6 Ways To Make Your Listing Pop!
If you’re looking into ways to upgrade your home, you might have run across many ideas that involve a lot of work with minimal payoff. Keeping that in mind, it’s crucial to ensure that any money you invest into a house will come back to you once it’s listed. Still, it’s a good idea to put some time and effort into fixing up certain aspects that are sure to capture a potential buyer’s attention. We’ve compiled a list of six ways to make your house stand out to people in search of the perfect home (and one fantastic way to visualize it for a very low price).
- Fixtures & Doorknobs
- Curtains & Blinds
- The Perfect Photograph
Accent walls are trendy but can be incredibly dull and plain if you aren’t careful. Minimalism is winding down, and the muted tones you see everywhere no longer capture buyers’ attention. Instead of painting a wall a single color just a bit off from the original, consider using peel and stick wallpaper or shiplap. There are many options available on the market, and you can do it yourself or hire a professional. This is one sure way to bring attention to the size of a room and the potential of that space. The best part is whoever stages your home, whether you go the traditional staging route or choose virtual staging, they can create a gorgeous contrast with carefully selected items that give your house an extra unique appeal.
Scuffed wooden flooring, dirty grout, and well-worn carpet are a sure-fire way to turn people off when flicking through the listing of your home. Before you list, you should consider taking the time to resurface flooring, replace tile, or have your carpet treated. If you find it’s beyond an uplift, you might need to go all out and consider redoing the floors completely. Never forget that you’ll be getting into negotiations at some point, and unless people can at least visualize the potential of your home, you’ll be forced to lower the asking price. These touch ups are a good investment. Be sure that your flooring isn’t made from any of the more hazardous materials that were popular several decades ago. Not only will this impact you, but it can also put a damper on a potential sale. Fresh flooring will make a huge difference when people stack your home against the rest of their property options list.
#3. Fixtures and Doorknobs
One straightforward way to give your home a facelift and bring it into the most recent decade is to switch out the fixtures. Fixture trends have changed tremendously over the past several years, and someone can easily date your home by the fixtures within. You want a nice clean look that provides some of the more updated options on the market, such as one-tap kitchen faucets or even a touchless system. As for doorknobs, these easily get worn down over time, and some fall into ill repair. Replacing them and ensuring that everything matches will help a lot. The front door can also be brought into the most recent century by installing a smart lock. Yes, this is a relatively pricey upgrade, but people want to feel secure in their new home, and this is a great way to exemplify the peace and security your home will bring.
Another quick upgrade is the kitchen and bathroom cabinet hardware. This is an easy fix that will show buyers how perfect your home is for them! Even if it’s just subconscious, everyone touches and looks at the hardware in a house. Having new hardware is a must.
Having a fireplace is wonderful, but you want to ensure it’s a boon to your buyers. Many fireplaces look shabby or old and out of place. Since it’s usually the focus of the living room, you want to pay careful attention to how it presents. This means possibly replacing the mantelpiece and the facade, as well as having it professionally cleaned. The fireplace should also be surrounded by an accent wall with carefully orchestrated items that feel cozy and warm. It’s already the focus, be sure it shines. If you choose a virtual staging, you can even have your photos exemplify the perfect fire within. The ideal listing is all about capturing the attention of unrealized desires.
#5. Curtains and Blinds
Natural light draws the eye, and the curtains and blinds within your home will undoubtedly come under scrutiny. Sprucing up a room with fresh and airy curtains or fancy blinds is a great way to showcase the natural light available. Don’t let all this hard work and money go to waste by blocking off the windows, though. Leave whatever you choose open to create a brighter space and exemplify the surroundings. If you go the curtain route, be sure they set off the accent wall color, whether they contrast or match. With the proper staging, these window covers will do a lot more than you think.
#6. The Perfect Photograph
There’s no point in doing all this work if the photos on the listing don’t capture it in the best light. Once you’ve put the hard work in, it’s time to stage your home! You can offset a lot of the money you spent upgrading, by choosing to virtually stage and ensure that all the money you spent gets the careful attention it deserves. A virtual stager is both an interior decorator and photo editor in one, and they know how to take your upgrades and use them for maximum benefit. They can also do a few of these upgrades for you virtually, to show you first what a renovation will look like before you do it. While they can’t change your front door knob into a smart lock, they can certainly give your floors an extra shine or help you decide between which tile you’ll use in your bathroom. They can even show you the difference between choosing shiplap and wallpaper. A virtual stager can help with every part of the process, from brainstorming ideas to helping you visualize to giving potential buyers a peek into their future home.
Now that you know what to focus on, it’s time to get started. We wish you all the best on your home selling journey, wherever it may take you.
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