Home Decorating: The Dollar Value of Pleasing Aesthetics

Looking to increase the value of your home as easily as possible? Whether you’re selling your home of 20 years, or you’re trying to do a quick flip, there are a few key aspects of the home that set the mood for buyers. You need to make your home stick out as something special to the casual shopper, the something special that makes people want to live in the home.

It’s time to make your home Aesthetically pleasing!

The finishing touches that probably seem like fluff to the guys that fix everything with duct tape, are worth thousands to the buyer. Little extras often add 5-10% to the value of the home at selling time, which can be a huge amount of money in your pocket.

Asking realtors about points that sell a home, and you’ll hear about staging. Staging is the way you set the scene in your house using your furniture and artwork to show the beauty and potential of your home. Your goal is to show potential buyers how the house could be their home. The more the buyers can see the potential, the more they are willing to pay. Look for key features of your home to accentuate. If you have a great view out your living room window, arrange the furniture so that the window is the focal point. Then take all clutter out of the room, to make it look spacious, and more neutral to the buyer, and less personalized to you.

In each room of the house, decide what the purpose of the room was intended to be, and then look at how you’re using it. If you converted a bedroom into a hobby room or a storage room, now is the time to clear the room out from things other people will see as “your junk”. Make it look like a functional bedroom, so the buyers see the potential.

When your serious about selling the home you live in, the best way to start staging is to rent a storage locker and move most of your stuff out of your home. Now pretend that the house is not your home anymore, it’s a product that you’re trying to sell. This means packing up your personal items, photos, heirlooms etc., and storing them.

A fresh coat of paint always makes a home look better maintained, but what colors to choose? Since you want to appeal to a wide range of buyers, keep the colors neutral, and the decorating style functional, and simple. Go to show homes and get a sense of popular neutral color schemes, like taupe’s that are warm and inviting, and look elegant.

Take the time to make any minor repairs that buyers may or may not notice. Fix the leaky faucets, replace light bulbs etc. If you don’t like your light fixtures, replace them. If you have a garden, take the time to weed it, and cut the lawn. In spring, cut a few flowers and put the in a vase in the living room, which always adds a welcoming and attractive touch.

If you don’t think you have the knack for this kind of thing, you could hire a staging professional. However, after looking at a few show homes, you should have a pretty good idea about the popular tips & tricks in this area. Your realtor will also be an excellent resource for you, as they have been in thousands of homes, and will help you identify the key aspects of your home that you’ll want to accentuate to potential buyers.