Are you putting your home on the market? Before you do, we want to share with you five factors that sell homes. While each home varies in needs, these five factors have proven to be important to buyers. So before you list it, make sure you check it. Let’s take a look!
Five Factors That Sell Homes:
As flooring experts, we understand how important good flooring is in a home, especially one that you are trying to sell. If your current floors are beaten up or worn out, it may be best to replace them. New floors can help increase your home’s value and create a more alluring buying opportunity for buyers.
2. Kitchen + Bathrooms.
Any good real estate agent will tell you that the two most important rooms to buyers are the kitchen and bathroom(s). Take a good look at the quality and presentation of these rooms. If it is less than pleasing, you will want to take action. Redoing these areas can get expensive; therefore, you want to set a budget and make sure you see a return-on-investment. Simple updates like replacing old hardware and new paint can do just the trick. Just be sure that your rooms are making a good lasting impression on buyers.
Believe it or not, closets are important to buyers. They ideally want an organization system inside the closet. If your closet does not currently have one, install it. You want everything to look clean and organized. Store anything that you do not need in your closet inside of the storage unit.
4. Paint Choices.
Neutrals are the best color choice for selling a home. Buyers want to imagine themselves living inside of your home and they should not be able to block that vision with a bright green wall. While colorful walls are stylish, they may cause you a lost sale. Be sure to add soothing neutrals throughout your space to help ensure a sale.
A huge turn-off to potential buyers is clutter. If they cannot see your home and all of its potential due to the amount of clutter in your space, you need to take some serious organizational steps. First, you want to cut back on decor. While decor adds personality, it can also block buyers from visualizing themselves in your home. Place a minimal amount of decor pieces inside of your rooms to help ensure that buyers are seeing the whole picture. Next, you want to store anything that you do not plan on using in the next couple of months. This includes items like seasonal decor, clothing, old photos, etc. Ideally, you will want to rent out a storage unit for these items to get them out of sight and out of mind. Lastly, you want to take a look at your furniture. Are there any pieces that are overwhelming the space? If so, you want to cut back on what you can to reduce the visual distractions.
We hope you enjoyed these tips and good luck on selling your home!
Are you thinking about putting your home on the market? Then you know how important it is to attract potential buyers by making some upgrades to your home. From fixing a broken doorbell to installing a new heating system the projects, your home’s undertakings may seem endless; however, if you are working with a relatively small budget, you should focus on the projects that will give you the most bang for your buck. Check out these five tips for getting your home ready for a sale!
Five Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Sale:
1. Remove All the Things You Do Not Need
Every professional home stager will first recommend that you declutter your entire house. This includes storage areas like the garage and the basement. Just think, a house packed with stuff looks much smaller than it really is. Clutter prevents potential buyers from getting a full view of the home and they will not really get to see what they are buying. If you are moving because you have outgrown your house, you should consider renting a storage unit temporarily if you cannot part with some items.
As previously mentioned, the allocated storage areas in the home like basement and garage also needs to be decluttered. Use shelves and wall storage units to organize and make these areas neater.
2. Hire A Handyman
Consider hiring a professional handyman for the day to fix small things around the house. While it may not be a big deal to buyers to see one or two things wrong in the house, they will get turned off by a host of small things that needs repairing. This can raise red flags. Create a list of minor things that need to be fixed around the house and have a handyman repair them.
3. Curb Appeal is Everything
Capture a buyer’s attention before they even enter your home by giving a good first impression. Make sure the front lawn is well maintained and the house is well lit. Little things like getting a fresh new mailbox, a doorbell and fixing a faded house number can make a world of difference.
4. Purchase All New Accessories
Yes, new accessories like fresh pillows, stylish lamps and fluffy towels will make your home look fresh and clean. You can even purchase pieces that adds to the decor of your home. A well-styled look is important to attract buyers.
5. Each Room Should Have A Function
Be sure to have a clear purpose for each room and nook. It should be defined with the appropriate furnishing. If you have a spare room that is filled with all kinds of stuff then you will want to define its function.
When you bought your home, you probably knew that there may come a day where you would sell it. With selling your home, you ideally want the greatest return-on-investment. But in order to get a return-on-investment, you have to take into account your home’s overall value. To help increase your home’s value, we have created three simple tips that were recommend by experts. Let’s take a look!
3 Simple Tips to Increase Your Home’s Value:
- One Step at a Time.
Experts recommend that homeowners take on projects one step at a time. It can feel a bit overwhelming if they try to do all of the projects at the same time. Instead, we recommend starting with the basics and moving onto more complex projects. For example, experts say to start off with the living room. The living room is often the easy room to redo. Afterwards, you can begin to focus your attention on more complex rooms like the kitchen and bathrooms.
- Focus on Floors.
Of course, as flooring experts, we recommend having beautiful floors. The floors in your home can make or break a design. They are the glue to an entire remodeling project; therefore, they should not be taken lightly. When renovating or remodeling, you want to project a lot of your efforts into the floors. That means that you must have a clear budget in mind for them. If you do not have the money right now, start saving so that you can increase your home’s value with beautiful flooring.
- The Important Spaces.
If you are selling your home, the two most important spaces to buyers are your kitchen and bathroom(s). These spaces are often the most important and expensive to remodel. But in order to increase your home’s overall value, you need to have a beautiful kitchen and bathroom. Experts say that the design of the room is not as important as the flow, especially in your kitchen. You want to have space that flows easily; therefore, that may mean rethinking your kitchen’s current appliances placement.
If you are interested in upgrading your home’s floors, we have a wide selection of beautiful flooring available and with financing options available, your dream home is closer than you may think. Contact us today or stop by our showroom for more information and pricing.
There’s nothing that gets you going like the opportunity to completely decorate a blank canvas or update your home’s decor. You’ve spent numerous hours on Pinterest looking for some inspiration now you finally have the chance to put your creative brain to work. While designing a space can be exciting it’s also a tough process that can definitely get overwhelming. That’s why we’re letting you in on some of the insider secrets of decorating like a pro.
Don’t be in a rush to purchase furniture
Be sure to take your time when investing in furniture for your home. You don’t want to rush the process just so you can fill up the empty space. Shop around and only buy furniture that you absolutely love. It’s important to create a space that you’ll thoroughly enjoy.
Go with your gut feeling
Relying on your instincts during the design process is crucial. Sometimes the endless possibilities can make the decision-making process so difficult. But what was your first choice? When you go with your initial feelings you’ll likely be happier with the results.
Remember the light
Between the wall treatments and floor plans, lighting often gets left out of the equation. However, the right lighting strategy can have a dramatic effect. It sets the mood as well as highlight the room’s best features. Chandeliers, lamps and other types of lighting fixtures can be the perfect accessories to dress up the room.
With so many ideas running through your head you might be tempted to find a way to combine several different elements in one space. This will make the room look cluttered and tacky. You want your home to feel like it’s been curated over time not like you purchased a bunch items at once.
Create an area of emphasis
Every room needs a focal point or an element of surprise. The location of the element will be the conversation piece when your guests enter and it will tie in the overall look. This element should be bold and stand out from the rest of the elements in the room
The master bedroom is your personal sanctuary. It’s the place where you can shake off the stresses of the day and unwind in whatever way you see fit. So, it makes a lot of sense for this area of your home to be more customized than rooms that are commonly shared with the rest of your family and visiting guests. To make sure that your bedroom design is serving your needs in the best way possible, read on for some tips to make sure it’s potential is maximized.
The color scheme of the room is the first thing that will create a sense of calm upon entering. Be sure to choose a relaxing neutral or cool color for your most dominant hue. Warm colors such as red and orange represent activity and wakefulness—not exactly what you’re looking for in a room you want to catch some quality sleep in. Instead try a cool gray or blue on the walls since this space will account for most of the surface area in the room. If you enjoy bright colors, you can still inject them into the design through accents such as pillows, artwork or the base of a nightstand lamp. But again, this room is all about alleviating the burdens of the day, so be gentle with your color choices.
The right lighting is essential for resting your eyes after a long day. Be sure to install light bulbs that emit warm white light, which will be softer on the eyes and better transition them for lights out later in the evening. When the lights are on, however, using a dimmer switch is recommended. This way you will be able to customize the brightness of the room to coincide with your activities. Reading a book will require bright light while catching up on your favorite TV show with a glass of wine handy will not. The more options you have, the more customized the space feels.
Place the items in your bedroom that bring you satisfaction. If that is a large screen television or a leather armchair and floor lamp for reading, then so be it. This space is all about what makes you happy and helps you feel good at the end of the day. Only allow items that bring you joy into the room. The flip side of this idea is to keep what you have in the room organized. Once you have all the things you need, do not clutter up the space with unnecessary extras. It is worth it at the end of the day to enter your personal sanctuary and have it clean and ready to receive you.
In the second part of our series, we discussed reworking your daily cleaning routine and dedicating an extra 15 minutes a day to organizing your home. We also talked about how purchasing supplies to give each item a designated area will help you keep them maintained once the process is complete. In the final part of our series we will be discussing making your living space work for you, keeping surface areas clean and being open to making adjustments to the process as you go along.
Consider Rearranging Space
While you may have gotten started on organizing each room of your home and purchasing supplies that will help keep things clean, look at the configuration of each space. Having the room arranged in a way that is not conducive to cleanliness can contribute to the problem. Are there items that are hard to reach or difficult to put away? Simply moving some things around so there is a direct line to where they need to be can give you the motivation to see a task through. If it feels like you have to walk through a maze to return an item to its spot, then it’s time to create a path.
Simplify Your Surface Areas
While you are making sure that the floors, walls and storage areas are clean, do not forget your open surface spots. Counters, dressers, and TV stands are all good examples of places in your house that may end up with a bunch of random items on top of them. Keep these areas as free from clutter as you can. Cleared areas are easier to wipe down during the day. Having to remove the items, dust them off, clean the surface area and then return them to their spot can be a deterrent from cleaning due to the time involved.
Remain Open to Change
As your routine evolves each day, keep note of what is working and what’s not. Always be open to making little tweaks here and there to make your organization project work for you. Every plan is not one size fits all, so try out these methods and customize them as you go along. You may find that you have more time for organizing if you space your household chores correctly. More time will help you reach your goals more quickly. Also allow yourself time to take a break if you are having an overwhelming day. You need to be your best, and the tasks will still be there tomorrow.
We hope you enjoyed our series on home organization. Check back with us for more ideas on how to make your living space work for you!
In Part One of our series we talked about how to get started on your organization journey by deciding to accomplish your goals gradually. We also discussed preparing a to-do list ahead of time and incorporating daily walkthroughs to prevent further clutter. Now it’s time to tackle that list, and we’re here to help you get started.
Rework Your Cleaning Routine
To make this work, you need to be able to fit your new to-do list in with your current cleaning duties. An extra 15 minutes of commitment each day will help you reach your goals. This 15 minute period is also a good time to decide which tasks are daily tasks and which ones can wait a little longer. Not only are you organizing in a gradual way, but you also have to spread your responsibilities evenly, so you have the best chance of success. While the kitchen should stay on your day to day list for hygienic reasons, you may find that you can skip a day or two of laundry. Changing things up will help you find the time to keep your home maintained once the organizational process is complete.
Tackle One Area Each Day
Once you complete your routine tasks, pull out your list and stick to one location. You have a short block of time to work with, and you do not want to spend it running around all over the house. At the same time, decide if any items have outlived their usefulness and can be discarded. Check for expired products in the bathroom, paperwork in the home office that can be shredded or old clothing in your closet that can be donated. Taking the time to remove these items will save you space when you tidy that particular area up. Once 15 minutes has passed, move on with your day. Keep in mind that each task may take more than 15 minutes to complete but maintaining this limit will conserve your energy in the long run. Don’t worry, in time you will start to see some significant changes.
Consider Purchasing Organizational Supplies
While you work each day on organizing a different section of your home, think about its functionality. Sometimes just purchasing organizational supplies will make it easier for you to keep things clean. Organization could be as simple as using plastic containers and a label maker so that items have a designated space and can be easily retrieved. Installing wooden shelves can help display items that may have been taking up space in a box on the floor. If pictures are lying around, find a frame for them and hang them up. Give each item purpose and make it work for you.
For more tips on how to organize your home, please read on in Part Three of our series!