Apple Kitchen Decor At Walmart. It isn’t always easy to make the decision to sell…especially if you are doing so because of the tough economy. You have spent years fine tuning your house to fit the personalities and needs of your family, and you all love it just the way it is.
The first time someone comes to look at your place, you may overhear comments that hurt your feelings; about your choice of colors, the style of your furniture…”What on earth ever made them pick those draperies for the living room?” You love those draperies! I know all about that, because I’ve been there.
Today there are so many homes on the market that buyers can pick and choose…and bargain. So what is going to make them purchase YOUR home? Well, it could be the best bargain, monetarily. It might, by chance, be exactly the right color scheme for the buyer’s furniture. But most often, the house they pick is one that is in good condition, clean, looks roomy and uncluttered, and is neutral enough that they don’t have to replace counters, carpeting, and other permanent fixtures.
Well, if you are selling because of tough times, you aren’t going to replace them, either, so what you have to do is make your home look comfortable and inviting, and ready to move in to. When prospects walk through, every room should be saying “Welcome to your new home.” If they can picture their furniture and their family in your place, you have a sale.
So how do you do this? By depersonalizing your home, removing excess “things” and eliminating clutter. Here are some tips for turning your house into a quick sale without having to give it away:
• This may surprise you, but uncluttered, orderly cabinets and closets are rally important. It doesn’t just tell a buyer that you took care of your space; it also suggests that there is ample storage throughout the house, and that there was no need to overstuff every available space and cabinet! So either pack away half of the stuff you won’t need for a while, or designate one closet that can be locked and put it all in there with a sign on it to stay out. Boxes should be marked for a move and stacked in the basement or the garage.
• Remove unnecessary furniture, especially if it is worn or needs repair. The room will look larger, and the impression will be better. The same goes of knicknacks, curios, and paintings, especially if they are religious, ethnic, or political. Unless you refuse to sell to anyone who does not share your beliefs, why risk negative feelings and emotions from a prospective buyer?
• Streamline your kitchen counters. Remove small appliances that aren’t used often, and make the ones that remain shine! Take the kiddie pictures off the refrigerator, remove your stacks of paperwork, and limit your personal notes. Again, cabinets and drawers need to appear orderly. When visitors are asked not to look in drawers, cabinets, and closets, they automatically assume you are hiding something.
• If the walls need painting, slap a coat of white or off-white on them. It will make the place look cleaner, brighter, lighter, and more neutral…something they can live with until they are ready to do some decorating.
• If your curtains are getting shabby, and you don’t want to replace them, remove them. Either put up a cheap white shade (you can buy them at Walmart for a couple bucks), or just wash your windows. You want the place to look bright, light, and airy anyway.
If your house looks light, bright, and well loved, the buyer will feel that. So throw on a few lights, invite them to look everywhere but in your dresser drawers, and get out of the house so they can look and talk and imagine without you listening. Oh…and don’t forget to add a nice homey smell. Lavender, vanilla, and holiday scents are very nice, but when overused appear to be masking unpleasant odors.
So much nicer to have a homey kitchen smell pervading the house. You know, bread cooling on the counter…or perhaps an apple pie that just came out of the oven. Fresh brewed coffee…you might even offer some to them and the realtor before you leave. And if you simply don’t have time for that nonsense, boil a small pot of water with a teaspoon of cinnamon in it, uncovered, for a few minutes, and then cover it and leave it on the stove. Yummy! Hope this helps!