by Stephanie Thomas
Stick a “for sale” sign in the yard and a few things will happen: you’ll find sentimental value in every perfectly-imperfect corner of your home, you’ll clean more thoroughly than when your mother-in-law comes for a visit, and you’ll watch your bank account dwindle long before it grows.
That’s because when it comes to selling a home, you have to spend a little money before you can make a lot of it. The question is
should you spend your money on? Today we’ll share a few quick changes you can make to help potential buyers see themselves in your space.
Present a peaceful atmosphere
Return to a neutral color palette, wherever possible, and add cool colors with accent pieces like this mohair blanket . Soothing tones and fabrics make your home a relaxing and inviting space.
Light the main living area
Install long-armed wall sconces over your couch or favorite reading chair to brighten the space and add an air of sophistication to the room. Choose a soft-white bulb and be sure to turn lamps and sconces on–and ceiling lights off–before each showing.
Wallpaper just one wall
Create an accent wall to freshen up your bedroom. This brick white wallpaper is modern, simple and–wait for it–removable! Give the room a focal point, no paste or paint required.
Replace that clunky chair
You may know how to maneuver through your crowded living room, but potential homebuyers won’t. Replacing just one large chair or loveseat with a sleek, neutral arm chair will make the room seem liveable again.
Bury your stuff in baskets
Grab a set of baskets you don’t mind leaving out–bonus points if they come with lids. Assign each basket a purpose and declutter to your heart’s content. If you really want to foolproof last-minute showings, leave one basket empty for miscellaneous messes.
Add class to the closet
Hang nearly floor-to-ceiling shelves in your closet for the ultimate in luxurious storage. Stack sweaters, boots and shoes, and boxes filled with accessories. You’ll get tons of items off the floor without sacrificing much space. And your closet will look and, more importantly, feel bigger.
Magnify with a mirror
The secret to a bigger room is simple. You don’t need a contractor or a renovation budget. You need a mirror . A mirror reflects light and space. Choose one that’s long and tall for hallways, short and wide or round for rooms.
Leave a final touch of cheer
Top your entryway or dining room table with a vase of flowers. Keep the bouquet simple and seasonal. Pen a note to buyers– you could thank them for looking and mention a few reasons you love your home–and stick the corner of the note under your vase.