Home Sellers Guide and Style Tips, Everything You Need To Know.
Real estate professionals advise home sellers to always present a clean and de-cluttered house when preparing the space for potential buyers. However, in a competitive market and a culture that binges home improvement shows, clean and clutter-free may not be enough. It’s often about style and the right décor to help the buyer feel a connection with home beyond its floor plan and great neighborhood.
When staging a home for sale, sellers should consider certain trending styles, while avoiding décor faux pas.
Faux Finishes: Yes
Sometimes a few upgrades can add value to the home without breaking a budget. Faux finishes, according to Elle Décor, are a trend that can’t be overlooked. They’re a budget-friendly alternative to high-end materials, ideal for home sellers wishing to add updates without investing a fortune. For example, transform a kitchen by replacing worn out laminate countertops with engineered quartz. The engineered quartz has the look of
marble without the expense.
Still Stainless Steel
A popular kitchen trend for a long while, stainless steel appliances still are on the wish lists of potential buyers. If choosing to replace appliances before listing the home for sale, consider going with stainless steel finishes to attract buyers—it’s a look that really helps create the open feel sellers should be going for with their staging efforts. For an additional perk, opt for smudge-proof stainless steel that’s available in various appliance brands.
LESS IS MORE
Home sellers know that presenting a space that’s free from clutter makes a positive impression on a potential buyer. While removing kid and pet toys from the family room floor is a good start, the ‘less is more’ theory extends further. Remove the dozens of family pictures that line a staircase to make the stairway feel wider and more open. Choose a single focal object for smaller end tables and de-clutter the fireplace mantle, simply displaying an elegant trio of stagger-height candles. In the kids’ rooms, reduce the stuff animal display on the bed from 20 to three or four and make sure all bookcases aren’t overstuffed as this also makes a room feel cluttered and even smaller.
Bright copper and rose gold accents have been on trend. However, Country Living recently reported that “rose gold and copper seem to have run their course.” This doesn’t mean those real copper fixtures will be looked upon as out-of-date by buyers — those real copper fixtures are classics. It does mean that when selecting accents like decorative dishes to display on the counter, avoid the shiny brass pieces and opt for something like a darker, aged brass or go with colorful ceramics that are perfect on a light-colored surface.
Woven Textiles Add Warmth and Texture
From woven baskets in natural hues to unique tapestries for a focal wall, textiles can add warmth and texture to a room. A clean, modern design can attract buyers, but a bit of warmth can be beneficial as well. It’s easy to include this type of décor when staging and it’s definitely a trend to consider.
In this modern era of technological marvels, there’s often a critical need to unplug and unwind at the end of a chaotic day. Create a comforting retreat that potential home buyers can see themselves in when viewing the space. A living room with cozy seating, plump pillows, and a throw blanket tossed elegantly across a plush ottoman creates a comfortable setting without a huge expense.
Home sellers don’t have to spend a fortune on décor and staging. It’s possible to make budget-friendly style choices while avoiding those pitfalls that may make a potential buyer move on to the next listing. Clean, clutter-free, and a combination of classic and trendy décor choices can help impress home buyers.