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Selling A Home: Decorating Tips For Success

Jun 1, 2008
These days it takes more than advertising to sell a home. In many areas the market is flooded, and well cared for homes that are competitively priced and well decorated are the homes that are selling. A home must look appealing to potential buyers, and when it is cluttered or poorly decorated it will make a lasting impression, but it will not be positive impression. When selling a home, consider the following decorating tips for success, and turn your dream of selling your home into a reality.

Clear Away the Clutter

A cluttered unorganized home is a dwelling that appears unkempt and messy, and when a home is cluttered potential buyers wonder what other problems that are not obvious might exist. A home that is organized and free from clutter appears to be well cared for, and it also looks roomier and more adequate. Imagine opening a closet to find it stuffed with clothing and other odds and ends. It would appear that closet was not adequate, and if all closets are completely full the entire home will seem to be lacking storage space.

Begin by clearing away the clutter, and get rid of items you no longer want or need. If a stored item is in question, ask yourself this. Have I used this item in the past year or two? If the answer is no, chances are you really do not need it. Donate unused items to your favorite charity or hold a yard sale. Not only will you make your home appear neater and roomier, but you will also earn a little extra cash for your efforts.

Neutralize Color

Deep red walls in the kitchen or deep blue walls in a living room might be appealing to a homeowner that chose those hues, but dark or bold colors are not for everyone. When potential buyers enter a dwelling they want to find a home that requires very little work upon moving in, and although painting is the least expensive way to completely change the look of a home, it is not an easy task. Painting is time-consuming, and after the hard work and stress of packing and moving, repainting is not something anyone wants to tackle right away.

If you want your home to appeal to the greatest number of potential buyers, opt for neutral colors such as creamy beige or rich vanilla. It is true that you cannot please everyone, but if a homebuyer does not appreciate neutral walls, at least they can live with the color or lack thereof until they are ready to repaint. Bright, dark, or bold walls will have to painted as soon as possible to match furnishings, but neutral walls match almost every color and style.

Choose Tasteful Decor

Potential buyers want to envision themselves in your home, and if family photos and personal collections grace the walls, the imagination becomes foggy and the presence of personal items could turn some people away. When trying to sell your home, remove personal effects, and opt for classy items such as wrought iron wall hangings, wall mirrors, wall vases, or beautiful architectural pieces. Make your home look like a model home, and with personal effects removed and clutter cleared away, you will have the best chance of selling your home within a reasonable period of time.
About the Author
Jessica Ackerman is the featured author at Wall Decor and Home Accents. Shop today for great deals on contemporary wall sculpture, architectural pieces, abstract metal wall art and more unique wall decor products.
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