Baby Boomers

Affordable Tips For a Showroom Ready Home

March 20, 2023 • Fenny Peiffer


Whether you plan to sell in the near future or somewhere down the road, now is a great time to take inventory of the items in your home that could use a little sprucing up. Most of us have a list of fix-it projects, and maybe an overlooked cobweb here, and there, but to a potential buyer, it’s those little details that can make or break a sale. Increase your home’s value, and improve your chances of seller success, with a few updates, and finishing touches to help set the stage. Worried about a limited budget? You can easily DIY your way to a market-ready home, and the offer you deserve without breaking the bank.

Sweep On Some Color

There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to update cabinetry, lighten up a dark space, or transform a stark room into a cozy retreat.  Steer clear of bold primary colors, and instead select a soothing palette to make your home feel warm, and inviting. According to Zillow dramatic color choices can actually decrease the sales price by hundreds of dollars, so choosing neutrals overstatement shades not only keeps the space timeless but most importantly appeals to buyers seeking a move-in ready home.

Change Out Hardware

Homebuyers want a space that’s up-to-date, and polished.  If you’ve ever watched a home makeover show, outdated kitchens, and baths are the first rooms to get a facelift. By simply replacing faucets, towel bars, cabinet pulls, and lighting, you’ll add a modern flair to your home without spending a fortune. Classic finishes like bronze or brushed nickel add an instant upgrade to old fixtures

Clean Out The Clutter

Pretend you’re seeing your home for the first time, and take note of what’s sitting on your kitchen counter, in your bedroom, or in the laundry room. Piles of newspapers, Fido’s overflowing toy basket, or the cereal boxes on top of the refrigerator minimize spaces making them feel cramped rather than maximizing square footage. Forbes recommends a minimalist approach to decorating and using indoor plants or flowers to highlight certain areas in the home.

Take It Outside

Well-maintained landscaping not only looks good, but it tells buyers that the home is cared for.  Overgrown shrubbery and rampant weeds may make someone wary of what else may be neglected inside, and most folks don’t want a major yard overhaul right off the bat. Trim back trees, keep the lawn fertilized, and add some additional curb appeal with flowers, and shrubs.  Add a table, and chair to the backyard or patio to create an inviting outdoor area, and make any necessary repairs to fences, and irrigation.

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