We’ve spent countless hours binge watching one of our favorite home decor duos — the Property Brothers. Here are some things we learned from Drew and Jonathan Scott about getting your house ready for the open market. And when you’re watching “Property Brothers: Buying + Selling”, keep an eye out for the Art.com wall art in some of the featured homes.
THREE EASY PIECES
If nothing else, when getting your house ready for sale, always remember these three things: de-personalize, de-clutter, and de-grime.
Declutter: Clear off the countertops and pack away the tchotchkes. That Eiffel Tower snow globe may have great sentimental value, but pack it away for now.
De-grime: As a final touch, make your house sparkle: Wash the windows, and wipe down countertops, shower doors and bathroom surfaces.
MAKE A GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION
Your front door is one of the first things people see when they come look at your house. As the entry point to a home, the front door’s job is to welcome visitors and (hopefully) make a good first impression. Start by giving the door a coat of high-gloss paint, in a bold color. Then take a look at the hardware; if it’s worn or broken, replace it. If it’s in decent shape, polish it up until it shines. You might also consider a new Welcome mat or planters to create a more defined entry.
GIVE EACH ROOM A SINGLE PURPOSE
The last thing you want is for potential buyers to wonder what room they are in. If you have a living room that doubles as a kids’ playroom, or a nook in the kitchen that serves as an office, it’s time to re-focus. Don’t create confusion by sticking a desk in the corner and calling a room an office. Removing extraneous furniture will give each room a singular purpose, and help buyers imagine themselves living in the space. And for spaces with more of an open concept, you can add a food-relate print to help define where the kitchen ends and the family room begins.
ADD A SPLASH OF COLOR
It’s no secret that color can have a huge impact on mood. So before putting your house up for sale, take a look around. If your current color palette is a little monotone, consider adding some energy to the mix. A coat of paint on the walls, or even on just one accent wall, is a great way to liven up any space. And if you don’t feel like getting out the paintbrush, you can add removable wallpaper or throw pillows to liven things up with minimal effort.
KICK YOUR FURNITURE TO THE CURB (AT LEAST TEMPORARILY)
Maybe you have an impeccable collection of antique furniture, that you wouldn’t part with for anything. But oversized pieces can make a room look small, and furniture with a very distinct look might not appeal to a wider audience. Most homebuyers want a more contemporary look. That doesn’t mean you have to get rid of grandma’s antique armoire – it just means you might want to put it in storage while the house is for sale. You can also dress up a bare table by adding candles, boxes, or faux botanicals.