You know how some houses just give you a happy feeling when you’re in them? It could be a show home or even just a friend’s house you visit once in a while. But whenever you’re there you instantly feel at ease, uplifted and well, maybe green with envy because you want YOUR house to feel that way too.
Indeed, many Lethbridge homeowners have sold their homes because they fell head over heels for another house. It’s not necessarily that the home itself was of spectacular design or innovative function. More often than not the object of our affection simply “shows like a million bucks.”
A House Costs Money. Feeling at Home in a House? Priceless.
In a market where more homeowners are seeing the wisdom of hunkering down in one place for a while, a little “staging for the long haul” is worth the effort. But if you do want to sell your house, then you want buyers to likewise get that show home feeling the minute they walk through the door. Here are the 10 easiest ways I know to make it happen, without spending a lot of money:
1. Hang pictures lower.
It’s just weird to look up at a piece of art or a photograph. The focal point of the picture should be at eye level. This creates a sense of comfort and intimacy.
2. Delineate space.
Each room in your house should have one or two specific purposes, no more. Remove and reassign items to different rooms as needed. Put a throw rug down for enhanced comfort and definition. Instant zen.
3. Buy some bling.
Go to Winners or WalMart or even a garage sale and pick up a few pretty, shiny things to place on walls and tables. Keep scale in mind and ensure the piece will fill out the space appropriately. Your house will go from dreary to cheery.
4. Make your bed every day and put the dishes away.
This sounds so ridiculously simple but if you spend five minutes on this before you head out the door each morning, you’ll not only feel more relaxed when you come home, you’ll be more inclined to pick up after yourself and maintain the order.
5. Lighten up.
Inexpensive lamps work miracles in a dark living room, bedroom, or den. Keep lots of bulbs on hand to replace ones that have burned out. Take advantage of the Lethbridge sunshine by opening blinds and cleaning windows. Lighting a home lightens your mood.
6. Softer is better.
Designers and home stagers use this trick so often it’s beginning to sound trite. But you can buy beautiful toss cushions in every color and texture imaginable for very little. Two on each end of a sofa in contrasting colors or patterns instantly up-level a room. Add a luxurious throw to match and you’ll want to sink in and stay a while.
7. Edit ruthlessly.
Take a walk through each room and edit out items that clutter spaces or otherwise distract the eye from more attractive focal points. Show homes feel great because furniture, accessories, art and even functional items like appliances are allowed to “breathe.” You’ll breathe better too when every square inch is NOT used.
This is doable, right?
Take a couple of weekends to implement these seven strategies and by this time next month you’ll be enjoying that show home feeling … at least until an offer comes in!