Real Estate Tips: Window Coverings

By Adrienne Rockwell

When preparing your home to be placed on the real estate market, you want to make sure that your home looks as warm and inviting as possible to make buyers interested in purchasing the property. Many people know the old trick of having the home smell like fresh baked bread or cookies when potential buyers come for a showing, but there are many other things to consider as well.

A Home, Not Just a Property

Since homes are typically shown by a Realtor while the owner is away, the homeowner must be able to help the buyer see the home as the place for them by utilizing subtle cues. The seller wants the buyer to look at the property and think that, with a few minor changes, they would be able to live in the home comfortably. To achieve this end, it is important to realize that if the home is cluttered with too many family pictures and mementos, those artifacts of your personal life will get the attention that should go to the home itself. That derails the illusion you want to create, that the buyers would be at home there. On the other hand, the home cannot look like a sterile shell or it will be too hard for the buyer to visualize themselves living there.


Cosmetic Improvements

There are many things that you can do to the interior of the home to make it more inviting to potential buyers. Generally, when homeowners get ready to sell their home, the first thing they do is to get their home into a condition that is appealing and attractive on first impression. Any cosmetic repairs to the home that need to be made are usually completed then and all the walls are stripped of wallpaper or prior paint and repainted a neutral color. If the carpets need to be replaced, that is done as well.

Window Coverings Add Appeal

One of the easiest things to do is to ensure that you have attractive window coverings on the windows of your home. This is when the homeowner should replace or obtain window coverings for their home. The window coverings should be in neutral tones to match the walls and carpet. Bright colors should be avoided as the potential buyer may not like the colors that you have chosen and the sale might be lost because of it.

Choosing Window Coverings

There are many different types of window coverings to choose from when preparing your home for sale. Standard curtains, available in color-coordinated sets just about anywhere, are an easy choice with minimum involvement. The homeowner should ensure that the curtains are not too long for the window, and that the curtains are wide enough to cover the entire window with enough material left over to create a nicely draped appearance.

Many curtains come with optional valances and ties and the curtains look much better when the optional items are used as well. The homeowner may also choose to use blinds or shades in addition to the curtains. Basic window treatments will cost the homeowner a few hundred dollars, but they make the home more appealing to buyer and the home will sell more quickly, making the investment worthwhile.

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