When Painting With Color Is Good For Selling A Staged Home

Soothing Blue Master BedroomWhenever I meet with a client about staging their house for sale, one of the first questions I get is….Should I paint?  Painting is by far the easiest way to make a property feel brand new.  The challenge for most people is that they think that everything has to be painted white or they’re at the opposite end, where they think their red walls look just fine.

Here’s how I decide when painting with color or leaving existing colors (other than white), will help a house sell.

1) Using paint color to highlight architectural details.  Choosing a color other than white, like the pale blue in the picture above, will allow details like crown molding or custom built-ins to stand out as valuable features to potential buyers.  Buyers will pay more for a house with character, so why not show it off.

2) Adding whimsy or playfulness to a children’s room.  Within reason (meaning no neon green), adding color to a room that will be staged as a nursery or young child’s room will make the room feel light and welcoming to would-be-parents or children.  One of my favorite color schemes is soft pastel yellow for the walls with white ceilings and trim.  Buyers expect color in a children’s room, so give it to them.  It makes it easy for them to envision their own children playing there, which translates into more offers for sellers.

3) Make larger rooms feel more warm and inviting.  This is especially true for over sized living rooms and dining rooms, where people tend to spend a lot of time with family and friends.  You don’t have to repaint the whole room, but it could just be one wall which will act as the focal point for the room.  Where people go wrong is they paint the whole room red, or orange, or green….one wall, accent it with furnishings or accessories, and make sure it coordinates with the other colors in the room.

The next time you are selling a house with no color or too many colors, think of these three guides, and you’ll be well on your way to a faster, more profitable sale.

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Four Ways To Work Around Messy Tenants When Selling

022If you’ve ever tried to sell an apartment with a tenant in it, you already know what a challenge it can be.  Tenants typically don’t take care of the place like the owner would, and it can feel like you’re at their mercy.  Whether it’s the pile of dirty laundry, or the worn out couch, a messy tenant doesn’t have to sink your sale.

Here are four ways you can handle messy tenants and still get your client a sale.

1.  Ask the seller to consider giving the tenant an incentive for keeping the place tidy. If your seller has a good relationship with the tenant and has given them notice that they will be selling, way in advance, some times it may be as simple as just asking them to be neater. Other tenants, simply don’t care, and will need an incentive. An incentive could be monetary, i.e. an extra $500 when they move out, or something more intangible, like a glowing reference for their next apartment (a good lease will require tenants to keep a place orderly).
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3 Ways To Make A Space More Inviting When Selling

Many people walk into a house and can immediately tell if they like it or they don’t.  If they don’t like it, nine times out of ten it’s because the house doesn’t “feel” right to them. 

I’m often asked to make small updates and stage an apartment to make the buyer fall in love on sight, which is all about feelings.  The more inviting a space is, the more likely you are to get the offer you are looking for from a buyer.

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When To Fix A Bad Design

Recently, I’ve received a couple of calls from developers and brokers who were not happy with the design of some of the apartments they had on the market.  When I say not happy, I mean that they were not getting any interested buyers or offers.   Continue reading

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