The brutal heat of Summer has finally passed and many homeowners are taking this time to tackle home improvement projects.
Yards are tidied. Flower beds receive a new layer of mulch. Gutters are cleared in preparation for long winters of rain, snow, and ice. It can be a busy time, especially for homeowners looking to sell.
Most homes need some sort of repairs or updates before they are listed for sale. Everything from daily wear and tear to outdated kitchens can be buyer turn-offs. While the inventory of available homes has shrunk in recent months, buyers know that many sellers still face steep competition to sell and to sell at list price.
Sellers must do everything they can to entice a buyer. Color has a distinct ability to affect mood. Sellers will also be happy to know that color can affect the mood of potential buyers!
Color has multiple functions: walls, floors, and staging.
First, consider the color of your interior walls and ceilings. Buyers want fresh, clean palettes that fit with the style of a home. Neutrality is key, but there's a twist. Neutral can mean anything from grey to yellow to brown. Which will work best in your home?
It all depends on architectural style. Traditional homes would bode well to have walls in warm, rich tones. Cottages or beach side homes can take advantage of natural fibers (earthy browns) paired alongside crisp blues or greens.
Continue your theme throughout your updates. If you have a beach theme in your living room, then don't opt for updating your kitchen with heavy, dark slate tile. It's a clash that buyers will notice. Instead, examine options within your budget. Ceramic and porcelain are budget-friendly choices that can come in neutral creams and whites. Higher budgets can allow for marble, limestone, and travertine.
While flooring choices are as varied as homeowners themselves, the color du jour for flooring is still mid-range browns for laminate and hardwood. There's a good reason to avoid super light or dark shades if you plan on reselling your home at some point. Middle ground floors are less likely to turn-off buyers.
Finally, stage with color in mind. With your neutral wall as a backdrop, accent the room with one or two colors of your choice. Incorporate those colors in varying patterns. Stripes and floral prints can be real show stoppers when done in the same color scheme.
The key with color and selling is to make your home appealing to a wide range of buyers. Sticking with neutral colors that fit within a design scheme is a sure-fire way to impress.