BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – May 17, 2012 – For sellers, ‘staging’ is a successful tactic often used to increase the appeal of their home to prospective buyers. While most sellers understand the importance of curb appeal, removing clutter and thoroughly cleaning, homebuilder Pulte created a list of other activities that can make a home look its best.
“One of the most important points (is for sellers) to understand the type of person who will likely buy their house,” says Janice Jones, national vice president of merchandising at Pulte Homes. “Singles, young families and empty nesters all have different needs, wants and tastes. Understanding the buyer’s hot buttons will help homeowners determine whether they should change any current spaces to create a better match with the lifestyle of the most likely buyer.”
Adding a punch of color to accent walls or trim can create depth, enhance kitchen cabinets or bring a boring bathroom to life. Novice designers should draw inspiration from everywhere – home furnishing stores, children’s favorite toys or even a local sports team. Complementing colors can also be found in accessories, such as throw pillows, coffee table books and decorative canisters. Neutral colors in flooring materials, upholstery pieces and window dressing work well to enhance brighter accents.
Less is more
Avoid cluttered spaces and aim to keep rooms inviting, comfortable and memorable. This requires furniture that maximizes seating space without crowding a room. Doing so makes living spaces appear much larger and livable.
Focus on the home
Homeowners achieve better results by displaying only their most important collectible treasures in a bookcase, see-through furniture cabinet or open shelving. The focus should be on the home, not the current homeowner’s knick-knacks.
Know the latest trends
Design trends have been moving toward simple, clean lines, an organic approach and a relaxed look overall. Flat screen TVs, laptop computers and other technology have changed the need for heavy, deep pieces.
Even small changes reap rewards
A small decorating project can make a significant difference. Interior design, whether a top-to-bottom makeover or simply a room refresh, gives sellers an ideal opportunity to make a strong first impression.
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