Recently, I wrote about how a person needs to emotionally “break up” with their home before putting it up for sale. You can read it here. This blog will discuss the next step, Giving the Ex-House the WOW. This step is less easily relatable to a real life break up–because let’s face it, who wants to send their ex off looking better than they did before?
After you have de-cluttered and de-personalized your space it may look bare. This often happens when many family photos have been displayed without a lot of art or accessories. While it would feel good to leave your real life ex with very little, this isn’t in the best interests of the ex-house. The bare space will not show well in MLS photos or in person, making it difficult to receive the top dollar for the sale of your ex-home. So after the de-cluttering & de-personalizing—it’s time for Da WOW! Got big empty walls? They could benefit from a big piece of art! The art should be somewhat plain and not too specific. It should not really “speak” to anyone. It should be visually pleasing and add some interest without making potential buyers stop and think about it for too long. They should be thinking of one thing only—BUYING THE HOUSE. The colors in the chosen art should help to tie the room together.
Before- bare walls and few accessories
After: One great piece of art and a some accessories completely transform the space
Before: A living room with bare walls
After: A cityscape and black lamps give the room the WOW
If your budget is tight you may want to check with friends or family members who might just have the perfect piece that you can borrow for a few weeks! Generally speaking, one piece for each room as a focal point is the minimum. In the average room no more than a couple of spots with art or mirrors on the wall is all that is needed. However, it really depends on each particular space. If you have a bit of money to spend, check at Home Sense for an inexpensive piece of canvas art. Look for cityscapes, landscapes, abstracts, or architecture art.
Before: Another living room with bare walls
After: Abstract art and accessories finish the space
Another option is to have a professional Home Stager bring in art as well as the final touches that are necessary to add the WOW factor. A Home Stager will charge a monthly rental fee based on the items provided.
The second part of the WOW factor is accessories. It is amazing what a few mindfully selected accessories can do for the space. They are the finishing touches that complete each room and make the space feel like home (a generic home but a home nonetheless). Depending upon your budget, you can always borrow, buy or rent these items as well.
Before- the light shower does nothing for the photo
After- A contrasting shower curtain, a touch of color in the towels and some art all help to make this main bath look totally different
In the end, the home should look more like a showhome rather than someone’s personal space. Your buyer will love adding their own touches after they move in! Have a great day & happy home sales to you, Jill Williams Home Stager @ Tilt Staging and Design