(Closed) Selling house

posted 6 years ago in Home
  • poll: you can choose multiple topics.
    Paint all walls one color : (18 votes)
    9 %
    Paint rooms different colors but main areas one color : (9 votes)
    5 %
    Have bare minimum furniture. (no bookshelves full of stuff) : (32 votes)
    16 %
    Have generic items, no personal objects there (panda bear figurines) : (45 votes)
    23 %
    Have a nice smell, like apple pie scented plug in or something : (35 votes)
    18 %
    Keep basement bare, (it is unfinished anyways!) : (23 votes)
    12 %
    Plant flowers outside : (34 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @happyface:  Fiance was telling me yesterday about how you should do the minimum furnishings, to make the house look big. A room is either “furnished” or “unfurnished” in a buyer’s eyes. So if it is minimally furnished (think one chair and one sofa in a room that would fit 3 sofas) it looks “furnished” and big. But if you furnish it the way you would if you lived there then it will look small.

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    Wall color doesn’t bother me at all because painting is just something we expect to do.  What bothers me the most is a lot of clutter and a bad smell.  We went into one house that was only semi-cluttered but smelled like they had smoked in every room every day for the past fifty years and neither of us could get into it.  We have also seen pictures of homes with a lot of clutter and they’re not really appealing either.  The basement wouldn’t matter to me if it was bare and flowers would be nice but as long as the yard is the space I’m looking for, I know I can always plant flowers later. 

    I don’t know why the clutter and smells bother me since I know they’ll definitely be changed but they do. 

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    I didn’t actually vote on the painting thing….  I have heard that it is better to have neutral colours because it allows people to imagine their own personal touches, but I don’t think that means you have to paint very single room in your house white for example.  Saying that our house when we viewed it was painted HORRIBLY….  honest…  I’m taking orange (with blue wood and metal work) in the living room, bright green in the bedroom and a nearly neon blue in the kitchen.   However although we saw the paint work we needed to do we still loved the house!!

    Other than that I voted that you should keep furniture minimal, and impersonal….  I wouldn’t be put off by books on a book shelf, but I would be put off by a book shelf full of knick knacks, dolls and momentoes.  So I would say don’t make your house clinical, just make it look more like “you could live here” rather than “we live here” you know?

    Post # 6
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    2893 posts
    Sugar bee

    Plant flowers and leave a couple pieces of furniture. They did that to our house and I’l tell you, it’s one of the things that I loved about it. The flowers gave it charm, a homey feel. The couple pieces of furniture offered great perspective on the size of the room and potential layout without making it feel like someone still lived there or it was too crowded. 

    Post # 7
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    2697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I would get potted plants to place outside–hardier and you can take them with you.

    Also, don’t ask me why this works, but unless you have a beautiful carved oak front door or something, paint it blue.

    Post # 8
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    3375 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Mainly I would get rid of clutter and personal pics. I don’t think paint color matters too much (unless you painted with loud colors). Oh and hide evidence of dogs/cats if you can. I’m a dog lover, but every time I see a dog bed in a house I think about dog pee on the carpets.

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    The last home we sold had multiple offers within a few days, and was sold within the week. Here’s what we did… We completely cleaned and cleared out most everything, and put fresh paint in every room, we went with a light taupe. Cleaned out the furniture in the house, only leaving the dining room table and chairs, a nice comfy spot for the buyers to sign an offer on. We staged the kitchen with a few items, a turquoise kitchenaid, a pretty dish towel, and a bowl of oranges, nothing else, clean/empty cabinets and drawers. The bathroom was also completely cleaned and empty except for a few new fluffy white towels and a small vase of flowers. We also used one glade plug in the entryway, and had the windows professionally cleaned. The house looked inviting, clean, well maintained, and smelled good. 🙂

    Post # 9
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I would paint the walls neutral aa, for many buyers, it can be hard to see past paint colors they dislike (even though it is an easy fix).

    Keep the rooms furnished but not crowded and get rid of personal momentos (but keep books on the booksheves and such).

    A home-y smell would be nice as would flowers but I do think both of those are just nice extras.

    Post # 10
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    As far as wall paint, I would actually paint the rooms different colors, but totally neutral and nothing dark. Different shades of white and beige are always a good bet because they go with everything and no one is intimidated to paint over a light color.

    With the furniture, yes get rid of any junk and personal items lying around but don’t go too minimalist. It’s important to let buyers know what the rooms can be used for, so even if you have some crappy old furniture at least leave it set out in a way that shows the buyers how they could potentially set up the rooms themselves. A big empty room is actually more intimidating than a smaller well mapped out room.

    People love baked goods so the apple pie scent is a great idea. If it’s a nice day open the windows so they feel connected to the outside. And absolutely plant flowers if possible, most people with yards at least know something about gardening so that will be a great selling feature that will cost you very little. My apartment doesn’t have a back yard, but the broker put beautiful plants out on the fire escape for the open house and it had the same effect on me.

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    My favorite trick is to use premade cookie dough and just pop a couple cookies in the oven right before I had people over to see the house.

    Mmm everyone likes to smell cookies!

    Post # 12
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    2697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @happyface:  Gotcha. In that case, if you’re sticking with inside–empty as many rooms as you can of most of the furniture. Guest room? Clear it out and put in a desk. Staging is key. Remove any kids toys from view if you have them. Remove anything from view specific to your own personality. It sounds weird, but you’d be surprised how many people walk away from homes because they saw a football jersey of a team they don’t support or something silly like that.

    Wall colors should be neutral, or if you have pastels that is usually ok. Paint over any reds, orange, yellow, or darker colors. Greys, taupe, baby blue, etc are good.

    I second a poster above–don’t let on if you have any pets. Animal lovers don’t trust other animal lovers.

    Scents are nice, but be really careful that they don’t overpower. I recommend cookie scented. 😉

    Make sure the temperature is comfortable! People will rush through a home that is too warm or too cold instead of linger.

     

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee

    The colors of the walls don’t bother me that much, unless they are totally crazy and very taste specific.

    When we were looking for homes, we prefered to see homes with furniture. It helped us visualize the room a bit better. Clutter and smells bothered me. A few personal items didn’t bother me, it made the house feel more homey.

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