If a homeowner really wants to sell his/her home there are some basic features that must be addressed and here is the second on the list:
#2 APPEAL TO THE SENSES
- Homes that promote lots of natural light are more appealing - keep windows clean, consider replacing harsh fluorescent fixtures, use well placed mirrors to intensify light in a room, light paint colors should be used on walls, and open drapes and blinds and turn lights on prior to showings.
- Neutral colors are best used both outside and inside - white, beige and gray are popular exterior colors, while white, off-white and pastels are best used on the interior; if using wallpaper avoid bold and bright patterns, bright colors can be used as accents and introduced into a room with area rugs, pillows, towels, flowers, etc.
- A quiet and peaceful feel is usually part of the appeal of a home so take into account the sounds of a home - try to avoid sounds like barking dogs, vacuum cleaners, diswashers, lawn mowers, mechanical problems and banging pipes. Soft music is always a help in creating a pleasing atmosphere.
- Smells in a home can work for or against you - those smells that can work for you are newly painted walls, treated wood floors and furniture, cleanliness, fresh flowers, and fresh baked cookies. Those that can work against you are pet odors, gas or oil smells, and strong tobacco odors to name a few.
Remember the objective is to present the home as one that has been lovingly maintained.