Is The "Blues" Killing The Sale Of Your Home?
(Part 2 ~ Brass & Outdated Hardware!)
From part 1,.... "I heard a phrase the other day while working on a house; "That house is blue." I was puzzled for a moment. Then I thought about it. The phrase meant, the house desperately needs "updating" to this era. You know what I mean? Blue hair/Blue house? Yeah,... not exactly how I would put it, but the comment was right on the mark. So, what makes this house so blue?"
Let's take another look;
Part 2, The Outdated light fixture? That is part of it. In most cases, brass & ornate fixtures must be removed. Not only are they very taste specific, it also adds to visual clutter, busyness, and "Blue" of the house. A simpler Oil Rubbed Bronze or Brushed Nickle fixture would be more appealing. Other finishes are fine as well as long as the light fixture goes with the style of the house, & is not the specific taste of the Seller. Most importantly, the minute buyers sees outdated light fixtures, the real dilemma they see is,.... oh that is going to be a lot of work and money to replace! Buyers need and want to find a home that is move-in-ready. Don't give them reasons to move on to the next home!
Okay, it's not just the light fixtures either. How about the hardware, faucets and other metals in the home? This is a nice bathroom. You might say leave it alone. I say get rid of the silver and brass trimmed faucet. I would also say have all the styles match! Ornate mirror of deep brown wood with gold trim, simple lights in brushed nickle, towel holder in brushed nickle a bit more modern style and bright silver with brass trim faucet,..... just too much! I'm not saying be all matchy matchy, just be sure to use similar styles and similar finishes.
So, if you're thinking of putting your home on the market
ask a Professional Home Stager if the lighting & hardware you have is going to appeal to the most potential buyers in your target market.
Think about it this way;
You have been in your home for 10, 20, 30 or more years. When is the last time light fixtures were updated? Walls were painted? Furniture was bought? Accessories selected? If it's been 10 years or more, it probably needs to be updated to appeal to today's buyer.
Now,... ask yourself these questions; "Who is the new buyer going to be?" "What age are they likely to be?" "Will they likely be a young couple coming from an updated apartment?" "Will they be a young family with small children?" "How can I make my home appeal to them?"
Then, call a Professional Home Stager!
We can provide a Staging Consultation ~ an educational session on what today's buyers are looking for, a game plan of what to do to your home to appeal to the largest pool of potential buyers in your target market, show you many ways to save money and time on these updates, and guide you to quality professional contractors.
A Professional Home Stager can help you rid the "Blues" from your home helping it appeal to today's buyer, driving more traffic to the home by showing well in the MLS, therefore; helping you get faster better offers!
Don't let the "Blues" stop your home from selling!
Call; Laura S. Baker
Realtor, First Weber Group
President & Head Property Stylist
Home Staging & ReDesign