Accentuate the positives while dealing with the negatives - What to do about an unsightly view.
Stagers like me are always saying how important it is to "accentuate the positives". Of course we want to highlight a home's BEST selling features but what should we do about those not-so-positive aspects of a home? They must be dealt with - notice I did NOT say covered up!
In a series of posts this week I will be sharing ideas for dealing with your home's flaws, after all, every house has them...
Problem 1: Unsightly view from a window
While we're frequently heard extolling the virtures of letting the natural light pour through windows, what do you do when the view from the dining room window is of your neighbor's ugly wood pile or garbage can?
In this situation, it might actually be best to simply leave the drapes shut and/or keep the blinds closed.
You can't hide a less-than-attractive view but you don't have to call attention to it either.
Consider adding sheer curtains - they can add softness to a room, while minimizing the view and still allowing plenty of light to shine through.
A plant in a hanging basket in front of the window might provide a nice distraction - but only if you're confident you can keep it alive.
Disclaimer: I'm not suggesting you be dishonest and try to hide or cover up your home's known defects. This would be a huge mistake and you might even get sued for trying. I am suggesting that you demonstrate for your prospects how you've learned to cope with your homes flaws - after all, every house house them.
Tomorrow I will discuss Problem 2: Dealing with traffic noise