Window Treatments Q&A: Syracuse Home Stager's Tips
When you are selling your home you are likely to be thinking about ways to spruce it up before you put it on the market. You might be considering things like new paint or new flooring. One area that many home sellers overlook, however, is the home's window treatments.
What Type of Curtains Work Best When Selling My Home?
Buyers prefer homes that are light and bright, and sellers should be aware that curtains have a big effect on those qualities. Make sure that the window coverings do not block light from entering the room. Plain white or off-white curtains work well in almost any room and look more up-to-date than dark or heavy draperies. If you are unsure about what to do, a home stager can guide you in your decision.
Should I Leave The Curtains and Blinds Up or Take Them Down?
Window treatments are a lot like wallpaper: they are very taste-specific. Sometimes it is better to have no window treatments at all than have curtains that will turn off buyers. Maybe your window treatments have been up for so long that you don't even notice them anymore. If their style is dated, or they are just looking kind of shabby, then it would be a good idea to take them down.
Will My Existing Window Treatments Be Included In The Sale?
Generally, everything that is attached to the home is considered a fixture and would therefore be included in the sale. That would include hardware that is screwed or nailed on such as door handles, cabinet knobs, light switch covers, and yes even curtain rods and window blinds. Having said that, fabric window coverings may or may not be included in the sale. Often a listing description will state that window treatments will stay, or a buyer will ask that the window treatments stay in the purchase offer. If a seller wants to take the window treatments with him when the house is sold, then they should be removed before the house goes on the market to avoid any misunderstanding.
Window treatments can help boost the value of a home, or they could detract from the home's appeal. It is worth it to take the time to evaluate how the window treatments in your home can affect the sale.
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