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Did you recently move into a new house? Or do you want to change the look and feel of your home? Here are a few low intensive interior design tips you should consider carrying out. You don't have to break the bank, and you can do pretty much everything by yourself.
- Add a few potted plants to your kitchen or living areas. They serve as accessories and add some color to your home. On the health side, they help to absorb pollutants from the atmosphere. You also contribute to saving the environment whenever you go green.
- Paint your ceiling with a slightly lighter tone than the walls, and you can have any room looking brighter, even with only a few available windows.
- If you have small rooms and want them to look larger, that easy. Paint them in softer colors. Dark colors tend to give the illusion of cramped place. Open the room to more natural lighting, and it looks even more substantial.
- If you have limited natural lighting in a room because of unavailable windows or blockages, add a few decorative mirrors around the room, especially across from the available windows, as they will add the illusion of more lighting to the area.
- Add a throw rug to your hardwood floors for some extra warmth and comfort. Hardwood floors are low maintenance, but they take away the personal feel of a home. Adding a variety of throw rugs around the room brings back that personal touch.
- Remove excess furniture in a smaller room to make it look roomier than before. Let's face it; you probably don't need all those chairs. Better to do fewer high-quality furniture. The harder it is to maneuver around a room, the more crowded it is.
- Hang your artwork and paintings at the right height. Do you know that the average human eye level is 57 inches from the floor? Well, curators of galleries and museums do, so they hang artwork, so the center of each piece is about 57 to 60 inches from the floor. You should probably borrow a leaf from them.
- Always go with the right curtain lengths. Just in case you didn't know, curtains and drapes should go all the way to the floor. If you are purchasing ready-made drapes, measure the curtain-rod-to-floor length and buy that. Or buy a size longer and then hem it up. If you are not sure of the right colors of drapes to pick, take a picture of your walls to the draper and ask for options that match your color scheme.
Before changing your décor to stage your home for sale, ask a professional stager or realtor for advice.
If you receive a "lowball" offer to purchase your house, your first reaction may be to respond with an immediate "No." However, it is important to evaluate any offer to purchase your house closely. Because if you weigh the pros and cons of rejecting an offer to purchase your home, you'll be better equipped than ever before to make an informed decision about any homebuying proposal you receive.
Now, let's take a look at three factors to consider before you reject an offer to purchase your residence.
1. Your Home's Price
What you may consider to be a lowball offer to purchase your home may actually be a competitive homebuying proposal – it all depends on the current state of the housing market. Thus, if you analyze the housing market, you can find out how your home's price stacks up against the prices of comparable houses and review an offer to purchase accordingly.
If you find your home's price falls in line with similar houses in your city or town, you likely have a competitive initial asking price in place. And if a buyer's offer to purchase your home falls short of your house's initial asking price, you may want to decline the proposal.
On the other hand, if your home is priced much higher than comparable residences in your area, you may want to adjust your home selling expectations. In this instance, you may find a lowball offer to purchase turns out to be a competitive homebuying proposal. As a result, you may be more inclined to accept the proposal based on the current housing market's conditions.
2. Your Home's Condition
Oftentimes, buyers will account for potential home repairs or upgrades they will need to complete if they acquire a house. This means a buyer may submit an offer to purchase below a seller's initial asking price due to the fact that a house may require assorted repairs or upgrades in the near future.
Take a look at the condition of your home – you'll be glad you did. If you find your home is in need of significant repairs or upgrades, you may want to consider these projects before you reject a buyer's offer to purchase your house.
3. Your Home Selling Goals
It generally is a good idea to start the home selling journey with goals in hand. That way, if an offer to purchase your house allows you to achieve your home selling goals, you can accept the proposal. Or, if an offer to purchase your house moves you further away from accomplishing your home selling goals, you can reject the proposal.
As you get set to complete the home selling journey, you may want to hire a real estate agent too. This housing market professional can help you assess any offers to purchase your house, at any time. By doing so, a real estate agent can help you determine how to proceed with an offer to purchase and ensure you can make the best-possible decision.
Ready to add your house to the real estate market? Before you list your residence, it helps to take plenty of high-quality photos both inside and outside your home.
Ultimately, home photos can make or break a homebuyer's first impression of your residence.
For example, if your home listing includes photos that show off the true beauty of your house, a homebuyer may want to check out your residence in-person. Or, if home photos make your house look small and cluttered, a homebuyer may shy away from your residence altogether.
Don't let bad photos affect your ability to sell your house.
Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you get your house ready for a photo session.
1. Clean Your Residence
A beautiful home is likely to stand out to homebuyers. Meanwhile, if you clean your residence from top to bottom, you can get your house photo-ready in no time at all.
Mop the floors, wipe down the walls and ceilings and perform assorted home interior cleaning. Also, don't forget to mow the front lawn and complete various home exterior improvements.
If you need help with home cleaning tasks, you should contact a professional home cleaning company. With a professional home cleaning company at your side, you can receive expert support as you prep your residence for a photo session.
2. Declutter As Much As Possible
Although your home may be filled with assorted artwork, antiques and photographs, now may prove to be the best time to declutter as much as possible.
Too much clutter can make your house appear tiny. However, if you dedicate the necessary time and resources to declutter your house, you can show homebuyers the true size of your house.
If necessary, you can rent a storage unit to hold your excess items. Moreover, you can always reach out to family members and friends to see if they can store your excess items in their residences until you find a new place to live.
3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent
When it comes to real estate photography, it pays to work with a housing market professional. Lucky for you, many real estate agents are available in cities and towns nationwide who can help you get your house ready for the real estate market.
A real estate agent can assess your residence and offer recommendations to help you improve your house's appearance. Plus, he or she can put you in touch with the best professional real estate photographers in your area.
Let's not forget about the support that a real estate agent can provide throughout the home selling journey too. A real estate agent is happy to set up home showings and open houses, negotiate with homebuyers on your behalf and do everything possible to help you maximize the value of your residence.
Use the aforementioned tips to get your house ready for a photo session – you'll be glad you did. Thanks to these tips, you can move one step closer to getting the best results from the home selling journey.