If you’re planning on putting your home on the market you really have to consider many factors, including price, location, and which agent you use. One of the most important conditions sellers should think of is the condition of their home – and how it will appeal to buyers.
The way you and your agent present your home to buyers can really affect marketing time. Buyers, particularly Millennials, are looking for homes that are ready for their lives. While it isn’t a good idea to completely gut a home and use the newest and trendiest home ideas, it is a good idea to take a few things that are current and easy for you to do and try to add them to appeal to buyers. After scoping out all the home trends for 2015 here are three of our favorites that you can use to get your home ready to sell.
Repaint to Refresh
A fresh coat of paint can make a big difference in terms of making a home look fresh and appealing to home buyers. The color trend right now, according to Sherwin-Williams, are shades of coral. The reason is that this color pallet is cheery without being too powerful and experts believe that this mid point in the decade is all about revitalization. “Coral Reef embodies a cheerful approach to design that we’re seeing for the coming year. Its unexpected versatility brings life to a range of design aesthetics, whether traditional, vintage, cottage or contemporary,” said Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams director of color marketing.
Here’s how you can use this trend according to Sherwin-Williams
- Let the color stand by itself on a single accent wall or front door for a pop of color.
- Pair with complementary colors as Color Reef’s outgoing personality begs for company.
- Paint a piece of furniture as a great accent piece.
- Driftwood, medium wood tones and metal finishes also complement its flower-garden hue.
- For vintage quality that’s hard to beat, Coral Reef and aged matte brass make a perfect pair.
Jetson Ready Homes
No, we don’t mean conveyor belts or flying cars (both would be totally awesome though!) instead, think of your home in terms of how people are really using and living with technology. For example, many Milliennial buyers do not want or necessarily need a home office – so why stage one? Instead why not stage a great yoga space, or craft room inspired by Pinterest? The other thing that home buyers want are homes that are pre-wired for high-speed internet and have charging stations. We touched upon this in our blog posts about the rise of the Millennial buyer, but other generations use tablets and smartphones too.
We love this idea from Decoist.com
While this may be a bit much before you put your home on the market, you can do small things like get an electrician to update the outlets in your home to have USB ports. This simple change is unexpected and yet welcomed. The other idea is to show a neat way to charge things in entryways and in bedrooms. Remember when putting your home on the market, you want to show the buyers how they can live in the home. Showing off cool features is a good idea.
Storage Options for Streamline Living
It isn’t enough to have closet space – buyers now want a place for everything and everything in its place. Blame Pinterest, the show Hoarders, or any other factors but clutter of any kind will turn off buyers. This is particularly true in kitchens where home buyers aren’t necessarily wanting a lot of space but they still want room for all their stuff.
While a new kitchen can be very expensive you can go into any hardware store and install pull out drawers for cabinets. For under $100 you give great storage options for home buyers without breaking the bank.
We would love to know if you have any ideas for things buyers are looking for in homes in 2015.