By leaving things as-is, you'd be TELLING people, "Oh, this could be a third bedroom; oh, you can just paint YOUR favorite color here." By doing what you suspect is best, you'd be showing them: "See, this is the third bedroom." And, there'd be no crazy colors for them to paint over - it would look just fine.
All the best,
Sorry to say you most definately need to get rid of the "brightly colored room" . . . that is hard to look beyond for buyers.
As for the "spare" bedroom. It depends. How spacious does it appear with the desk and futon? If it gives a cluttered look and feel, I'd say a change is in order. However, with the long days on market I'd hate to see you disrupt your life for months on end . . . .I know how important my computer/office is to me. Unless it really looks cluttered, I often tell my clients to leave things "as is" until we get some feedback. If you choose a good agent that solicits feedback for all showings, then you will have an idea how the room is affecting potential buyers. At that time, you can make a change.
I am familiar with some of the townhomes in Neptune. If you would like for me to come out and give you some suggestions, it would be my pleasure.
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We find that most buyers prefer neutral and light colored rooms....this allows them to more comfortable project their furninshing in the existing space.
On the second bedroom issue, regardless of what you name it, it's a bedroom space. Our recommendation, is to emember that you have to live in the home and therefore its utility to you is an important consideration. So don't overlook your needs.
In doing so, make sure the space is tastfully decorated and appealing. Your agent may have some thoughts on this.
Good luck to you,
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Paint is the cheapest investment with the highest return in selling a home. Repainting a neutral color will pay off greatly in the marketing your home. Buyers react negatively to bright colors. Also the photos posted on the Internet are critical to drawing buyers to your home and the neutral color walls with serve you well in this regard.
Yes, spare bedroom, especially in a 2 bed unit is pretty essential. Buyers can always reconfigure it any way they want it but if you are selling it as a 2 bed, I would present it as a 2 bed.
And yes, I hate to say it but painting the room a neutral color would be worth the time. It cost little, would take a day of your time and could make a difference especially if there are a lot of other units in your development to choose from. Buyers don't want to envision and they don't want to face doing what you yourself have admitted to not wanting to do. They just want to be able to move in without looking at a color which may be a turn off for them.