Daniel Gail Sotheby's International Realty
-Kalyn Ringwold a.k.a Real Estate Wonder Woman :)
We are so stuck on advising people to paint their walls beige, that we forget about the room as a total composition. Perhaps a bold wall is ok if the furniture is all neutral OR maybe you want to make a wall recede by painting it a dark color so the space feels larger. In both cases, color is OK. Just try to pick accent colors that will reflect a 2012 buyer's taste. Also note, the more wall colors, the choppier the house will feel. Limit changes in wall color, especially for open concept plans.
Here is another tip: Remove all interior accessories at once from one space. Every knick knack, candle stick, kid's art etc. Look around at the space uncluttered. Now only add back the colors, textures, and materials that will enhance the room. Every time you add one accessory, step back and decide "yes" or "no". This type of visual editing is a muscle that designers exercise all the time. The more you do it in a mechanical way, the easier it will become. Start with the powder room and work up to the Living Room.
When decluttering - Don't forget to sell those old items of furniture before you move. Otherwise, you're paying for the movers to haul it away only so you can dispose of it later. Check out local auction houses that will come to pick up the pieces and then sell them for you. Remember, furniture (minus antiques) needs to be updated just like clothing or cars. It's funny that we get new mobile devices every year, but think a family room sofa should last 25!
When in doubt, find a storage locker that you can rent. This way you can organize the extra stuff off site while your agent is busy showing your uncluttered and updated home to potential buyers.
Curb appeal is very important as well. The yard,deck or patio should not be overlooked....first impressions!
Best to you!
1) Call a Realtor to Walk you Through the Process
2) Declutter, Reomove Personal Items & Clean, Clean, Clean!
3) Paint if needed (inside or out)
4) Replace or Update Flooring if needed
5) Landscaping should be in best condition possible
6) Compare your house to other neighborhood homes and determine what other things need to be done such as granite, refacing cabinets, updating bathrooms, etc.
7) Stage IT!!
Go to this Great Site that tells you value remodeling does in your area: http://www.remodeling.hw.net/2010/costvsvalue/national.aspx
Declutter means - anything you don't need on a daily or weekly basis - no fudging! - get it out of the home or stored away neatly ONLY in an attic. Decluttering not only includes simple 'things", it includes personal items and kitchen items.
Built-in shelving looks larger when it's almost empty, so don't show us how much stuff CAN be crammed in there - let Buyers imagine their things there. The same goes for kitchens. No matter how well-stocked your counter is with coffee makers, microwaves, blenders, juicers, breadmakers, etc - the Buyer sees stuff in the way, not room for their stuff.
Front yard curb appeal, through the entryway to the home are the next most important. This is what the Buyer first notices about your home, and what you are faced with everyday upon your arrival. Does it look good, or look unloved?
I provide all of my listing clients with 3 awesome resources - 6 Worth the Price Fixups, a simple Home Enhancement Checklist, and a complimentary session with a staging professional.
That said, there a a remodeling cost vs. value repport done by city that shows the average cost in Raleigh and the average resale value. Send me a Private Message if you would like a copy of this report.
I recommend starting with things that are free:
Clean, sounds simple, but I mean really, sparkling clean top to bottom
Get rid of clutter
Take down window darkening drapes and shades
Clean up yard and trim all shrubs
Create a welcoming entry
Neutral paint and decor
Buyers are looking for bright open spaces that are move in ready and homes that are well maintained.
Best answer: depends on age/condition of your home, what your direct competition is like and market conditions & having a seasoned professional Realtor come out, look over your home and give you advice!
You may find this blog post I wrote helpful -