Small Updates that Translate into Big Bucks when Selling Your Home
Today let’s talk about how to maximize the interest and thus maximizing the offering amount of your listing. The above photo is an actual MLS photo from a new listing in Lunada Bay in Palos Verdes Estates. It’s a lovely home that has been updated but can read somewhat dated, giving buyers the feeling that they will have to do a lot of updates.
The entry is not cluttered, painted a neutral color, has neutral floor (appears to be a porcelain tile,) and a few objects to add interest. Not totally terrible but really gives a less than welcoming feeling on entering, not to mention it’s the first photo after the exterior shots a buyer will see.
Lunada Bay is a beach community, and the home is close to one of the 2 high schools in town. The property has 4 bedrooms and 4 baths and a large yard. I would guess the buyer will be a young family.
How do we “up the ante” to attract a young family who will value the size and location of the home but maybe not the current aesthetics?
Let’s start by changing the light fixtures by the door, when you have any light on in a photograph, it will indeed attract attention. The lights are a little obtrusive and dated.
I’d swap them out for something like this. It’s clean, modern and will provide light without being the center of attention. These are $122 a piece and easy to change out existing fixtures. They can be found here. The better option would be to remove the 2 wall fixers and hang a central fixture from the ceiling, but that will be more costly and will require patches to the walls.
Then let’s take away the dark bench, the table and artwork, maybe even the fake plant in the corner as well. Where the table is, let’s create a cozy spot to put on shoes but also to organize keys, mail and other things that end up in an entry way that will appeal to a family. Let’s create an area like this where the table currently is in the hallway. A clock to get everyone off to school on time. A bench to sit and hold things (notice the sporting equipment and some hooks for jackets, back packs etc.
I would also add artwork or a large mirror where the current bench sits. Either a tall standing mirror with a frame to compliment the finish of the seating area or a beachy type print like this one.
The last thing we are missing is some warmth and that comes from a rug. I like Flor rugs, they are inexpensive, can be combined in any pattern, color, size or shape and are easily cleaned and moved. I’d choose something beachy, either a sisal look or something like this, except long and skinny showing only the edges of the flooring. So there you go, with very little money and effort..you now have a hip, young entry way that is going to better appeal to the buyers that will be attracted to the home. The rest of the home should have the same vibe, so we’d go through the rest as well, but for now…well you get the idea.
If you’d like to know how you can improve a room in your house either for yourself or if you are getting ready to sell, feel free to email me a photo at Rebecca@VistaSIR.com and I’ll be happy to give you some ideas based on your budget.