Sunday, May 17, 2009

Home Seller Tips

Built-In Equity

Are you showcasing the unique architectural elements in your home?

A 70s modern condo, like many others in the complex, offered a unique built-in bookcase. Barely noticeable in this vacant home but brought to the forefront with a small budget and a little creativity.

Here is just one example of how an architectural feature can be taken from drab to fab. Use this budget conscious example to make the most out of the unique architectural features in your home.

Pick a purpose. The built-in was right off the dining room. Staging it as a hutch saved the expense of renting an additional piece of furniture.

Find a style. Will this space be formal or casual? Will it be used for function or form? A more elegant theme was chosen in this example to coordinate with the adjacent dining area.

Establish a theme and repeat it. Colors, shapes, objects, anything goes. In this space the colors from a large china platter and matching bowl established the theme. Maroon and silver were then repeated to unify the grouping of chargers, potpourri filled vases, candles, and sculptural book ends.

Keep it simple. If combining books and accessories follow the rule of thirds: 1/3 books, 1/3 accessories, 1/3 open space. Remember that less is more in staging.

Be kind to your budget. If you are buying new items, you don’t need to spend a lot. Look for items that just look expensive. All the items below were purchased from local home discount, craft, and thrift stores for only $65.

This is just one idea for how home buyers might use this space. The options for showing off a home’s built in assets are only limited by your creativity, resources, time and budget.

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