Thursday, September 14, 2006

Freshly Painted Homes Sell Faster

Houses are selling slowly these days. Designed to Sell, a book from HGTV and edited by Vicki Christian for HGTV, offers these suggestions to get things moving:

Paint everything: Paint the front door and replace its hardware. Consider painting the siding if it is dull. Inside, choose neutral colors for most rooms, but not stark white. Use warmer colors like golden beiges or sandy tans.

Get cooking: A home that smells like fresh bread sells faster. And make sure the kitchen is spotless and has a fresh coat of paint, at least.

Add home jewelry: New faucets, light fixtures, doorknobs, and cabinet pulls can add luster to bathrooms and kitchens.

Let it go: Reduce the furnishings in every room by 25 percent to 50 percent. Store collections. Invest in new window treatments and new furniture in the first room a potential buyer will walk into.

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (09/14/06)

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