Hi, it’s Sue Ann. Today Carol and I drove around some of the nicer parts of Austin looking at some houses for sale. Some of them were beautifully renovated and professionally staged, while some were obviously “as is” (but fascinating)!
We really loved the color scheme and beautiful holiday decorations on this house. The black trim really stood out nicely. This is a scheme we could use!
I paid a lot of attention to colorful doors. There is a lot of turquoise and teal out there right now, with an “acid” green and red coming in right behind. My favorite was a medium gray house with a buttery yellow door. The happy door really livened up the trendy gray exterior! And if a buyer doesn’t like yellow, a door is inexpensive to change.
Looking at renovations, it became very clear that small things make a difference. There were two similar houses, both of which had been at least partially modernized. One had all-new front door, entry light fixture and doorbell hardware. The other had not changed what had been put up at least twenty years ago. The first impressions were much different! Inside, little things like peeling paint and original cabinetry that hadn’t even had knobs changed made a house look sad.
Here are a few cool ideas we saw:
- Keep an old tub and tile and simply have them resurfaced. One house had an amazing old tub that they kept this way!
- Another house had the original cabinet doors, but painted so beautifully, and with lovely handles…it was nice to see them there.
- One house was very small, but had a studio with a little bathroom, hidden on the other side of its carport. Perfect if you work from home! You have psychological space between home and office.
- Interior color schemes were mostly quite predictable–we actually DID see white subway tile, black grout, and black floor tile in a shower. But we also saw BLACK subway tile and those cool old-fashioned hexagonal tiles in a bathroom–a nice mix of old and new.
- One house actually had green walls, but they were a very pale, modern shade of green that came across quite neutral. So, I guess it CAN be done!
Before you remodel or stage your own home to sell, take a little tour around YOUR town and see what others are doing to drive their own sales. It’s quite an eye-opening experience.