how to brighten up a house interior for resale. Wall colour is deep beige and beige/grey carpet.
Hi Geonin, the first thing that I would do is go through your house and de-clutter everything then ensure that everything is spotless and in good condition (pay special attention to the things that you know buyers will look at and things that are touched/handled every day as well as things like appliances and doors - make sure that nothing screams "repair bill"). The second thing to think about is paint and flooring - if your carpet is in good condition have it cleaned otherwise think about replacing it (expensive but poor carpet is seen as a big expense to buyers - particularly if its their first property). Paint your walls a colour that is as light as you can to make your property bigger but remember to tone it in with the carpet and keep your trims neutral (white/black) that will compliment your walls and carpet.
Remember lighting and soft furnishings can change the whole look of your home too.
During the open house/inspection phase - touches of home will help: smells like fresh perked coffee or baking are always inviting (you can boil some water with a stick of cinnamon and orange slices - just hide the evidence before you leave the house); if your inspections are late in the afternoon, turn on table and floor lamps inside and outdoor lights that'll add warmth.
We sold our house a few months ago. Spent a couple of months before we put it on the market simply decluttering (a lot of stuff got tossed or donated, but quite a lot went into storage). Amazing how reducing the number of books in a bookcase, ornaments on the bookcase, small appliances in the kitchen, and junk on the bathroom vanity made the place look brighter.
We then cleaned, top to bottom with special attention to kitchen and bathrooms, hired a garden service to clean up the garden, window washers to get to those windows we couldn't get near, and did a few small repairs (ie of a bifold laundry door that kept fall off its hinges, a rusted window opener). We didn't have carpets, but if we had, we would have had them cleaned.
We didn't live in an area where professional "staging" of a house was all that important, but I understand it can be crucial in CBDs so that's a thought.
We didn't repaint: the old paint job was a bit battered but presentable enough for sales purposes and the agent didn't think it would make a difference to her ability to sell the house at or near our price (she was right).
I think the biggest element for us was simply decluttering and getting the house contents stripped down to, if not minimalist, at least not maximalist!
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