How important are window coverings if I am selling my home?

Home buyers tend to put a lot of emphasis on windows. If someone’s eyes, as the old saying goes, are the windows to their soul, then perhaps windows show us the soul of the home. And even if you have a new furnace or updated appliances, bad windows can really put a dent in what people are willing to pay.

Fair or unfair, windows are such a big factor in selling a home that many sellers seriously consider whether they should invest in new windows before selling.

Now, the potential ROI on installing new windows is a separate topic. Today, we’re going to talk about another issue concerning windows — namely, how important is it to have the proper coverings, such as blinds, drapes or curtains?

Why are they needed?

While windows may be something of a necessity, drapes and curtains are often seen as a luxury, merely a matter of taste. This may be true, but it’s important not to discount the emotional appeal window coverings convey.

Selling a house depends on first impressions — how the lawn looks, the ambience of the entrance, the way the interior is staged and so forth. Though many windows look great without any curtains or blinds, sometimes you need those gateways to the outdoors to pop and stand out.

Conversely, perhaps you need to detract from the fact that your windows are a little old and could be replaced. If this describes your home, you probably need to dress up your windows.

Design

It’s surprising how grimy and dirty blinds can get without your noticing. With this in mind, take the time to do a deep cleaning of all window fixtures. Get the dust off, take out a damp sponge and bust out the cleaning products. If sunlight has faded and yellowed the fixtures, though, you may want to replace them altogether. Before buying new blinds, talk to your realtor about the styles and trends home buyers are looking for.

In the end, you don’t need to go out and spend a fortune on top-of-the-line fixtures, but you also don’t want to be tacky. It’s best to stay safely within the middle range.

Though some might hesitate to invest this kind of money into something they won’t be able to enjoy, doing so makes your home more appealing and more attractive to buyers who will have looked at a dozen or so other homes.

Remember that selling your home is a kind of competition; sometimes you have to spend some money in order to receive top dollar.

For more advice on selling your home, talk to a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® today. They know the market and can help you get top dollar for your home.

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