Friday, January 30, 2015

Keeping Your Listing Bright and Airy

Living spaces that are bright and airy are much more welcoming: it's practically a tenet of interior design, and a look much adhered-to in staging property for sale. Homebuyers want good energy in their potential new home. As such, it's a major boost to your property's appeal to keep it fresh, breezy, and bright to the senses. Look to these tips to let in, and keep, all the good vibes indoors.


Open the windows
Drop by your listing at least once a week, or as needed, to open the windows and air out the property. Let in some fresh air and sun. A listing that's remained closed off for long periods of time can get dank or musty-smelling. Stale air is definitely a no-no. If needed, bring an electric fan to help you funnel out old, musty air and keep the indoors fresh.

Dust and clean
Dust and grime can obscure the shine of surfaces in your listing. Be sure to do regular cleaning and maintenance as needed. Wipe down windowpanes to let in more natural light. Dust counter- and tabletops, and sweep and mop the floor as needed. Polish off the surfaces with a bit of wax or essential oil to keep 'em gleaming.

Use a humidifier
Opt for a humidifier to keep the indoor air even more comfy. See, moisture isn't necessarily a bad thing -- too little of it in the air can cause dryness, stuffiness, and cold temperatures. Also, dry air can dry out wood in the property, causing it to shrink. Bring a humidifier with you on one of your regular visits to the listing. Plug it in and keep it on for as long as needed. 

Use zesty scents
Mix baking powder with water and a bit of lemon juice. It works as a nifty deodorizing air freshener -- cheap, and you can throw it together in no time. It works its magic in any room. The zesty scent makes it a mood booster, too.

Repaint dark colors
Bright colors reflect more light and make any room seem much more cheerful. Consider repainting any dark-hued walls in your listing. White, off-white, and cream colors are popular picks. 


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