Lessons On the Other Side of Buying/Selling a Home

July 7, 2018

After all of these years giving advice to people buying or selling a home, it is very strange being on the other side of the fence . I have learned a few  interesting facts I thought you might enjoy.

For instance, I thought my home was decorated well:

best photo new living room

But not to the realtor. She made me take everything down and now it looks so empty to me:

nh living room

She did that in almost every room. At least I have good wall colors! I just read an article that said that grays and whites are best and red is the worst color to paint interior walls because it is strongly disliked by many. BUT, the same article says red is a great front door color and it is universally well received. Speaking of front doors,  the biggest boost came from a black or charcoal gray front door—studies found that homes with a front door in one of these colors could sell for $6,271 more than expected! source

Ben Moore Wrought Iron

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Zillow also found that listings touting the word “quartz” corresponded with a six percent sales premium. Granite countertops saw a boost too, though a lesser one at four percent. Still, homes with granite-topped counters sold 38 days sooner than those with less coveted surfaces, especially laminate:

quartz countertop


Two-tone cabinets are a trend buyers can get behind. Gray and white or navy and blue are popular pairings, as are other neutral tones mixed with wood finishes. Paint the lower cabinets in a dark, grounding hue and uppers in a lighter hue:

two tone cabinets


Did you know painting your walls and trim the same color will give your room the optical illusion of more square footage and make your room appear larger?:

BM OC-19 Seapearl


I always suggest painting the trim and wall the same color especially if your room has outdated trim:



Looking to buy a new home has been filled with some very strange experiences! And it might be a seller’s market right now, but please try to remember you do want to sell your home and no one likes to look at your garbage container:

garbage contaner

Or not everyone likes your themed bathroom/any room:

themed bathroom

Or my biggest pet peeve:

open toilet

Toilet seats open! Ewww. These are just a couple of nightmares I have seen.

If you are buying a new home or thinking of selling your home, or just want to increase the value of your home, I hope these tips will help. If you want to read more on tips on selling your home,   read 5 Renovations That Offer the Biggest Return.

Have a great weekend everyone!


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