When someone is trying to sell a house, more often than not, window treatments are not one of first things on their mind. Most people consider window blinds or shades to be a once-in-a-lifetime purchase like roofing or flooring mainly because custom treatments can be rather expensive and many assume they won’t make a big impact on whether or not the house sells. Most interior designers and Realtors will tell you that this could not be further from the truth. New, fashionable and sturdy window treatments not only make an impact, they increase your home’s resale value significantly. There are a few things you can do to ensure your window treatments make an impression on potential buyers.
Insulating window treatments can add value to your home. Many homes these days are “going green” – to save money on energy costs. Cellular shades allow light to filter in – minus the heat from the sun. There are honeycomb shades that qualify for tax credits because of the energy they save. Stick to neutral colors so that they can easily match the new homeowner’s décor.
Real wood plantation shutters can make an impressive statement as shutters are considered furniture for windows. The only down side to this option is that real wood shutters are a much bigger investment than most window treatments. If you are on more of a budget, opt for faux wood shutters. Again, for the sake of the next homeowner’s décor, it is probably best to go with a neutral color like white as opposed to a unique shade of wood stain.
Custom blinds, shades and shutters can be rather pricey and since you are leaving these treatments in the house, you may want to go with something more economical. Neutral color or sheer curtains can add extra incentive for the homeowner as their home will already look put-together when they move in. It’s wise to replace blinds or shades that are broken or have noticeable tears or dings, and clean the windows andwindow treatments before showing the property to potential buyers . By contributing writer – Richard Moyle – for MiamiRealEstateCafe.com