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Why you should update your blinds before you move

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The average home in the United States sells in about two months, but that process can take much longer for a variety of reasons. Maybe the asking price is too high, the market in the region is slowing down, or the house simply doesn’t look aesthetically appealing.

If you’re trying to sell your home, determining the right price and living in a place with a slow market are a little more complicated. It can be hard to accept a lower offer, and you can’t move your home to a hotter neighborhood.

But what you can do is invest a few hundred dollars to make your home look more appealing to potential buyers. Just putting in a negligible amount of money can pay off in dividends.

One of the ways you can attract more potential buyers is to update your blinds. Here are five reasons why you should replace your blinds before moving.

1. Staged homes sell quicker and for more money

According to statistics from the National Association of Realtors, for every $100 invested in staging a home, the potential return is $400. Plus, a staged property is going to sell for an average 17 percent more than a non-staged property, and 95 percent of staged properties sell in 11 days or less. If you stage your home and update your blinds, you’ll have a chance of getting your home off the market quicker and have more money in your pockets.

2. Modern blinds make a home more beautiful

When you’re trying to attract buyers, you want your home to look updated and modern. Outdated blinds or curtains make your home seem outdated. Instead, pick out new window treatments that are sleek and chic.

Consider roller shades, which operate on a pulley system and come in a variety of opacities. Use shades that filter in natural lighting. For an ultra-modern touch, choose roller shades that are remote control-operated.

Roman shades are another option similar to roller shades. They create folds in the fabric as they are pulled up, which draws attention to the windows at a showing and adds more depth and personality to the room. Faux wood blinds are another option that provide a streamlined, minimalist modern look.

3. The right blinds make rooms look bigger

If you have large, patterned or dark-colored curtains or blinds, your room will look smaller. Potential buyers’ eyes will immediately focus on the curtains or blinds and not on the beauty of the room itself. Instead, select monochromatic blinds that allow natural light in and help the room appear larger.

Go for white, eggshell or tan blinds that are on the sheer side, and position a mirror nearby that reflects the light from the window. It’s a classic move to make a room appear bigger than it is. 

4. Better blinds can affect the lighting

When you have potential buyers coming into your home, the place should be as well-lit as possible. However, you don’t want the light to be too bright or glaring. You want your visitors to be able to see the beauty of your home, but not the small imperfections and specks of dust in the air.

Leave your Roman blinds or roller shades down, or use solar shades, which allow you to see outside but don’t let the room to get too hot or bright. In addition, they protect your home from harmful UV rays that may damage your furniture or age your hardwood floors. If your house is cool and your lighting is just right, potential buyers will be more interested in making an offer.

5. Blackout blinds provide a more calming feel in the bedroom

Blackout blinds are perfect for the bedroom. While they should be up for a showing, you can always roll them down to demonstrate how effective they are to potential buyers. It’s been proven that blackout blinds help people sleep better and create a better sleep environment. Potential buyers are more likely to be interested if your bedroom looks like an ideal place to relax and rest their heads at night.

All it takes is a little bit of an investment, and you can set up blinds that will help sell your house in no time. Get started today with modern blinds that provide the perfect environment for your home’s next residents.

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