By Candis Meredith
When you read about the best renovation and remodeling tips to sell homes faster, you almost always hear about the kitchen and the bathrooms. I know from first-hand experience that kitchens and bathrooms definitely sell houses, but they’re not the only rooms in the house that you need to focus on. Sometimes, paying a little bit of extra attention to one of the less glamorous rooms in the house can really pay off. One of my favorites for this is the laundry room because it has a lot of hidden potential for creativity and beautiful design work.
Shed Some Light on the Situation
First, a lot of laundry rooms really feel like caves. They’re either glorified closets or they’re dungeons, and neither one is very attractive. That’s why I like to add as much task lighting and ambient light as possible. If there’s a window, I maximize that light. If I have space to add a laundry table and some cabinets, I make sure that work spaces are well lit, too. Even if there’s just enough room for a washer and dryer, I don’t just go with the typical hanging light bulb that you see in so many laundry rooms. Recessed lights, an attractive hanging lamp, or wall sconces can be a lot of fun and can really shed some light where you need it.
Paint It an Attractive Color
I see so many laundry rooms that are unfinished or barely finished, and that’s wasted potential. If you make the room more attractive and brighter, it’ll be an inviting space, not just an add-on with some water and electrical attachments.
Consider Your Buyers’ Appliances When Designing the Room
Unlike the kitchen, where you’ll likely be including appliances, you probably won’t include a washer and dryer with the house. Because your buyers will be bringing their own washer and dryer set, you’ll need to make sure that your design work doesn’t encroach on the space where your buyers will be putting their appliances. That means you need to leave space for either side-by-side units or stackable units.
If the space really only works with a stackable set, you’ll have a little bit more freedom but you’ll be limited by your space. If either type will work, consider how your designs will look with one or the other in place before you make any final decisions.
Include Hanging Racks, Cabinets, and a Counter if You Have Room
If you have some space in the room, don’t shy away from adding storage and organizational details. A stylish set of cabinets and drawers with some useful counter space or a nice built-in laundry table will be very attractive. Even if you’re short on space, though, you can almost always add some hanging racks where your buyers can hang clothes to dry in a discreet, out-of-the-way space. These details will help your buyers picture how much easier and more convenient doing the laundry in this home will be than it is in other homes, and they won’t have to do anything themselves to make that happen.
Remember, you want your buyers to walk into the house and picture themselves living there. That means you want them to picture themselves cooking and doing dishes in the kitchen, getting laundry done, and all of the other mundane things involved with owning and living in a home. If the laundry room looks like a dark hole, they’re not going to be too thrilled with the idea of doing laundry there. If you create a beautiful space, they’ll automatically feel more positive about doing a chore that no one likes, and they’ll be more likely to buy the house.