By Candis Meredith
While I absolutely love every step of the renovation and restoration process, I get really excited when a house starts to come together at the end. When I can stop using my imagination and just open my eyes to see all of the fruits of our labor, it’s really special and inspiring. That’s the time when I start itching to find another house so we can do even more and make another buyer’s day when they see their new home. Of course, before we can do that, there are a few finishing touches that I like to add to our properties to make them extra special and even more irresistible to our buyers.
A Fresh Coat of Paint on the Front Door
With a lot of our houses, we can’t save the front door (or a lot of the other wood in the house) because it’s rotted and/or cracked. Whether we can save it or we need to replace it with a new one, though, I like to add a splash of complementary color to the front doors of a lot of our houses. I try to stay with colors that would’ve been used when the house was built, but sometimes a deep red door adds the perfect touch on a pale gray house that brings the house into the 21st century without being too radical.
The Perfect Lighting
Good lighting changes everything for any room. Because they were built before electric lighting was the norm, a lot of the houses we restore have huge windows to let in tons of natural light, which makes them incredibly inviting. We can’t always rely on natural light, though. After all, the sun does go down every night, and some days aren’t as sunny as others. So, to impress buyers and give them a house that’ll be warm and welcoming at any time of the day or night, I spend a little bit of extra time choosing the perfect light fixtures.
Because we’re big on restoration, I usually look for wall and ceiling fixtures in the same style as the house itself. Now, some of these would have been lit by candles and gas lanterns at the time, but you can find period-appropriate electric chandeliers and wall sconces that will look absolutely perfect. Plus, they’ll still look great with updated furniture, so you won’t be making your buyers consider how much they’ll have to pay for new lights, either.
Add Some Inviting Shrubbery to the Front Walk
Finally, I’m a big fan of doing just a bit of landscaping before you sell. A few bushes or shrubs lining the front walk or framing the porch can do a lot to welcome buyers and guests. At the same time, you won’t be adding anything so intricate or complex that it makes them think, “How am I ever going to keep up with that garden?” Your buyers will probably spend some time working in the yard on their own over the years, but you don’t want them to think about that work or the expenses involved. You want them to think that this is a lovely place to live, and you want them to be able to easily imagine themselves coming home to this house every evening and waking up here every morning.
With these finishing touches, you should be able to draw in more buyers and get them to really start thinking about what it’ll be like to live in this amazing house.