If you are selling a house on a busy street, you are probably already aware of the challenge it brings. While some buyers seek a home in a popular area — near shopping, schools, main thoroughfares, and other amenities — these houses on busy streets tend to sell for less.
In a day and age when homes are on limited supply, more homebuyers are going to be open to the opportunity of buying a busy street home than ever before. Our job is to make sure that the top selling points are highlighted so the buyer sees more pros to outweigh the cons. To emphasize those selling points, a house on a busy street can sell faster and for more when you stage it correctly. That’s where skilled designers come in.
Though this advice can be applied to any house you’re trying to sell, you want to pay extra attention to the following elements to sell a house on a busy street.
Create a Good First Impression With Exterior Polish
As with every house, it’s all about the curb appeal. The first impressions of a house can determine whether a buyer will even step inside. With a house on a busy street, it is important to put extra design work on the exterior space.
When we assess a home’s curb appeal, we often encourage heightening the landscape with freshly planted or trimmed shrubbery and flowers that have colors to complement the exterior paint. Speaking of paint — the porch railing, front door, siding, and window shutters should have a fresh coat. Consider painting the door a bright color to make the front of the house stand out from the street.
The backyard should also be made to feel like an escape from the nearby street noise. With everyone’s focus on the healthy benefits of fresh air right now, making sure the backyard is private and welcoming is key.
“Curating the backyard to feel like an outdoor oasis can help potential homeowners envision themselves enjoying the space,” says Margaret Gehr, Founder and Co-Owner of Chicagoland Home Staging. “Buyers will forget that they’re on a busy street with the right enhancements to the exterior.”
Reduce Street Noise, Inside and Outside
Depending on how busy the street, noise can detract from a home’s enjoyability. Noise levels can affect the value of a home, as well. However, the challenge of noise can be mitigated with a few simple tactics.
Tall shrubs act as a noise barrier from the busy street, while also creating more privacy. And when it comes to creating the feeling of relaxation, you can add a water feature, such as a small fountain, to create alternative sounds and ambiance.
Inside the home, thick rugs, big furniture, and house plants can absorb more outside sounds, while creating the cozy at-home feeling.
Emphasize The Home’s Positive Features
With the help of skilled designers and thoughtful decor placements, buyers are more likely to notice the key features of the home. That could be large windows, which bring in natural light. An open floor plan with an updated kitchen. Or oversized bedrooms with stunning wood flooring.
By adding coordinated accents, such as large plants, vases, or artwork, placed at varying eye levels, you can guide a buyer’s eye where you want it to focus. These are just the beginning steps to spotlight your home’s most attractive characteristics.
In this living room above, you’ll notice a cohesive color template and matching textures in the tables and arm chairs. Large artwork draws the eye in and circular matching lamps mimic the picture’s design.
“Though living on a busy street is not for everyone, there are buyers out there who are looking for the convenience of a beautiful home in the neighborhood they want to be in,” says Kathy Lobkovich, Co-Owner of Chicagoland Home Staging. “If you can draw attention to it’s built-in features, you can help buyers weigh those above its location.”
Elevate Your Property’s Listing
Our team of experts and designers are passionate about inspiring you with the possibilities your space could have, while ultimately helping your home sell faster. To learn more about how we incorporate color theory to help your home sell faster, contact Chicagoland Home Staging for an instant home quote in DuPage County!
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