3. Make your home memorable:
Here is where you add the icing on the cake. This last step is a powerhouse if you are preparing to sell your home, but it’s also that next level up if you just want to love pulling up to your own home that little extra bit.
Why is this important? Buyers aren’t just looking at one house, they are scanning online listings, looking at flyers, and generally absorbing a barrage of details about a lot of homes. They are doing this for weeks or months sometimes. After awhile those houses can start to melt into one another. It’s a funny thing, but the smallest detail about your home that sticks in someone’s mind means that your home is at the top of the list in their brain, along with all the relevant details about your home. Familiarity is comforting and when someone is faced with a huge life change like moving, the more they think about your house, the more comfortable they feel with it and the more comfortable they feel with it, the more they are going to gravitate toward living in it. This is great news when you want to sell it, right?
If you’re not selling, this same factor is what helps your friends and family feel comfortable in your home. It also means that because you are putting that extra bit of your own personality into your space, you are going to be extra happy there as well. There is no downside to this!
What makes a home memorable? Mainly, it comes down to this: one or two things that are bigger, bolder and more colorful than their surroundings. You need a statement. Something unique. Something in a bright color or interesting material. Something that makes people say ‘oh, the house with the _____?! I know that house!’
Does it need to be a purple cow statue on the front lawn or a toilet bowl planter full of foliage? Um, no. Those might be conversation starters, but I’m not sure that’s the vibe you want your home to be giving off (or maybe it is, I don’t judge.) There are lots of great ideas that will also enhance the style of your home. Consider a few nice planters overflowing with bright flowers near the door, a unique color painted on the front door, house numbers painted a bold color, a door mat with some style, a really great light fixture at the door, or maybe just one bold colored accessory on the porch.