Natural sunlight makes any room feel more inviting. Sunlight makes a room feel larger and more alive. And when you’re selling a house, if the rooms appear larger rooms and the house seems bigger, it’s more likely you’ll command more money and sell your home faster.
Window treatments are often needed for light control and privacy. However, there are several ways window treatments can be used to maximize light exposure while also providing light control and privacy when needed.
Blinds come in several types, such as vertical, mini, roller, honeycomb, etc., each with varying abilities of light filtering. Window treatments, on the other hand, come in endless styles and fabrics. Depending on what you choose, they can greatly impact the amount of light allowed in a room, regardless of whether or not the blinds are fully retracted.
The most common mistake with window treatments is allowing the fabric to block some or most of the window. Some window treatments are used for privacy and light control, but most are installed to make a visual statement. Occasionally they’re used as a secondary form of privacy and light control. Either way, when your window treatments are fully open, they shouldn’t hide any part of the window. You don’t want to block any light pouring into your room because doing so makes it look and feel smaller.
Since larger rooms and larger homes typically sell for more money, when your house is on the market and you want to sell your home faster, adjust your window treatments to showcase the full window. A great tip is to hang the hardware an inch or two below your ceiling and extend the rod at least 18 inches beyond your window frame on each side. Not only will this trick allow light to pour in when the curtains are open, it will make a greater visual impact by helping your windows and room appear much larger.
I have a large window in my guest bedroom that’s approximately 60” wide by 55” tall sitting in the middle of a wall that is about 14 feet long. So, I simply used window hardware that stretches along the ceiling and runs from wall to wall. The curtains usually remain open since I have heavy duty, light reducing blinds installed. But the dramatic wall of curtains gives this small guest room a large visual impact while allowing all the natural light to pour in. When absolutely needed, we can draw the curtains for extra light reduction and privacy.
There are times however, when staging some occupied and most vacant homes, we remove the window treatments altogether. They key is to make sure as much sunlight as possible shines into each room during the day. If you must have window treatments, hang them in such a way that they don’t block any of the natural light. When you want to sell your home faster, let the sun shine in!
Tracy Kay Griffin is a member of Express Homebuyers Design Team. She was the Series Designer for HGTV’s “Get It Sold,” a Guest Designer for HGTV’s ” My First Place” and the Lead Stager for Washington DC’s premier staging company, Red House Staging & Interiors.
If you want to sell your home faster but fear it needs more than a fresh coat of paint and the proper window treatments, call Express Homebuyers at (877) 804-5252 for a fast and fair cash offer.