Newly retired buyers are looking for something different than when you bought 20 years ago. Many houses we see on the market would sell much quicker with a very small investment. How do you make your home appeal to people who were still raising kids when you moved in without breaking the bank?

Open up your floor plan – not necessarily by opening up walls but by painting them a monochromatic color (no accent walls) that gives the feel of openness.  Think subtle cool colors with undertones of grey or blue.

Pack up the family pictures, the knick-knacks, collections and anything that could be termed “clutter” and add some greenery.  You want clean, almost empty spaces where your buyer can imagine their own items in the room.

Accessory items should be minimal, but in a cool color palette. We’re seeing greys, blues, taupe, a hint of blush, natural woods and green plants.  Cool colors do not mean a room can’t feel cozy; add softness with interesting textures on pillows, throws and rugs.

Next time we’ll share tips for staging a vacant house (on a budget!) to sell faster.