Window treatments are often put aside as an afterthought, but they actually play a large role in how a room looks and feels. The wrong window treatments can make a home feel outdated, awkward, and unappealing.
To give your home its best chance at impressing buyers, don’t overlook these important elements. Here are some tips on how to choose the right window treatments when staging your home for sale.
Window Treatment Staging Tips
Curtains vs no curtains
In cases where the windows have no framing around them, neutral curtains will make the windows look more elegant and finished off. However, if there is beautiful, upscale trim around the windows, then we typically prefer to show that off by removing curtains as long as privacy isn’t an issue and the view outside is appealing.
Let the light in
Homes with natural light are more appealing to home buyers. When buyers walk into a home that is dark, it feels less inviting and a lot smaller. To take advantage of as much natural light as possible, make sure your window treatments aren’t blocking the light from coming in. Heavy curtains can drag down the space. For staging, they should be easy to open and allow the maximum amount of light inside so your home will feel large and more welcoming.
Get rid of outdated treatments
Most home buyers can’t see past personalized or outdated décor. It distracts from the home itself and makes it hard for them to imagine their own décor in its place. Outdated window treatments are a big drawback. They affect the entire look of the space.
Before putting your home on the market, get rid of any outdated treatments, whether they’re curtains or unattractive blinds, and replace them with something streamlined and current. It will instantly update the space and make it feel fresh to buyers.
Give them a good cleaning
Window treatments are big dust collectors. They get dirty and dusty over time but it’s easy to overlook it. Go around to all of your window treatments – curtains, blinds, and shutters – and give each one a good cleaning. Vacuum and wash them so they look brand new. It can be a tedious task but it’s well worth it and will have a great impression on buyers.
Keep it neutral
While your home is on the market, it’s best to keep your window treatments neutral so they will appeal to the widest range of buyers possible. Window treatments stay with the home so even though it’s a lot of fun to customize them, it makes more sense to choose something neutral that most buyers will be happy to keep. Otherwise, they will be forced to start tallying up in their head how much it’s going to cost to replace them once they move in, and that could affect their offer.
Make sure they enhance the room
As we mentioned, window treatments have a big effect on a space. Simply throwing up something on the windows won’t do the home justice. Instead, take time to consider what would be most appealing in the space. For example, in a room with low ceilings, hanging the curtain rods higher than the window will make the ceilings appear taller. In some cases where windows are unusual sizes or shapes, you may need to get custom treatments made to avoid an awkward look.