5 Ways to Add Character Before Listing Your Carolina Home

If you’re planning to list your North Carolina or South Carolina home in the near future, you’re probably wondering exactly what changes you should make to entice would-be homeowners to put in an offer on your residence. The information in this guide will help you add character to your property without making it too personal. 

As a general rule, there is a fine line between making a home interesting enough that prospective buyers are interested in it and making it too much “your own.” These five ways to add character before listing your Carolina home are all great options. Remember, of course, to consult with your real estate agent prior to doing any renovations. 

    1. Add color in moderation – Typically, home staging professionals and real estate agents recommend keeping neutral wall colors throughout houses while they are on the market. This makes it easier for prospective buyers to picture themselves in the space. It is, however, smart to add a bit of character with some strategic color. Choose one wall to serve as an accent wall, for example, or paint your front door a bold, appealing color. Navy and aqua are both great choices. 
    2. Install new light fixtures – Stunning light fixtures can completely transform the look of a room and many manufacturers produce gorgeous affordable options. Whether your North Carolina or South Carolina home lends itself to crystal chandeliers or industrial-inspired Edison lights, upgraded lighting is a surefire way to draw buyers in. 
    3. Add crown molding and trim – Although some Carolina homes, such as antebellum mansions, aren’t lacking in the trim department, others don’t have crown molding and decorative trim features at all. If your home falls into the latter category, it’s a great idea to install new moldings before you put your house on the market. Buyers love this detail and it’s a relatively inexpensive project. If you only have enough money to add crown molding and extra trim to a room or two, ask your real estate agent where you should focus. 
    4. Consider statement-making hardware – Whether or not your Carolina residence is actually historic, statement-making vintage hardware is certain to draw would-be buyers in when they tour your house. Architectural salvage auctions are great if you want to track down authentic old doorknobs, cabinet pulls, and other items. Or, if you’d prefer to go with vintage-inspired styles, visit your local hardware store. 
    5. Construct a fireplace – Fireplaces and mantels are extremely popular among North Carolina and South Carolina home buyers. If your house doesn’t currently have this feature, think about adding it before your property hits the market. Remember, even a faux fireplace and mantel combination will go a long way from an aesthetic standpoint. 

This guide should get on the way to preparing your home for a quick sale. Remember, if you haven’t already secured a Carolina real estate expert, now is the time! Selling your house without the aid of a professional can be extremely stressful. Working with a qualified agent will improve your overall home selling experience!

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