(Please say yes…there is not much market for underground shelters in the area!)
As always, play up their good qualities and downplay the negatives. If you have one window that faces a brick wall, I would say that would be a good one to keep the curtains over. However, if you have a beautiful panoramic view of the lake then you need to let buyers see that!
So, what should you know?
- Keep them clean: Basic, I know, but you would be really surprised at this missed opportunity to show off your home. This is another place where if the maintenance is done, buyers will not notice, but if it is not then they will wonder what other activities you have decided were not important. Make sure the glass is clean inside and out, and that the sills are clean.
- Keep them accessible: If you have the view, make sure buyers can get to it! In the photo below, I would move the table closer to the chair and remove the ottoman. Allow the buyers to walk right up to the window and take in the full view.
- Keep them simple: Window coverings are big money and can add a lot of personality to your room. When staging, we are trying to remove your personality and allow buyers to imagine themselves living there. In the photo below, I would remove the sheers as they reduce the width of the windows. I would also remove the roman shades or at the very least put them all the way up. Remember, you are selling the windows, not the coverings!
- Open or Closed? Something many sellers do not pay attention to is the relationship between your inside space and how it is affected by the outdoors. Using the photo below, imagine the windows open and a nice Spring breeze coming in. It smells fresh and you can hear the waves lapping on the shore line. This would be a great opportunity to sell the experience of living in the property. Conversely, if you live next to a train track and do not with to draw attention to that, then keeping the windows closed is a better option.