As you might already know, for the last six months, we have been talking about and planning to put our house on the market so we can move closer to Bryan’s work. Life keeps happening and we haven’t been able to move as quickly as we’d like, but I’ve been cleaning, decluttering, purging, selling, and basically getting this place as spiffed up as I can in the meantime.
There’s a ton of advice out there on how to set yourself up for success when listing your home, but one of the biggest pieces of advice I keep seeing is to really focus on curb appeal. When a potential buyer is walking up to the door, you want to already have grabbed their interest – if the exterior is off-putting, then it can cast a cloud over everything they see once they’ve walked inside.
So I’ve really been giving careful consideration to our home’s curb appeal and thinking through exactly what I want to project and say to potential buyers. I decided that paint was the most effective update we could do in a short period of time, so next I sat down to pick out a range of coordinating colors.
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The psychology of color is really fascinating to me. Did you know that certain colors tend to evoke certain emotions/feelings? For example, green tends to be calming, red can promote appetite.
To choose the perfect color palette for our home, I sat down and envisioned the ideal buyer we are hoping to appeal to – a hip, young and growing family looking for a stylish space in a quiet neighborhood – and used that profile to help narrow down our options.
And you guys, I seriously think I am on to something… Walk through this with me…
What’s a shared childhood memory of many in our generation? One of our first exposures to the concept of dream home? Something we were either thrilled to own or pined over zealously? And said, “One day when I grow up…”
Are you tracking with me? Can you see it?
What better color scheme than one that calls up so many wonderful childhood memories and stirs up deep-seated dreams? What little girl (or hey, boy) didn’t fantasize about having her (or his) very own bubblegum pink domicile one day?
Just think of the power of positive childhood associations! The first thought in every potential buyer’s minds… Dream house.
The decision was made, the paint chips were chosen…
I only got a few raised eyebrows when I had my gallons of pink exterior paint mixed, but when I explained my “dream house” vision, even the high school guy working at the paint counter nodded his head in recognition….
“Dude, sweet. I had one of those growing up.”
I’ll admit, it was a little scary to open the lids and see such bold colors staring back at me, but once I saw them on the house, I was certain I’d made the right call!
Curb Appeal: Complete
Are you ready to see how it turned out?!
It took several long days of painting, but I am thrilled with the outcome and the compliments have been pouring in from our neighbors! I’m thinking we may have just started a trend…
And almost every car that drives by has slowed down or even turned around and driven past a second time to admire – our golden ticket for eyeballs on the for sale sign that will be parked in the front yard [hopefully] soon!
With love from the girl who’s not quite crazy enough to paint her house bubblegum pink, but is just crazy enough to spend a few hours photoshopping, staging pics, and writing this post…
I look forward to April 1st each year and have the time of my life thinking up these posts! You can check out 2015 (DIYing a backyard bunker) and 2014 (The Gathered Home + Buffy: a blog about home decor and vampire slaying) right here:
Have fun today!