More often than not, window treatments are not one of first things on someone’s mind when they are trying to sell a house. Window blinds and shades are often considered to be a once-in-a-lifetime purchase like roofing or flooring. This is mainly because custom treatments can be rather expensive and most people just assume they won’t make a big impact on whether or not the house sells. Any interior designer or realtor will tell you, this could not be further from the truth. Stylish and well-built window treatments not only make an impact, they boost the resale value of your home considerably. There are a few things you can do to ensure your window treatments make an impression on prospective buyers.
Window treatments that insulate can add a lot of value to your home as many people these days are “going green” and also trying to save money on their energy costs. Cellular shades are ideal for this as they let light filter in without the heat from the sun. There are even several types of honeycomb shades that meet the criteria for tax credits because of the energy they save. Sticking to neutral colors is best so that the shades can easily match the new homeowner’s décor.
Real wood plantation shutters can make an impressive statement as shutters are considered furniture for windows. The only down side to this option is that real wood shutters are a much bigger investment than most window treatments. If you are on more of a budget, opt for fauxwood shutters. Again, for the sake of the next homeowner’s décor, it is probably best to go with a neutral color like white as opposed to a unique shade of wood stain.
Custom blinds, shades and shutters can be rather pricey and since you are going to be leaving these treatments in the house, you may want to go with something more economical. Neutral color or sheer curtains can add extra incentive for the homeowner as their home will already look put-together when they move in. It is also important to remember to replace any blinds or shades that are broken or have obvious tears or dings. And obviously, always clean your window treatments before potential buyers come over. Following these guidelines will ensure that your windows will look their best and give your house’s resale value the extra boost it needs to get sold.