The Popp Report – Bedrooms

Bedroom in a classic design.

The final rooms of our walkthrough when selling your home are the bedrooms. Never underestimate their importance when selling.  Remember, when a potential home buyer walks in a house that is for sale, one of the first questions they ask is, “How many bedrooms?” The total number of bedrooms in a home is essential to most people looking to buy, but did you know what is even more important in most cases is the look and feel of each bedroom. Here are a few tips that will help you get your bedrooms ready for a quick sale.

Begin by adding a fresh coat of paint. Choose a neutral color that will make your bedroom more relaxing.  Most people look at the Main Bedroom as their oasis, a place to get away from it all. Popular colors are light gray, light beige, light blue, or linen white thanks to their ability to produce a calming effect, as well as their versatility with the furniture and décor that prospective buyers are imagining bringing into the space.

Remove any clutter that may exist.  It is common for folks to keep all kinds of stuff in their bedrooms. Get rid of as much as you can.  Organize closets.  My rule is if you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it.

Improve lighting.  Finding the right lighting for a bedroom can be a challenge.  Bright lights may be overpowering, but lighting shouldn’t be too dim.  With today’s technology and new designs, you will be amazed at what new light fixtures can do for a room when you change a ceiling light or replace an old ceiling fan. 

Bedroom modern interior.

Decorator items such as adding a new comforter, updating window treatments, use mirrors to make any space feel larger are easy fixes when selling.  While we have talked about the importance of bathrooms, if you have a connecting bath, carry your decorating theme into that space, paint the walls the same color, new towels, new faucets if needed, these touches make such a difference.

The ultimate goal with the main bedroom is making the room feel like a sanctuary where people want to spend time.  Small accessories throughout this space will make it look updated and modern.

Secondary bedrooms are similar to the master bedroom.  No matter who sleeps in the room, it needs to feel livable, spacious, and relaxing.  Each bedroom is essential and often overlooked when selling your home.  Setting the stage in each room will help the customer know how to use the room.  

Classic interior with modern workplace.

Natural light will create an ideal room.  Any bedroom that has little light will look unappealing and uninviting.  Paint the walls a light color.  Add cheery window treatments and a warm rug.  Visit your local builder’s models to get ideas or look to your favorite home decorating magazines.

Above all, and this can be challenging, your house needs to be clean and orderly.  Remember, the buyer is buying a dream… they go home to reality.  If it doesn’t show better than what they are living in, there is no incentive to purchase.

To view our other articles in this series, see:

  1. Take Off the Rose-Colored Glasses – Curbside Improvements
  2. Home Entries and Views
  3. Kitchens and Bathrooms