|A simple and lovely window treatment from Pottery Barn|
What piece of advice do seller's resist the most?
Home owners are most resistant to removing dated and/or fussy window treatments. Their belief is that since they paid big bucks for fabric and labor that the window treatments add value to their house. Wrong-y Dong-y. Custom window treatments are typically only of value to the people who bought them. Custom window treatments were purchased to coordinate with the seller's taste and decor. It is highly unlikely that the new owner's style be the same as the sellers. (Especially true, if the sellers are retiring and downsizing their family home to much younger buyers.)
House hunters are buying:
- the windows
- the view
- the sunlight (really--their is never enough lightness and brightness to a room)
Here are a few examples of what I am talking about from houses I consulted on.
So how do I tell seller's their window treatments need to come down?
"While your window treatments are lovely and no doubt costly, they probably won't transfer to the new buyers furnishings. Also, we are selling the beautiful view of (insert view) your backyard and want as much sunlight streaming in as possible. Why don't you consider prepacking the drapes for your new house? Often, you can have them tailored to fit other windows."
Have a wonderful weekend, my lovelies!