Windows treatments for selling

indywarMarch 21, 2013

Hi,

We are getting ready to place our house for sale (Indianapolis, IN). The house is 3 bed, ~ 1700 sqr ft, comp indicate price should be ~ $140k.

My question: at this price point, does adding curtains add value or help sell a house. We have the faux blinds in all windows, but I am wondering about the value of curtains? If I should buy them, what should I look for/stay away from?

Thanks for any advice,
Rob

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linda117117

Depends on the house. Can you post pictures?

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 4:31PM
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sameboat

If you are selling in the summer, maybe some sheer white lace panels? Keep it light. In the summer I actually remove my curtains. It feels lighter and cooler...

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 4:37PM
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xamsx

You want to change your window coverings? Will the new coverings block the natural light? Are the faux blinds more in line with the furniture (assuming you are not selling empty), style of the house, etc?

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 5:27PM
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rrah

Curtains won't add value, but may help the place look better. If you do buy any, keep them simple and neutral.

I'm not really sure what faux blinds are. Do you mean those temporary blinds they sell at big box stores or faux wood blinds? If it's the former, I would definitely add something. What do other houses in this price range have? Look at the MLS pictures of your competition.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 7:32PM
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indywar

Here are a couple of pictures, for what they are worth.

Thanks again for advice.

Here is a link that might be useful: Door & Window Photos

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 8:08PM
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sheilajoyce_gw

No, they look fine. The current look seems to be to use as little window drapery as possible.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 2:44AM
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hoosierbred

Indywar, we are in Brownsburg. We plan to list in a couple weeks - delayed because we need to get some things done outside and this winter weather won't leave. :-) We are in a rural area and have new wooden casement windows with no window treatments. Our realtor said not to put anything over our windows. Yours look fine the way they are in my opinion.

Good luck in selling!

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 5:32AM
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StPaulGal

I'd get rid of the metal (?) hooks on the doors that seem intended to hold window treatments of some sort. Other than that, I think you're good to go. I tend to think of drapes as mildly old-fashioned.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 12:23PM
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kellienoelle

When I posted pics here for advice prior to listing, the resounding feedback was to add some softness to the windows in the bedrooms/office. I bought a couple nice but inexpensive curtain rods and panels from Home Goods. Overall investment was less than about $75 total for a couple of rooms and I have to say it did look much better.
I'll just put a before and after so you can see the difference of such a minor thing

This post was edited by kellienoelle on Sat, Mar 23, 13 at 13:02

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 12:56PM
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hayden2

kellienoelle, you're absolutely right! Small touch made a world of difference. Looks terrific.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 8:08PM
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jane__ny

Wow, what a difference. Trust your judgement.

Jane

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 10:10PM
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StPaulGal

Wow, impressive! I love the change, and you may notice that I just said I found drapes old-fashioned. I take it back!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 9:11PM
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StellaMarie

I agree that you should get rid of the metal hooks -- and the binder clip on one of the strings -- make sure that everything is cleaned up and looks good. Pull the blinds up when you show (unless you want to block a view, e.g. of a neighbor's too-close house).

I was totally going to say that you should skip window treatments, but thought about it some more (and saw kellie's pic!) and think it might be a good idea to hang *inexpensive* drapes, like Ikea Vivians, primarily because you don't seem to have moldings around the windows. I'd leave the door as is, though.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 1:42PM
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nosoccermom

Yes, check out IKEA curtains and rods, and I'd also hang the rod higher to add height.

(As an side, when buying our first house, we almost bought a house because we liked their curtains.)

Here is a link that might be useful: curtains

    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 11:38AM
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indywar

Thank you to everyone who responded. I am grateful for the advice.

Rob

    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 12:07PM
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writersblock

World Market is another place to check for inexpensive curtains, too.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 6:55PM
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nosoccermom

Yes, and they always have sales going on; however, many of their curtains are patterned.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 3:04PM
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azzalea

When we sold, I made sure every window had some sort of curtain on it--light, open ones, (except where I didn't want the buyers to look out and see that the next door house was only 12' from their kitchen!). Curtains make a house look like a home, look less unfinished or indutrial.

Of course, every sale, every buyer is different, but I'll tell you this--I offered to leave most of the window coverings for our buyer so they wouldn't have to run right out and buy coverings for 40+ windows. And you know what? A year later, they've got all my curtains still hanging--so I'm pretty sure that the money I invested in those inexpensive curtains was WELL spent.

Cheap curtains?--I run to Marburn.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 10:28PM
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tnanock

Be sure that if you do get curtains that you check with your listing agent about whether or not you will have to leave them. It stated in our contract that all window treatments have to be left with the house. I didn't realize that until it was too late, so I could have used several of the rods and the curtains in my new house but had to leave them there.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 12:31PM
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