5. Bedrooms - all the bedrooms should be cleanly painted again in light colors, no hot pink walls in that pre-teen girls bedroom with pictures of her teen idol on the walls. All toys should be packed away in boxes neatly stored in the closet and the closets clean and organized. Matching bed covers and curtains look beautiful and the room should not be cluttered at all.
If you have been out looking at new show homes lately think about what they looked like and why you fell in love with them and try and emulate that look in your home. It will sell much faster.
Find a spare room--empty bedroom, walk-in closet, furnace room or bathroom if need be, and turn it into your serenity room. Darken the walls. Furnish the place with very little--a stand for candles, a small stereo, floor pillows. Heavy shades will enhance the mood. Install a lock on the door. Better yet, make the room off limits to anyone under the age of thirty, or shorter than three feet. Make that four feet. And no pets, either. One suggestion, unless cost is a factor, is an actual contracted remodeling. Look in the Yellow Pages or Online under quiet rooms, in-home theater construction or meditation rooms and peruse all the offerings. There are elaborate window shades, a product called QuietRock that is, drywall fabricated specifically for sound deadening applications. There are indirect, or mood lighting resources, even lighting that enhances the amount and kind of light if you suffer from seasonal affective disorder, in addition to noise pollution. . The same affect in reducing outside noise may be achieved by hanging blankets on the walls, and that may be a novel solution for couples. The wall hangings can be an art project, or a garage sale/antique store/self-spoiling expedition.
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