Remember the days of cutting out photos from magazines trying to visualize your dream home? A time when “window shopping” meant walking to the store and swooning over furniture and decor for your living room? Well, odds are that at some point in the past couple of years you’ve stumbled upon a website called Pinterest… an amazing new way to combine creativity, inspiration and sharing all into one and visualize the home of your dreams.
Simply stated, Pinterest is a way for you to organize your wants and get inspired by discovering things that other people like (if you’ve never heard of Pinterest, click here for the full explanation). There are thousands of categories, millions upon millions of ideas, and more DIY projects and recipes than you can try in a lifetime… but what does this mean for someone looking to purchase a home? Instead of looking through countless magazines and watching episode upon episode of HGTV, you can easily search for the things you want in the home of your dreams and organize them all in one place.
Here’s a good place to start… If you don’t have a Pinterest account, join here. If you do and you’re in the market for a house create a board called “Dream Home” or “New House Wishlist”. Search for a couple of high-priority features such as a fireplace or deck and start pinning! Once you start, you’ll find unique things that you may have never even thought of, such as a spiral staircase or clawfoot tub. Use this board to envision what you want your next house to look like and start prioritizing your wants and needs.
Seek out realtors and real estate Pinterest pages to get an inside perspective and see actual listings in your area. This is a great place to get ideas and tips, plus find things to do in the neighborhood you’re looking to relocate in. If you’re selling, you can also use Pinterest to find staging ideas that will blow buyers away. Try some DIY upgrades or find new decor and furniture to add to your living spaces (for ideas on how to sell your house during winter, click here).
Bottom line, Pinterest is an amazing resource for anyone in the real estate market, whether you’re looking to purchase your first home or that one of a kind property you can spend the rest of your life in. Even though you may not hit everything on your “Dream Home” board, it’s a great way to kick-start your imagination and challenge you to think about what is important to you and your family.
Visit my Pinterest page to get started and see what I’m pinning!