Ah, Pinterest. Who uses this platform? Me, me, me, me! I do! I just checked and between my personal Pinterest page and my business page I have 6,871 pins. I will not be shamed by this number, don’t even try to go down that path. If you’re not completely sure of what the purpose of Pinterest is, according to Wikipedia, “Pinterest is an American image sharing and social media service designed to enable saving and discovery of information on the internet using images and, on a smaller scale, animated GIFs and videos, in the form of pinboards.”
I am a real estate agent because I love to help people and I absolutely love being a homeowner. Being an agent for me is not about the transaction (that’s the easy part), it’s about connecting with clients to help them find a place to call home. Part of homeownership is to be empowered enough to make your house the best home for yourself. BUT, do you lack creative vision? Or do you have creative vision, but sometimes need a little extra boost from time to time? Pinterest is an incredible resource for you.
Now, I don’t use Pinterest as a “social media” platform in the same way that I use Facebook and Instagram to stay connected to those I know. I use Pinterest for ideas. Here are my recommendations on how to use Pinterest to your advantage:
- Paint colors: Choosing paint colors is one of my super powers. I’ll let you in on my secret: I study pins on Pinterest well before painting a room, I’ll read blogs attached to some of them about the “perfect greige” or whatever color I’m pondering, and I’ll narrow my choices down. Once I have a small handful of colors that I think I like, I go back into the search bar, type in the color and paint company and see what pops up. I then try to find photos that are similar-sized spaces to my room with similar lighting to further narrow my choices. Everyone knows paint color can vary greatly depending on the lighting of the room, so pay close attention to that detail when you are searching.
- Furniture placement: Sometimes when you look at your new, completely empty house it can be overwhelming to wonder how everything should be arranged. Even worse, it’s hard to UNSEE what it looked like when the last homeowners lived in the space. Go to Pinterest for ideas! The search bar is a powerful tool on this platform. Get creative with the way you do your searches. I promise that it will unlock your mind to what is possible.
- Homeowner Hacks: Did you know that you can combine equal parts Dawn blue dishsoap with warm vinegar to a spray bottle to create a powerful weapon against glass shower doors? Did you know there are probably 1,000 creative uses for pool noodles around the house? DID YOU KNOW you could create a dam on your garage floor using expandable foam? I knew all of these things because I am obsessed with Pinterest.
- Landscaping: The ability to search ideas on landscaping and plant care has saved me. I am not intelligent when it comes to the outside of my home and I could use all the help I can get. Why not go to Pinterest and let the pins speak the information to you?
- Checklists: “Year-Round Home Cleaning Checklist”, “Things To Do Before Selling Your Home”, “15 Hacks to Make Your Home Look More Expensive”, “29 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Cleaner Than It’s Ever Been”. There are lists from blogs and infographics for everything your heart can imagine.
- Anything and Everything In-Between: I could continue to add bullet-points, the benefits of creative inspiration you can gain on Pinterest is endless, especially encompassing the topic of homeownership. Jump in. The water is warm.
If you want to follow my Pinterest page, here is the link: http://www.pinterest.com/LindaGloverHUFFRealty. The link is also on the little “P” button at the top of my blog webpage.
I try to add items daily to help my friends and clients gain inspiration for their homes. If you have any questions, please comment below or reach out to me directly. Happy pinning!