Selling a house in today’s real estate market can often be a bit trying. You may either be up against a lot of competition, or you could be trying to sell in a market that isn’t really moving. You want to make sure that the house sells, and that you get top dollar for it; but how do you go about doing that? - By making updates to the décor, of course. But what types of updates can you do that will make the house stand out from the competition?
Here is a look at some simple décor ideas that will help to get your home noticed and add to its value.
Pay Attention to the Home Office: A home office is a space that many house hunters’ desire. If you currently have a home office, beef up the design to make it pop. If your home doesn’t currently have an office, transform an extra room, or an unused space in your home into an office nook.
Some décor ideas to infuse into this space include a fresh coat of paint. Try using a pop of color that will add energy to the room. Bring in a desk and a comfortable chair. Hang a cork board on the wall and neatly arrange a calendar and a few notes on it. Don’t forget to include storage elements, such as bookshelves and baskets. While these may be items that you take with you when you move, their staging effect will help to add to the value of your home by giving potential home buyers an idea of what they can do with the space for their own home office.
Update Lighting Fixtures: A quick and simple fix, such as updating the lighting fixtures, can actually add a tremendous amount of value to your home.
Replace broken, outdated or style-specific fixtures for new fixtures that have a neutral design. Keep in mind that a minimalist style in chrome or pewter finishes are more apt to appeal to the general population. You won’t believe how much switching out a light fixture will do for the value of your home.
Update the Kitchen: The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a home, and its appearance can make or break the sale of – and how much you get for – your home. If you have outdated appliances, replace them with new ones. If your cabinets are showing wear and tear, give them a facelift with some paint and new hardware. You might even want to consider replacing the countertop.
While it may seem like you are spending a good bit of money on this update, this money won’t be misspent. You will certainly make the money you spend back – and then some – on the sale of your home.
The Bathroom: Next to the kitchen, the bathroom is the next most important room in the home, and one that house hunters’ pay a lot of attention to. That said, go ahead and give it some upgrades.
Add a new rain showerhead. Replace those old shower doors. Put in a new tile backsplash. You may even want to go so far as to replace the fixture and add a new, more energy efficient toilet. Make sure the updates that you make are neutral, yet appealing. And, like with the kitchen, the money you spend updating your bathroom will be well spent.
Statement Piece: Sometimes it pays off to go big. By adding a statement piece of decor to your house, you ensure that your home will stick out in the sea of offerings. However, if you’re going to spend the money to invest in one thing, you’ll want to make sure that it’s worth it. One of the statement pieces that you can include is a fireplace. According to the National Center for Real Estate Research, fireplaces can increase the value of the average home up to 12 percent.
Hardwood Floors: Have old, stained carpets or outdate linoleum? Replace those dingy floors with new hardwoods. The majority of prospective buyers will be looking for hardwood floors and will be delighted to see them in your home.
If real hardwood is over your budget, try engineered floors; they offer the same great look, but for a fraction of the price.
The Master Bedroom: Don’t forget to pay attention to the room that the potential buyers will be calling their own. Transform your bedroom into a soothing retreat that anyone would want to call his or her own. Use soothing colors on the walls. Bring in new stylish, yet neutral furnishings. Add plush bedding. Create a seating area, complete with a lounge chair and a bookshelf.
The old saying, ‘You need to spend money to make money’ certainly rings true in the world of real estate. With these simple updates, you will speed up the sale of your home and increase its value.
Uma Campbell is a freelance writer from Southern California. She loves writing about home décor and design trends. She is a regular contributor to the Soothing Company blog, where she writes about home improvement projects. When she's not writing she loves to practice yoga.