Millennials, who make up the largest share of homebuyers, are looking for “move-in condition” properties and therefore want to avoid the expense of significant repairs, based on the latest National Association of Realtors study. The bottom line for today’s sellers is to look through the lens of selective buyers and invest in updates that will be most appealing to them. Our list below features the top modest home improvements to get your home noticed and boost its perceived value in a competitive market.
Enhance Curb Appeal
Make the best first impression for buyers even before they step foot in the door by investing in the exterior of the property by sprucing up curb appeal:
- Remodeling magazine’s 2020 Cost vs. Value Report lists replacing siding, garage doors, entry doors and windows as the upgrades with the greatest return on investment.
- Refresh landscaping by trimming bushes, weeding, eliminating dead shrubs/trees and manicuring the lawn.
- Power wash and make any necessary repairs to siding, windows, walkways and steps.
- Enhance the entry with a fresh coat of on-trend paint color for the front door and update or clean all outdoor light fixtures. Finish with a colorful welcome mat, fresh wreath, potted plants, and seasonal potted plants.
Refresh the Heart of The Home
The 2020 Cost vs. Value Report also lists minor kitchen remodels as a top investment for resale. Our top kitchen upgrades for an instant boost include:
- Introduce modern lighting options with fixtures in different materials (metals, woods, rattan) and geometric shapes.
- Swap out dated faucets and cabinet hardware for more contemporary, full-functioning styles in trending finishes such as matte black, brushed brass, or polished nickel.
- Rather than completely replacing dark, dated and worn cabinets, simply repaint them in a bright white or soft gray hue to brighten and enlarge the space.
- Replace or refinish damaged or dull hardwood floors to make the room shine.
Give the Bathroom a Boost
Potential buyers evaluate bathrooms both functionally and visually — the colors, the style, the layout, the amenities and the fixtures.
- Start by fixing leaky faucets and showerheads, worn caulking, broken toilet, chipped tile.
- Replace outdated lighting in modern designs and finishes to instantly set the mood and add sophisticated style. Pair with matching hardware and faucets to complete the look.
- Change out damaged and dated countertops with marble or quartz and/or paint darker colored vanities with an on-trend neutral or soft color (the robin egg blue pictured above is a perfect example).
- Be sure the wall and/or tile color is soft and soothing to give the room a spa-like appeal.
Revive the Dining Room
Buyers want to envision where they can entertain guests so be sure to present it as spacious, inviting and elegant.
- The best way to make the space feel larger and enhance the room’s features is by covering dark walls with neutral paint. It will also pair well with bright white crown molding and/or wainscoting, an added touch of elegance.
- Replace traditional chandeliers with chic, contemporary fixtures to set a more sophisticated tone.
- Spruce up your dining room table with a stylish table setting to help buyers envision their own dinners here.
Create a Master Bedroom Retreat
Make the master bedroom feel like a cozy getaway with these simple changes:
- Remove and/or replace heavy draperies with simple, sheer white curtains or shades that allows for a little privacy while letting in natural light.
- Install stylish ceiling and bedside table lighting.
- Deep clean soiled carpeting to restore plushness or add a neutral, textured area rug to hardwood floors.
- Layer fluffy, white bedding with accent pillows and soft throws in different colors and patterns.
When all the above updates are complete, don’t forget to hire a professional home stager to add inviting, modern furnishings and accents to help buyers emotionally connect every step of the way!
Color is one of the most dynamic and versatile design elements for adding personal style to your home’s decor. It not only sets the mood and tone, but can also bring out a room’s architectural features. Wallpaper is also back in style and can help add depth and interest to any room.
Not sure where to begin when choosing a paint color or wallpaper pattern for your spaces? The following are some tips and creative ideas that we hope will inspire you.
1. Create Your Palette
- Start by considering your personal color preferences. Which colors do you gravitate towards – jewel tones, pastels, neutral?
- Collect images and swatches from Pinterest, Houzz, and other decor sources. Even consider your own personal experiences: vacations, nature, artwork, etc. that attract and inspire you.
- Group the colors and view them together in the room to see how they look with existing furnishings and during different times of the day (colors look different in the morning, afternoon and evening).
2. Define The Mood
- Narrow down colors based on the vibe they evoke.
- Decorate with intention by choosing colors that have personal meaning and give you a sense of satisfaction.
- Hues from nature such as blue, green and tan feel tranquil, soothing and renewing.
- Bright yellows, oranges and reds enliven a space with warmth and energy.
- Darker colors convey mystery, drama and formality while lighter colors are lively and optimistic.
3. Accent Your Space
There are many ways to highlight your home’s architectural features with color:
- Try lightening up a traditional brick fireplace by whitewashing it for a more modern look.
- Built-in shelving can be treated like furniture by using either the same color paint or a contrast color to the walls. Make a bookshelf pop by painting the back of the shelves a complementary accent color
- Try using contrasting color on stairway risers and/or spindles for a dramatic entryway.
4. Add Personal Style With Wallpaper
- Wallpaper can add style and dimension to any space. Consider using wallpaper as an accent wall in a small office or powder room.
- Keep the style of the wallpaper similar to your home’s decor – traditional, contemporary, rustic, etc.
- You should feel emotionally attached to the design so you won’t get tired of it quickly.
- In a room with many doors and windows, avoid large pattern repeats. Instead, choose a textured or solid color.
5. Still Overwhelmed?
- Consider consulting with an interior designer who can help narrow down paint and paper selections based on your taste and budget.
For more info please contact Patti Stern at 203.640.3762 or email email@example.com.
Like every other room in the house, homeowners and buyers today are interested in bathrooms that provide comfort, functionality and style. Whether you’re thinking of some basic upgrades or a full transformation for your outdated bathroom, we’re here to help! The following tips along with images we chose on Houzz.com feature some of the latest design trends that will provide pleasure now as well as increase value down the road when ready to sell.
Seamless Walk-In Showers
This popular shower style provides a sleek, contemporary look and is a safe option for all ages as well as easy to clean. Integrating a frameless door with tile surround on walls and floor can also make a small space feel larger.
Permanent features such as tile, flooring and vanities in calm, neutral colors such as whites, grays or beiges are a perfect backdrop for modern, timeless appeal. Walls in soothing blue or green hues, brushed metal fixtures and splashes of bright accents will add a tranquil, spa-like ambience.
Choose vanities and counter tops in a range of earthy materials such as wood, natural stone and river rock mixed with accessories such as natural woven baskets and rugs, plants and botanical artwork to add beautiful texture to your design. Geometric wallpaper prints (as shown above) are also hot now for adding a personal touch that can easily be removed later.
Mixing Tile Patterns
Tile continues to be in the spotlight but the emphasis is on using creative patterns (such as herringbone in photo above) as well as incorporating a mix of contrasting sizes and materials to give visual depth and a sophisticated look.
High Efficiency Features
Since bathrooms use the most amount of water in most homes, this is the room that is increasingly designed with eco-friendly features in mind. Fixtures such as single-hole, motion-activated faucets, dual-flush toilets and water efficient shower-heads all reduce water usage and will appeal to any buyer looking for a green, cost-effective home.
There are many reasons why a bathroom remodel is a worthwhile investment
in any home — from updating the style, increasing resale value, to adding functionality and more storage options. Whatever the reason, the following are some key factors when considering the scope of the project which will help when consulting with a design team or contractor, or simply making your own improvements.
- Define your budget. This is the first step in any home improvement project. Having a budget will help when you are bidding the project out
to contractors, selecting cabinets, flooring, tile, fixtures and any other material for your bathroom.
- Make a list of “must haves.” Storage, custom cabinetry, larger shower, frameless shower doors, free standing tub, LED lighting, bathtub tile surround or counter back splash, radiant heat, and anything you have
ever dreamed of!
Hall Bath Remodel: PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating
We designed this bathroom around the white vanity & beadboard using neutral gray paint for walls and new fixtures to achieve a Pottery Barn style look.
Decide on a color scheme. For vanity – white/linen, darker wood or espresso? Grey cabinets are a current trend but may go out of style in a few years. For walls – neutral or bold tones to contrast or blend? What will your accent color be especially if you are using tile? Try to complement the colors to the adjacent room or hallway.
- Classic or trendy? If you’re planning to sell in a few years, consider a timeless design otherwise, have fun with something a little unexpected.
- Replace or refinish? If your budget is limited and cabinets are in good condition, you may opt to refinish or paint them. Either way, there are many price levels for vanity, cabinets and counter top materials to choose from when replacing.
Splurge on high end materials or accessories? If tiling walls is not in the budget, accessorize by hanging a beautiful shower curtain that may even get more attention. Better quality fixtures, faucets and vanity hardware are other ways to add a high-end look.
Every year new design trends offer a chance to update your home’s current style and start the year with a fresh look. We’ve featured some of our favorite style influences and predictions for 2014 below to offer you a glimpse in to what to expect to see in home furnishings and decor.
Choose your favorite new trend and layer new styles, colors and patterns with the furnishings you already own — with new home accents and accessories — a simple and cost effective way to freshen up your existing interior decor.
Soft, muted pastels balanced with bold, bright hues will dominate this year’s home decor. Intermixed with these brighter tones, we’ll see warm neutrals and earthy hues to create balance. Grey continues to be the new neutral. Use light or charcoal grey as your foundation and pair it with pops of color such as yellow, raspberry, plum, or teal to create a chic, modern style and look.
NATURALLY MODERN, REDEFINED RUSTIC
Redefined, modern rustic styling took off in 2013 and will define 2014 decor. Spaces that mix clean lines and modern styling with rustic natural wood finishes and elegant accents and accessories appeal to today’s lifestyles. Together these elements create warm, refined spaces for living and entertaining. Natural and organic influences will carry over into textile patterns as well. Geometric patterns, chevrons and stripes have dominated but this year will be replaced with softer, less defined patterns including more floral and organic prints, animal, ikat and honeycomb patterns.
THE MIDAS TOUCH
Gold is considered to be one of the hottest trends for 2014 and just a touch of gold will add a bit of luxe to any space. Gold accents and accessories, gold nail head detailing on furnishings and gold finishes and trim on pillows and draperies will become more popular in the coming year.
KITCHENS AND BATHS
We can’t have an article on 2014 home trends without mentioning the two most important spaces — kitchens and baths. White has become the overwhelming choice of most homeowners for their kitchen cabinetry. Think modern and refined — not sterile, operating room. 2014’s other trends cross over into kitchens as well — we’re seeing rustic flair with earthy finishes and woods for counter tops as well as gold fixtures. In 2014, bathrooms are either getting dressed up or down — being transformed into spaces that are serene and spa-like or make you feel like you are walking into a jewlery box. Finishes and features including frameless shower doors and glass tiles, are a must.