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- Replace outdated lighting in modern designs and finishes to instantly set the mood and add sophisticated style.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!
With the busy spring real estate market in full swing, it’s more important than ever for potential buyers to remember a property from the moment they step through the front door. That means thinking beyond furnishings and décor and presenting a lifestyle that they can envision with memorable, engaging accents.
Pops of Bold Hues
For the gorgeous living room shown above, our design team chose versatile navy-blue as the primary accent color which really pops and makes a statement against the soft, neutral backdrop. Since this room is one of the first that guests will notice upon entering the property, the use of an eye-catching color creates a focal point to draw potential buyers into the space. The cozy velvet side chair, accent pillows, artwork and pottery work together to create a sophisticated, unforgettable space.
Once the furnishings and decor are chosen, inviting vignettes arranged in trays and baskets help immediately draw buyers into the space and emotionally connect. In the photos above, we chose a collection of coordinating accents with texture and personality such as plants, flowers, colorful bottles, napkins and wine glasses to both convey a lifestyle and enhance the home’s unique style.
Using hanging art is a great way to add a subtle touch of warmth to help present a home in the most appealing light. We find that using simple imagery with soothing hues or text with a short message works best to add to the room’s style while not detracting from its best features. The canvas “Home Sweet Home” wall art and abstract art for fireplace shown above were the perfect finishing touches in the farmhouse style kitchen we recently staged with soft creams, wired baskets and pine furnishings.
Layering and mixing textures creates depth and visual interest in any space. In the rooms shown above we started with beautiful area rugs that contrast well with the dark hardwood flooring and added a mx of textured accents such as a faux fur throw, pillows in different fabrics, wood, gold and silver metallics, wire, glass and ceramics. The final result is an engaging space that will instantly get noticed by buyers.
Whether a homeowner is selling now or wants to enjoy updates for a few years, smart on-trend solutions will add value and make a home more attractive to future buyers. The collage below features elements from several kitchens we decorated/remodeled along with a list of some of the latest trends in kitchen design for 2016 that we hope will help inspire you to get started planning your dream kitchen.
Kitchens decorated by PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating
Kitchens are fading into the backdrop as open layouts infuse more seamlessly into the living room or dining room. The result is a unified, multi-functional space that is perfect for a relaxed lifestyle as well as entertaining.
Metal Range Hoods
While stainless steel finishes continue to be popular in accents such as faucets, pendant lights and cabinet hardware, this trend takes it one step further by using metal range hoods as a focal point either over the stove or a central island. They also provide a beautiful contrast to surrounding materials.
This trend is about more than just adding workspace in the kitchen – its a perfect solution for more storage, charging stations for gadgets, prep sinks, as well as another casual dining area.
Soft, Muted Color Palettes
Although white motifs continue to dominate, designers are adding touches of soft, pastel color in tiles, shelving and other accents. Also using variations of gray, muted blue and green and tinted whites for walls and cabinets are new alternatives to standard white.
The more options for layering kitchen lighting the better. LED and low voltage light strips placed above, below and inside cabinets pair well with ceiling fixtures to provide more ways to set the right mood.
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.