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8 ways to make your home appear more valuable to buyers

Paul Reddam

Paul leverages his 25 years of experience in the Austin market to provide individuals with an unparalleled level of personal attention and responsive ...

Paul leverages his 25 years of experience in the Austin market to provide individuals with an unparalleled level of personal attention and responsive ...

Apr 22 5 minutes read

Imagine walking into a five-star hotel and looking around. Every single item seems to be individually picked out and perfectly placed, right?  Like a fancy hotel, we all want our homes to look more expensive and put together than the actual amount of money or effort we put into it.  

You can achieve a high end look without blowing your whole budget. From a few small investments to some strategic styling, these 8 easy tips will turn your envisioned dream home into a reality that will impress your potential buyers.

1.  Add molding

If your walls are bare and you own a traditional-style home, consider adding molding to the ceiling, baseboard, or cabinets. Adding these finishing touches to your home looks both elegant and traditional. Architectural details such as crown molding are typically associated with upscale homes.  While the look is upscale, the cost is relatively low.  Molding is especially beneficial in large rooms; smaller rooms benefit most from simpler styling.

2.  Raise the roof

If you can’t literally raise the roof, consider raising your window treatments. When most people think of expensive homes they think of grand rooms with tall ceilings. One way to make your ceilings seem taller (without tearing out any floors or ceilings) is to raise your curtains closer to the ceiling so they appear longer which makes the ceiling seem higher.  How's that for a quick fix?

3.  Fake it while you bake it

Update the backsplash in your kitchen with 3D gel-like tiles that you can peel off and stick on the wall. This will look like you installed a custom backsplash in your kitchen, when actually you just slapped some tiles on the wall for a lot less money.

4.  Make an entrance

The entryway is the first thing your potential buyers will see as they walk inside your home. Add some style and decor with a few plants or flowers, classy light fixtures, and a mirror or two. Having fresh flowers on display as soon as you walk through the door will boost your guest's mood and make them feel welcomed.

5.  Don’t lose your marbles 

Marble and brass are having a serious moment in interior design.  While it's costly to install marble counters, you can still bring these high-end materials into your space by using them on small accent pieces or decor.  Display a marble cutting board in the kitchen or put a bouquet of fresh flowers in a brass vase.  You can also use small furniture pieces to elevate the feel of your home without breaking the bank.  For example, small pieces like a marble-based lamp or marble-topped side table can make a space feel more high-end.

6.  Go for the gold

Metallic finishes are equated with luxury.  There are plenty of inexpensive brass, silver, and gold decor accessories that will help make your space look more expensive. Not sure where to source these items?  Check out ZGallerie.  It can even be as simple as replacing the hardware on kitchen cabinets, door knobs, lighting fixtures, or wall accents.  

7.  Work that artwork

Art is a great way to give your space a luxurious and unique feel. Create a gallery wall with several smaller framed pieces of art or go for a big piece that will take over the entire space for an even more expensive look.  If large-scale original art is out of reach, online shops like Etsy and Minted offer limited edition prints that can give your gallery wall a one-of-a-kind feel.

8.  Dim the lights

Adding a dimmer on the light switch can make any room feel luxurious. By adjusting the light you can change the mood to cozy, romantic, relaxing, and so on. Buyers will love this added touch.  

Selling soon?

Selling your home doesn't have to be stressful.  Check out our other tips for getting your home sold quickly and for top dollar in the blog posts below.  And if you want a personal touch, we're always here for a free, no obligation consult to talk you through it.   

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Paul Reddam, Associated Broker

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