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Inexpensive Upgrades

Modernizing for Great Returns on Your Investiment

The housing market is revving up again even though it seems we just said good-bye to the holidays. If you plan to list your house in another month or so, now is the time to start prepping.

Very few people build or buy a brand new home just to turn around and sell it shortly afterward. We stay in our houses until we add children to the mix, a job location changes, or the kids grow up and move out. And when we do decide to get a bigger house, move to a different city, or down-size again, what we never noticed before may be a glaring eye-sore to potential buyers.

Let’s talk about three upgrades to modernize a house without breaking the bank.

1. Flooring. My husband and I have a son
    graduating from high school this spring so
    of course, I’m starting to notice the wear
    and tear that seems to have just
    appeared on our hardwood floors.
    New flooring is a great way to modernize
    whether it’s refinishing hardwood,
    replacing old vinyl with the popular,
    durable, and attractive luxury vinyl planking
    and tile, or laying new carpeting. Home Depot,
    Lowe’s, or Menard’s all have a good variety
    of flooring options at economical prices.
    Many stagers are also able to get whole-sale
    pricing for you at specialty vendors.

2. Lighting. We live in an older home that I
    think still has some of the original, antiquated
    light fixtures in it. Since we have 9 foot ceilings,
    I don’t spend much time looking up at
    the lights. Until I became a home stager,
    I never even considered updating them.
    Currently any brass fixture is outdated.
    Choose a fixture that not only works with
    the style of your home and furnishings
    but definitely modernizes the room.
    Also consider the size of the space and how
    many bulbs are necessary to adequately
    light that area. Again, the big-box stores
    will be your best value.

3. Painting. Lighter, neutral wall colors make
    rooms look bigger and when it’s painted
    throughout the house, flow is created from
    room-to-room. I’m not saying every room
    has to be the same light gray or beige color
    but priority rooms like the entry, kitchen, 
    living, and dining room that usually flow
    into each other should all have the same
    wall color. Grays are still popular but beiges
    are starting to trend also.

By not making these three upgrades, you risk the chance of having to lower your asking price. But by investing a small amount in these major, modernizing features, not only will you get your money back, but you’ll be able to substantially increase your list price and for a faster sale.

I can hardly wait for our tax return to come so I can get some beautiful, updated light fixtures. Getting the house spruced up for those graduation parties isn’t really for our guests. It’s for us hosts and I will use any reason to spruce up our home!

Let’s Talk!

Roberta Peters

Birch Hill Interiors

651.500.7650

info@birchhillinteriors.com

Twin Cities

 

        

Inexpensive Upgrades

Modernizing for Great Returns on Your Investiment

The housing market is revving up again even though it seems we just said good-bye to the holidays. If you plan to list your house in another month or so, now is the time to start prepping.

Very few people build or buy a brand new home just to turn around and sell it shortly afterward. We stay in our houses until we add children to the mix, a job location changes, or the kids grow up and move out. And when we do decide to get a bigger house, move to a different city, or down-size again, what we never noticed before may be a glaring eye-sore to potential buyers.

Let’s talk about three upgrades to modernize a house without breaking the bank.

1. Flooring. My husband and I have a son
   graduating from high school this spring so
   of course, I’m starting to notice the wear
   and tear that seems to have just
   appeared on our hardwood floors.
   New flooring is a great way to modernize
   whether it’s refinishing hardwood,
   replacing old vinyl with the popular,
   durable, and attractive luxury vinyl planking
   and tile, or laying new carpeting. Home Depot,
   Lowe’s, or Menard’s all have a good variety
   of light fixtures at economical prices.
   Many stagers are also able to get whole-sale
   pricing for you at specialty vendors.

2. Lighting. We live in an older home that I
   think still has some of the original, antiquated
   light fixtures in it. Since we have 9 foot ceilings,
   I don’t spend much time looking up at
   the lights. Until I became a home stager,
   I never even considered updating them.
   Currently any brass fixture is outdated.
   Choose a fixture that not only works with
   the style of your home and furnishings
   but definitely modernizes the room.
   Also consider the size of the space and how
   many bulbs are necessary to adequately
   light that area. Again, the big-box stores
   will be your best value.

3. Painting. Lighter, neutral wall colors make
   rooms look bigger and when it’s painted
   throughout the house, flow is created from
   room-to-room. I’m not saying every room
   has to be the same light gray or beige color
   but priority rooms like the entry, kitchen,
   living, and dining room that usually flow
   into each other should all have the same
   wall color. Grays are still popular but beiges
   are starting to trend also.

By not making these three upgrades, you risk the chance of having to lower your asking price. But by investing a small amount in these major, modernizing features, not only will you get your money back, but you’ll be able to substantially increase your list price and for a faster sale.

I can hardly wait for our tax return to come so I can get some beautiful, updated light fixtures. Getting the house spruced up for those graduation parties isn’t really for our guests. It’s for us hosts and I will use any reason to spruce up our home!

Let’s Talk!

Roberta Peters

Birch Hill Interiors

651.500.7650

info@birchhillinteriors.com

Twin Cities