Thursday, May 12, 2016 / by GetWrittn Blog
If you are selling your house, you of course want top dollar. You want buyers to feel the wow factor when they walk in and think that your home is worth every penny they are going to invest into it. There are a few ways that you can make your home appear more expensive than it is, without eating into your own budget.
Add some faux
Adding trim or faux wainscoting in strategic places can turn a boring wall into a feature wall. Finish off the room with some ceiling plates under your light fixtures and crown molding around the ceiling, doors, windows and tops of cupboards. If you’ve got the time, a rustic look is definitely a seller in homes lately and adding faux beams in the kitchen will up the wow factor. Built-ins are always a great feature in any home, although they can be a budget killer. Add some fake built-ins and no one will be any the wiser, but the room will look finished.
Your home will look more expensive and finished if you add some little touches, which won’t cost you too much, but will increase the value. Adding a subway tile backsplash in your kitchen and your kitchen will instantly look thousands of dollars more expensive. Framing your mirrors will add that extra touch and again, make the bathroom appear like it is worth more than it is. Windows will look bigger if they are dressed properly, so ensure curtains and blinds are clean and the right length. A valance adds charm and you can do it for less than $10 if you’ve got a crafty side.
Keep it neutral
There is one thing that all the upscale homes have in common and that is a neutral colour scheme. You can add pops of colour with accessories, but keep your walls, furniture and flooring neutral if you want your home to look more expensive. While colors have their place in homes, they are very individual to the person and the buyer who doesn’t like green is going to hate your forest green dining room, whereas no one truly hates neutrals – they just see the possibilities.
Change it up
If you’ve got the budget and are a little handy, there are a few quick fixes that will instantly transform your home into a more-expensive looking space. Changing out some of the boring, builder-grade doors for the newest looks will increase the value and the wow factor for buyers. Sliding barn doors are so trendy right now and they work to get buyer’s attention, but they can be notoriously expensive, unless you do it yourself.
Make it bright
Dark spaces don’t look good and will definitely decrease the value of a home. If you’ve got lots of big windows, you definitely want to show them off by keeping all window dressings open. If you don’t have natural light, turn on some lights, but make sure the light is not harsh and not dim. Overhead lighting isn’t the greatest, unless the fixture is modern and fits the scheme of the house. Accent lighting works well to highlight the best areas of the room.