Let’s face it, first impressions count and when it comes time to sell your home, there is nothing
more important than showcasing your property’s full potential and garnering the best offers to reach your real estate goals.
Over the years of working with hundreds of home sellers, we are happy to say we’ve seen it all. From DIYs gone wrong to professional luxury updates, and everything in between, we know that nothing attracts more buyers to a home than a job well done, but not just that – one that offers value for that next homeowner.
When you begin your home selling journey, we want to ensure that every dollar spent on updates will pay off when it’s time to sell. That’s why for this month’s spring blog, we are featuring our top 5 trending home design updates that are sure to impress your prospective buyers.
For tip number one, we chose the first thing buyers see when approaching a home – the front yard. Start with the basics. Light cleaning around the exterior and pressure washing sidewalks and driveways can make a world of difference. If you can afford it, basic landscaping will transform the yard and entice buyers and neighbors alike to wonder what the home is like on the inside.
Tip: Black framed windows have popped up as a recent wishlist item for buyers. This, of course, pairs nicely with a light-colored exterior for optimal contrast between the elements.
Bright & Colorful Kitchens
We always refer to the kitchen as the “heart of the home”. Here, the goal for any kitchen renovation is to create an inviting space – one perfect for gathering friends and family around and making memories.
To do this, focus your updates around brightening up the space and creating utility. For example, depending on your budget and the size of your kitchen, installing accent lighting above the counters, or motion detector lights in the pantry is a great way to achieve this.
Another option is to add gentle pops of color throughout the kitchen. Showcase warm wood accent pieces such as cutting boards and bowls, or elegant ceramic jars on your counters. For larger budgets, paint the cabinetry in neutral tones to reflect more light into the room, and if you are really daring try a sophisticated green or blue tone to draw attention to your updated space.
Another coveted space that has trended is the beloved home office. Since the beginning times of working from home, the dedicated study has turned into a must-have for working professionals, college students, and kids alike.
Breathe new life into your home office by offering storage options like shelving or built-in cabinets. You can also keep the space light and bright by allowing any natural light from outside to shine in and replacing old light fixtures with new ones.
A recent study conducted by the National Association of Realtors found that one in six homebuyers is currently seeking a multi-generational living situation for their next home purchase. This makes having a guest bedroom or even a guest house on your property a major plus for buyers who are possibly taking care of aging family members and kids. If your home offers extra living quarters, be sure to make the space easily accessible without investing too much money into customized details. We recommend allowing the buyer to envision how they will use the space, making this beneficial for both parties.
At the height of the pandemic, we learned how important it was for homeowners to utilize every space around their homes, including the not-so-popular spaces outside too. Creating a lush outdoor oasis quickly trended for homeowners across the country, and since then it has remained a highly sought-after spot for even today’s buyers.
Refresh your backyard patio with comfy outdoor furniture and sultry outdoor lighting for a relaxing setting. With warmer weather right around the corner now is also the perfect time to plant greenery along the fence line to create a refreshing ambiance while also providing added privacy.
While each household uses rooms in different ways, keeping the design elements of your home flexible for future buyers can make a huge difference when it comes time to sell. Don’t pour thousands of dollars into updates without contacting us first! For expert guidance during your next renovation project reach out to us to make the most out of your home selling journey.