Whether you are planning to sell your home in the near future or the idea is a faint possibility down the road, it’s never too early to start thinking about small changes you can make around the house to increase its resale value when the time comes to move. In part two of our blog series with our friends at Zillow, they share the perfect tips to help you prepare in advance for your move.



Guest post by Jennifer Riner of Zillow

Upgrading your home can provide you with a more comfortable, aesthetically pleasing place to live and increase your home’s worth simultaneously. Even if you’re not ready to move right away, making minor upgrades may be worth the work in the long run, especially if you stick to neutral designs that target the widest range of buyers down the road.

To increase property resale values, consider revamping your abode in the following ways:

Swap out your hardware

Completely renovating kitchens and bathrooms is costly and time-consuming, but simply changing the hardware can be a quick, big-impact design fix. Builder-grade cabinets lacking hardware appear customized when outfitted with pulls and knobs to match existing color schemes. If your kitchen or bathroom is neutral, incorporate hardware with vintage flair or unique hand-painted designs to add just a small splash of color. For a more rustic look, opt for cast iron or rubbed oil knobs. Alternatively, elongated stainless steel or brass bar pulls accompany modern kitchens seamlessly, but require regular cleaning since fingerprints show more easily on shiny surfaces.

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Invest in new lighting

Even the most well-appointed homes show poorly under fluorescent bulbs. Opt for LED lights that are more energy-efficient and easier on your monthly utility budget. Then, use at least three different sources of light for each room designated for a redesign: one as an overhead or pendant light, one as a specific or task light and one as an ambient light. Get creative with ambient light – use sconces with dimmers, candles or indoor string lights.

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Boost your curb appeal

Redesigns aren’t limited to home interiors. Try refreshing the exterior of your home just in time for spring by planting fresh flowers, cleaning out your gutters and washing dirty windows to let in additional natural light. If you lack the ground space for flowers or live in a condominium with only a balcony, use decorative planters as an alternative, but make sure to purchase plants and flowers designated for container gardening. If you lack outdoor space completely, indoor plants bring life into your home to mimic the feel of alfresco living – without the upkeep of a single-family property.

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Repaint interiors

Fresh paint is an inexpensive way to completely shift the mood of a room, but be careful with how drastically you want to alter the feel of your space. While boring tan walls might make homeowners crave a radical change, selecting purple hues could deter potential buyers. Instead, use more modern neutrals like greige, a mixture of light grey and beige, and then showcase your unique style in smaller spaces such as bathrooms and offices, where pops of color are more appreciated and less overwhelming.


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Go neutral with décor

As is with paint, adhering to neutral décor is pertinent to attract the broadest range of potential house hunters and boost the resale value of your home. Nautical themes are cute for beach houses, but definitely won’t attract people searching homes for sale in Houston as much as they would on the East Coast.

To be safe, avoid investing in anything too trendy that might go out of style in a year or two, as seen with chevron patterns and accent walls, and stick with simple designs you’ll enjoy in the meantime. When done correctly, small design changes often create stunning spaces without breaking the budget or causing major stress.bedroom interior design

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Remember that creating a better-looking home isn’t just important for current owners. If you’re getting ready to list, don’t forget about staging and taking high-quality photos to let your upgrades shine. That’s when you can see your seemingly small design strategies positively affecting the resale value on your home.



Laura U

Laura Umansky is a story-teller at heart. Her unique perspective and tailored design process empower her to create singular interiors for clients all over the world.

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