Buy and fixing up houses for resale seems easy enough, but you need to focus on strategies that offer maximum value. Here are five best practices for upgrading your house to revive your home’s splendor and increase its market value.
New Paint Job
Don’t underestimate the power of a good paint job. This is a basic yet really effective method for upgrading your house. Before making any changes, take a good look at your home. Is the paint on the walls scraping? Is the furniture chipped, scratched, or barren? Do the tiles look old and dull? If you answer yes to any one of the questions, then this step is crucial for you. Believe it or not, a new paint coat can do wonders for your home. You can experiment with a few colors and see what looks best or choose a new theme in line with today’s trends.
Pro-tip: Use high-gloss paint for furniture and tiles. This’ll restore your furniture and floor to their former ‘shine’ level, making them look completely brand new.
Increase Curb Appeal
Working on curb appeal is another way to significantly increase the value of your home. A few things you can do to immediately enhance curb appeal is by trimming your shrubs and adding planters. Other tasteful pieces like a front porch light and rustic décor with ornate detailing can be mounted too. You can also improve your walkway by creating flat flagstone steps that lead to your entry door.
Pro-tip: Opt for wrought iron front doors. It’s a great way to draw attention to the entrance and creating a stunning design that catches the eye. This style of door exudes a luxurious yet homely feeling and really pulls the whole entrance together.
Make the House Look Larger
Making the house look larger is another great way to flip your house, and you can achieve this through several means. One basic technique is to use light colors for small rooms. They remove the cramped, congested feeling of dark rooms and instead make the place appear larger than it really is. White, baby blues, and pastels are the go-to options, but you can also play around with colors to create interesting perspectives.
However, many homeowners may not want to change their color palette. In this case, you can focus more on lighting. For example, having expansive windows and floor-length curtains gives the impression of a larger room. Mirrors that face each other also create that effect. If you have a window in the room, then rely on natural light and mount a single mirror opposite it.
Pro-tip: Use metal room dividers with glass. A major problem with mounting walls is that they make the house look smaller. Metal room dividers are a great way to prevent this while also maintaining the privacy you need. They allow you to create personal nooks and help you define space, giving the illusion of more square footage.
Design an Outdoor Room
Outdoor spaces can significantly increase the value of your home. Not to mention, if done right, they become a much-loved gathering spot for adults and kids. If you prefer a closed area, then
you can use black metal room dividers to create an extension outside the house. This way, you get a view of the sky and greenery around you while enjoying the comforts of being inside. However, if you envision your room to be more open, then a pergola, umbrella, or overhead trellis can be added to your patio as a shade. Below it you can add a table set and comfy couches for everyone to relax or dine alfresco style.
Pro-tip: Use a French-style door as your access point. Nothing looks more tasteful than glass iron doors leading onto the patio. They’re great for catching some sun, really brighten up the house and give you a splendid view of the backyard.
Create a Statement Wall
Statement walls—also known as feature walls—are still very much in style and a great way to liven up the room. The best part is you don’t have to break your wallet and adorn it with the most expensive décor to achieve that look. There are several design ideas to choose from that fall right under your budget. Hanging mirrors, painting murals or adding shelves are other great ways to spice up that bare wall.
Pro-tip: If you’re looking for something more simple and cost-effective then you can opt for an accent wall. The idea is to keep three sides of the room the same one-toned color while one wall is covered in a unique wallpaper or paint design.
About the Author
Sarah is an interior design expert who routinely collaborates with the renowned door design and manufacturing company, Pinky’s Iron Doors. The company offers a wide selection of iron and steel door products, including iron exterior doors, iron glass doors, black steel doors, pocket doors, iron patio doors, steel patio doors, and custom iron doors.
Sarah enjoys attending different design conventions and forums to stay in tune with the latest design trends and to find inspiration for her structural design services. She also enjoys writing about how varying architectural houses reflect homeowners’ personalities and aesthetic styles.
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