Even in a sellers’ market, strategic home decor updates can have a powerful effect on your home’s “buyer appeal.” Choosing smart home decor updates can increase the perceived value of your home among potential buyers. Houses that look newer, well-maintained, clean, and more or less “turn-key” generate more demand and sell more quickly (often, for more money).
The secret is knowing what to spend your time and money on, and where you’re better off holding back. Most homeowners don’t have the budget for a full-scale renovation. So what are some of the most effective home decor updates a homeowner can make to prepare a property for sale?
1. Deep Clean
It may sound obvious that a clean home is an easier sell. Sadly, though, I can tell you from personal experience that many homeowners miss this crucial step.
3. Update Bedding
Sweet Home Collection 7 Piece Bed-in-A-Bag, QUEEN
Sweet Home Collection 7 Piece Bed-in-A-Bag, KING
4. Purchase New Shades for Old Lamps
Lamps can completely transform the vibe of a bedroom. In many cases, simply switching out the lampshade can instantly update (or age) the other decor.
Pro tip: When it comes to table lamps, your shade should generally be a third to half the height of the base. The shade width should be double the width of the lamp base. Take a look at a few shades we like:
ALUCSET Double Medium Paper Lamp Shades Set of 2
Wellmet 14″x14″x11″ Lampshade
5. Replace Faucets
WEWE Single Handle High Arc Brushed Nickel Pull Out Kitchen Faucet
PARLOS Swivel Spout 2-Handle Bathroom Faucet
6. New Handles for Cabinets
While we’re on the subject of kitchens and bathrooms, take a minute to evaluate your hardware. A new set of jewelry can work wonders on older cabinets and modernize your look for a fraction of the cost.
Ravinte 30 Pack | 5 Inch Cabinet Pulls
Ravinte 30 Pack 1-1/4 inch Kitchen Cabinet Knobs
7. Recaulk Sinks and Tubs
Silicone Caulking Tools
Sealant, 10.0 oz, Clear, w/Nozzle
8. Update Light Fixtures
Begin by replacing outdated entry lights, dining room chandeliers, and bathroom vanity lights. If there’s still room in the budget, consider swapping out builder-grade flush-mount ceiling lights. We like these:
ZGLAOJT Semi Flush Mount 4 Light Ceiling Light
Aadi 1 – Light 8” Simple Dome Semi Flush Mount
Hegland Dimmable Vanity Light
9. Upgrade to a Digital Thermostat
Not only do analog thermostats look dated, but they could be costing you extra money! Upgrading your device brings you more in line with home buyer expectations and may give you an edge as a seller.
Honeywell TH5110D1006/U Non-Programmable Thermostat, Premier White
Emerson NP110 Non-Programmable Single Stage Thermostat
10. Curb Appeal
Don’t neglect the exterior! After all, it’s the first thing a potential buyer is going to see when they look at your home. Get rid of weeds, trim and prune bushes and trees, and power wash the sidewalk and porch leading up to your front door. Fresh mulch makes a big impact in flower beds, as do colorful flowers! It’s also a good idea to spruce up your front door area as well.
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