Sunday, July 7, 2019

A Quick Review of Unique Ways to Add Value to Your Home

Unique Ways to Add Value to Your Home

If you're a fan of extreme home décor, you'll want to take a look at the professional designs featured below. There's a link to each in points 1, 2 and 3.

You can hire a decorator or use these designs to inspire your DIY side. Visit each of the three featured professional designs to view the architecture, color combinations and accessories.

1. Professionally Designed Baby Rooms with a Nautical Theme

If you love the crisp, fresh and airy feel of nautical décor, you'll appreciate these four creative designs. One features a boat shaped crib, while the others utilize the walls and floors for the greatest impact. The fourth baby room has a partial seafoam colored wall and soft rustic wood floors. It's my favorite. The space is open, airy and cheerful. The few pops of color use carefully positioned accessories. Check out the baby room designs here.

2. Design an Indoor Playhouse Using the Area Under a Staircase

Whether the staircase is on the main or lower level, that unused area can serve a purpose. Some of the playhouse designs featured at the link below are over-the-top, but they make an excellent addition to the higher use and value of the home itself. If you're lucky enough to know a handy person, use these ideas to inspire your own unique under-the-stairs design. If a playroom isn't practical, design the area for storage, a closet, or a pet house.  Check out the staircase playhouse designs here.

3. Add a Dog Washing/Cleaning Station to Your Home

This particular design will require a renovation. If you're planning to make structural changes to your home consider a dog washing or cleaning station. Some of the designs are extremely elaborate while others are as easy as removing the laundry sink and replacing it with a walk-in or walk-up mini shower. A dog washing station, which also serves other purposes, will add value to your home and best of all is a perk most houses don't have. You'll separate yourself from the crowd with this particular addition. Take a look at several pet washing stations here.

Features in a Home that Buyers Prefer

Home Buyer Must Haves
The above suggestions qualify as perks. Adding any one of them can help to generate a quicker and/or higher price.

Most sellers understand a home must be prepped for sale with neutral color tones. However, neutral doesn't mean lacking in texture and distinctive elements. To secure the undivided attention of a potential buyer, don't hesitate to add textured walls, wainscoting, unique storage ideas, feature walls, or, money permitting, some of the above perks.

If you're renovating before selling, Extraspace.com lists 15 features buyers prefer.

You're more than likely familiar with most of their suggestions; hardwood floors, open concepts, modern kitchens and finished basements.

However, they mention a few less standard ideas such as a full bathroom on the main level and flexible rooms (rooms left to the discretion of the buyer). A full bathroom on the main level is a tremendous idea especially in combination with a main floor guest room. With an aging population and multi-family living, a home with this feature can appeal to several demographics.

Your home is your sanctuary until you decide to sell. You can always change the colors, but it's difficult to change the layout. When renovating, think ahead and renovate wisely.








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18 comments:

  1. If I could make one immediate upgrade to my home, it would be to add a pet washing station. It would make such a difference in terms of being able to more easily bathe my disabled dog, Finn. I would create a duo laundry room and dog "spa." Thanks for all of the tips and ideas.

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    1. Even though we don't currently have a pet, I have to agree, that would be the first renovation I'd make as well

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  2. Very clever home decor and home upgrade ideas. I especially like the nautical baby rooms. Wish I'd thought of a nautical theme for my first born when I lived in Florida near the coast. How perfect would that have been?
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    1. Pat the fourth one on that nautical baby décor page is my fave - what a view that little one would have standing in his or her crib

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  3. Barbara, these are some excellent ideas. My grandmother's home had a playhouse for the grandkids under the stairs. I plan on doing the same someday. It is a great idea.

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    1. Wow, your grandmother was ahead of her time! That had to be so much fun

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  4. I always enjoy your fabulous home decor suggestions! I would love to have the dog washing station and the playhouse under the staircase. I don't think I could easily pull off the dog washing station, but I might be able to convert our coat closet to an awesome playroom for me and my computer.

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    1. So many things we can do with a closet - remove the doors, add built-ins, maybe a desk, or a bench that opens for shoes if it's not meant to be an office - I'd love to modify my front closet to make it a sitting bench storage area

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  5. As always, Barbara, your expertise in real estate and home decor infuse your tips with value to any homeowner!

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    1. Thanks Margaret, can't get away from real estate, it's always pulling me back in lol - now my son has his license so it's going to be a forever thing in this family

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  6. I'd love a waist high dog washing station, with a ramp! Wonder if I can fit that in the dream "tiny house" :)

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    1. would be creative design to be able to fit one in, I'll bet you could

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  7. A dog washing station with a ramp would be fantastic for any dog lover! what a luxury that would be!

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    1. Joan, have to agree. I also feel it's an excellent way to add value to a home.

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  8. So many great ideas here Barbara! If I ever decide to sell my home, I will have to check this review out and make some of the changes to bump up the appeal. Thanks for putting this together for me and all my friends.

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    1. Olivia, it's a culmination of the small things (along with the big things) that make all the difference

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