Should You Renovate or Redecorate When Updating a Home?

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Are you thinking about selling a home? Are you unsure if you need to renovate or redecorate? Here are five examples of when to do each:

When You Need a Pop of Color

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There’s no need to paint an entire room to achieve a cheery and bright look. Simply add a few colorful touches throughout the room. For example, accent pillows in fun prints and designs can make a dull room pop. Adding other soft, luxurious accessories like throws can also make the room more colorful and inviting. Remember, you don’t have to stick to one color, either. Mixing and matching multiple colors and prints is trendy right now.

Painting is still an option, only rather than painting an entire room, consider painting just one wall for your accent color and focal point.

When a Room Feels Dark

When the room feels dark and closed off, the simple solution is to create more natural light. If the home is lacking windows, install some that are both beautiful and energy-efficient. Once the new windows are installed, you can decorate them with custom window treatments from The Shade Store or other trendy window treatment stores. Remember, if going with fabric window coverings, choose light and airy drapes to make the most out of the new source of natural light.

When a Kitchen is Out of Date

You don’t need to do an entire kitchen renovation to breathe new life into an outdated space. For old cabinetry, the experts at This Old House recommend sprucing up the cabinets with a fresh coat of paint. With a little handiwork, sanding, painting, and changing old handles to something new and fresh, you can transform an out-of-date kitchen.

However, you should only repaint if the cabinets are structurally sound. If they are beyond repair, you’ll have to take them out and replace the old with new cabinetry.

Adding other new touches to the kitchen like a wallpaper backsplash, instead of a traditional backsplash, can give the space a makeover without the cost of purchasing expensive materials. The wallpaper retailer Graham and Brown offers hundreds of styles and prints that can work in any type of kitchen. These designs will give you great ideas while shopping around. The retailer also offers specialty wallpapers that are water-resistant, which is a great option for kitchens.

When the Home Lacks Curb Appeal

The outside of the home is the first thing prospective buyers see. Make a good first impression with a yard and entry that is manicured and inviting. Zillow suggests trimming the trees and shrubs around the home and also recommends using potted plants to add color to the exterior of the home. If the house could use more color, paint the front door a bold shade, like red or green, to make a statement.

When the Carpet is Stained and Worn

Carpets that are stained, dingy and stinky must go. If the carpet in the home has seen better days, rip it up and install hardwood floors. According to HGTV, hardwood floors are at the top of the want list for prospective buyers. And, a study from The National Association of Realtors and USA Today found that 54 percent of buyers are willing to pay more for wood floors.

For homeowners who may be on a tight budget, Realtor.com suggests using laminate flooring instead of hardwood, which provides the same type of look for much less.

Whatever changes you decide to make, be sure they fit your budget and help increase the appeal of your home for a new homebuyer.

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