For many people, buying a home is one of the most significant investments one can make. There are so many factors that go into the decision, both financial and personal. Dwelling seekers take each amenity, attribute, and aspect into careful consideration, applying value to every checkbox. Homeowners have a unique opportunity when renovating their space with the goal of resale in mind. Often it’s a choice between where to save and where to spend to maximize the return on your investment. For Dwayne, it’s a special recipe of aesthetics, practicality, and moments that delight that truly get the most bang for their buck. As a designer, Dwayne is often asked to make these judgement calls. Some require more work, time, and cost than others, but as always, he believes you never have to sacrifice style even when designing as an investment.
When renovating or redecorating with the intention of selling a home, designers, stagers, and homeowners alike can use these useful tricks to make the most out of their value-enhancing updates. Tips we’ve shared throughout our Your 4 Walls series for turning your home into a spa-like retreat or 5-star hotel experience are ideal for increasing buyer appeal on a limited budget. Swap mix-matched towels and bathmats for fluffy white ones, place a throw blanket and breakfast tray on a bed, and place candles throughout the home to achieve the luxury feel. Another pro tip is to clear countertops, shelves, and floors of any unnecessary clutter and organize your things in every space into coordinating bins, baskets or cannisters. For an instant upgrade that makes a big difference, add fresh flowers to any space which immediately make a house a home.
Making more long-term, expensive investments in your home can seem like a daunting task, but Dwayne knows which elements homeowners are looking for and therefore which will end up paying for themselves in resale value. There are the obvious choices like hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, and additional bathrooms that will always be sure bets. However, today’s buyers are looking for wow factors like an outdoor oasis as an extension of their living space, thoughtfully designed storage solutions for dream pantries and closets, Smart Home technology integration, and custom-built high functioning kitchens, bathrooms and even laundry rooms. Consider investing your renovation dollars into these areas for maximum return. We’ve all been tempted to splurge on expensive finishes, customized light fixtures, higher end materials such as marble over equally beautiful yet more affordable porcelain, or installing an impressive but superfluous built-in espresso machine. However, if the end goal is resale, it’s important to know those highly personal big ticket spends won’t be the potential buyer’s deciding factor.
Pro tip: If you, like many families, plan to age in place, consider solutions that will outlast trends, and go beyond functionality to be as practical as possible. Fewer, lower steps, wide doorways and pathways through the home, and walk in showers are just a few long-term investments you’ll be grateful for down the road.
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