Quick Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home Like Joanna Gaines
If you’re hoping to sell your home, you’ve probably been binge-watching home improvement shows like Fixer-Upper. These shows make giving a home a facelift look like a quick weekend project.
While it may not always be as easy as it looks on TV, we’ve rounded up a few ideas to help you increase the value of your home without doing major home renovations. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to channel your inner Joanna Gaines.
Any realtor, home staging expert or renovation show will tell you that decluttering your home is one of the most important things you can do to help it sell. You’ll instantly add value just by decluttering. Take everything that isn’t a necessity or a decor item off your counters, tables, dressers and other surfaces and see the full potential of your home.
In addition to decluttering, you should also purge items you no longer need. You can section off piles to donate or stuff to toss out. You want to make your home appear as big as possible. By clearing out unused items, the true storage capacity of your house is revealed.
Paint Your Walls White
When you think of Joanna Gaines, you probably think of white. White walls, white cabinets, white everywhere. She uses this color because white is neutral and bright. If you have a ton of mismatched bright and dark colors all over your home, the color scheme is less likely to appeal to buyers.
Think of curb appeal as a first impression. Any home featured on Fixer-Upper gets a facelift in the front because it’s the first thing buyers see when they come to your home. Upgrade your curb appeal, and buyers will be more likely to both look at your house and make an offer.
Liven Up Your Entryway
You can learn a lot from the entryway of a home. If a person walks in and sees clutter, mail and old gym shoes, they’ll have difficulty seeing how they can make the home their own. They definitely won’t be thinking your home is worth top dollar.
Upgrade Your Lighting
If your home has a bunch of old, outdated light fixtures, upgrading your lighting can be an inexpensive way to increase the value of the home. It will give your home a bright new look, which is especially important for kitchen and dining areas.
Update Your Fixtures
Lights aren’t the only fixtures you can update. If you don’t have the budget to do a major remodel, you can still upgrade faucets, cabinet pulls, doorknobs and other fixtures. These little details don’t require knocking down any walls, but they do add value to your home.
You probably can’t say shiplap without thinking of Joanna Gaines. Shiplap is essentially large planks of wood affixed to a wall. Although you can leave it natural or paint it any color you can imagine, channeling your inner Fixer-Upper means you’ll probably want to paint it white.
If you don’t have a ton of money to spend on expensive remodeling projects, save money by changing out inexpensive accessory items. Think of all the little details Joanna Gaines puts into a home. Think throw pillows, rugs, decor and bedding. A cute blanket or updated mirror can also give your home a trendy new vibe.
Update Your Window Treatments
Windows are one of the biggest selling features in a home. If you have outdated window treatments and blinds, give your windows a refresh by upgrading them to something new and stylish for added value.
Open Up Living Spaces
If you do have a small budget for a remodeling project, knocking out a wall is a good use for it. It’s especially important to open up the main living areas. Small, closed-off spaces may decrease the appeal of your home to some buyers.
Give Your Bathroom a Refresh
Bathrooms and kitchens sell homes. Any money you can spend in the bathrooms of your home will likely give you a good return on your investment. You can work with a small budget and just refresh your vanity or take on a larger project like changing out the tile in the shower.
Stage Your Home
If you really want to imagine you're selling a home like Joanna Gaines, staging is where it’s at. If you have outdated or mismatched furniture, or if you have unique uses for rooms in your house, staging — arranging furniture strategically — can add value to your home.
If you’re working with limited funds, gutting your kitchen isn't in the cards. Instead of tearing out cabinets, consider painting them or staining them a new color instead. Just by doing this, you can add a ton of value — your kitchen can look completely new for under $1,000.
Update Your Backsplash
The backsplash in a kitchen or bathroom can be easily overlooked, yet it can make a difference in a kitchen’s appearance. If you want to change the look of your bathroom or kitchen without a gut remodel, changing the backsplash can help it feel fresh again.
Add a Barn Door
When it comes to farmhouse flair, Joanna Gaines is the queen. A barn door is a quick and inexpensive way to add a functional focal point to a room. If you have sliding or pocket doors in a room, replacing it with a barn door can add unique flavor.
Revamp the Fireplace
A fireplace almost always add value to a home. If it’s outdated, ugly, or broken, however, it can hurt your house’s value. If you have room in your budget, spend a little money to revamp your fireplace. This valuable asset in your home deserves a little love.
Get Rid of Dead Plants
Nothing turns off buyers like dead plants. A front- or backyard full of dead plants, weeds and overgrown trees, makes it look like you don’t take pride in your home. By simply removing dead plants, trimming hedges and raking leaves, you’ll give your yard a cleaner appearance.
Create an Outdoor Living Area
Outdoor living spaces are huge money makers in homes. A little space outside can increase the value of even a tiny property. Whether you have a two-seat balcony or acres of property, don’t forget your outdoor spaces.
Hide Your Toys
When you want to sell your home for top dollar, you need to make it look as polished and put together as possible. If you’re likely selling to another family with kids, there’s no need to hide all evidence that children live there. However, you do want to hide toys to avoid a cluttered feeling.
Fix Stuff That Is Broken
If you’ve been staring at a cracked light switch for months, now is the time to fix it. Small broken fixtures, cracked tiles, or burned-out lights may give buyers the sense that your home isn’t well-maintained. These little details can stand out and cost you money at closing time.
Put Out New Bath Towels
There’s something about new fluffy bath towels that can make a home so much more appealing. Old, smelly towels hanging on drying racks during a showing look sloppy and can detract from the quality of your bathroom. Tidy up and spend a little money on some new towels.
Make an Accent Wall
An accent wall painted or textured differently to act as a design element. An accent wall can be a great way to highlight an architectural detail or feature.
Add Window Boxes
Joanna Gaines can take an ugly facade and incorporate beautiful window boxes to up a home’s curb appeal. By adding window boxes to the front of your house, you too can instantly add a focal point and some greenery to your home.
Bring in Some Plants
When it comes to greenery, don’t stop at outdoor spaces. Bring some life into your home with indoor plants. They can liven up dreary spaces, form connections to the outside world and make a home feel cared for.
Update Your Bedroom
Even if you don’t have a master suite, you can make your master bedroom feel like a luxurious hotel spa. Potential buyers want to envision themselves in your home, so paint them a pretty picture by revamping your bedroom.
Create a Guest Bedroom
Whether you have a guest bedroom or not, you can create a space that can function as a guest area if need be. A lot of potential buyers look for extra space for family and friends. If you have an unused room, stage it as a guest room so people can see the potential.
Don’t Forget the Laundry Room
The laundry room is an often-overlooked space. Laundry's no fun, so it's probably the last place you want to be. However, it does see a lot of action, and if you have one, it can be a valuable asset. Plus, those mystery powders Joanna Gaines always puts in jars just look adorable.
Make the Personal Universal
We all have photos and little personal trinkets in our homes. While these mean a lot to you, a potential buyer may just see clutter. When it comes to collections, photos and other personal items, less is more.
De-Pet Your Home
While pets are part of the family, not all potential buyers may share your affinity. When you’re placing a house on the market, stay on top of cleaning pet hair and pet odors to avoid scaring off the pet averse. Consider also giving Fido a cute new set of dog bowls or bed you can take with you when you move to entice other dog owners at the same time.