When it comes to design in your home, it’s always good to keep resale value in mind. After all, if the time comes when you’d like to sell, your design and décor can make a big impression on potential buyers, and not necessarily in a good way! We spoke with designer and ReeceNichols agent Rebekah Schaaf, who has been interviewed in publications like Apartment Therapy, to get her recommendations.
INCLUDE KEY ELEMENTS THAT MOST BUYERS DESIRE
Most buyers don’t want a cookie cutter look to their house and end up mixing different styles together such as traditional with coastal elements or mountain modern with transitional finishes that don’t force a buyer to one style. Having some eclectic furniture and not sticking to one style makes a home feel more versatile and appealing to more people. Always keep in mind that trends come and go and designing a home that is “trendy” may only appeal to a smaller number of buyers when you decide to sell, so a safe bet is to include key elements in a home and style that most buyers desire. Those features include open floorplans, lots of windows and natural light, generous gathering spaces such as kitchens with large islands and eating areas as well as outside entertainment areas for unwinding and relaxing.
PRIORITIZE CURB APPEAL, BUT MAKE IT COST EFFECTIVE
Curb appeal is always very important to a buyer and one of the first things they see when they drive by a home. There are several things you can do to enhance curb appeal that won’t break the bank, like, adding new mulch, painting your front door, planting beautiful containers of flowers and making sure your landscape beds are nicely manicured. Those things can go a long way in making the exterior look nice but are not cost prohibitive, so you can focus your money on the inside of the home where you will get the most return on your investment.
A FULL KITCHEN REMODEL ISN’T NECESSARY IF YOU PRIORITIZE THE RIGHT THINGS
The most important items to prioritize in a kitchen without a full-blown remodel are cabinet color, countertops, hardware, backsplash and appliances. You can also add simple touches to older kitchens by adding inexpensive pull out drawers within cabinets or creating more organized spaces within a pantry or cabinet. Adding floating shelves to display nice dishes or glassware where you might have an unused built in desk or wine rack is also a great way to add more functional space and gives a feeling of a more updated kitchen.
STICK TO NEUTRAL PAINT COLORS
Consistency in wall color is key when selling a home, however having a pop in color in a bathroom or dining room is always acceptable. For a space that can be viewed from multiple rooms, try to stick with navy for a pop of color. For a space where you want more of a relaxing feel, like a bathroom, try a softer blue. In rooms where you spend a lot of time, like kitchens and living rooms, opt for more neutral whites, creams, or a soft grey. That way you can infuse your color in the room with either pillows, throws, accessories or even a fun tile on a fireplace that you can change out easily if you get tired of it. It’s typically good to avoid strong, bold colors in highly visible spaces because that restricts you to decorate to accommodate a specific, bold color.
Photography by Wayne Sclesky; Staging by Kathy West