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2020 Home Design Trends Wrapped

The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on how we live our day to day lives. And one place where we can see a lot of the change happening for ourselves is within our home. From the way we work, to the way we exercise, to the way we recreate. Our homes have had to adapt in ways that we never thought possible resulting in some pretty unique trends in design and functionality both inside and out. That’s why we’ve reached out to the experts in home trends from Dallas to Sacramento to help our readers reflect on some of the best and worst design trends of the year. So sit back and enjoy 2020 design trends wrapped.

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PIP concrete with wood boarding applied during the curing process adds texture and interest to a rudimentary/industrial building material, and adds a unique custom detail to the space. – Citron Design Group

Cane furniture

Why? Because sustainability is important – especially at home. Not to mention the look of cane furniture and accents provides an element of a tropical oasis and who doesn’t want to feel like they are on vacation while at home. It’s also a very durable product and can be done in a variety of ways making it accessible to many different types of people. – Styled Out West

Dual Master Suites

One trend we are seeing more and more of is the dual master suite which is located both on the first floor and second floor, giving the home the type of versatility buyers crave. With so many first-floor bedroom master suites being built, it was clear that builders were targeting the type of buyer who wouldn’t want to walk up the stairs. This became a problem for a lot of buyers who didn’t want their master on the first floor. Builders began introducing the Dual Master Suite ensuring that no matter the buyer’s preference they had the opportunity to choose which Master Suite they wanted to use. – Raleigh Realty

Biophilia

A holistic design approach that promotes wellness and sustainability.  This trend focuses on the human connection to nature and features elements of the natural world into built spaces.  Greenery, water, light and natural local materials can be used to bring this trend to life.  This design aesthetic can be used to reduce stress, expedite healing and improve cognitive function – areas of much need as we move forward! – Kingdom Construction & Remodel

Multi-functional outdoor spaces

Multi-functional outdoor living spaces are becoming a popular design staple in homes across the globe. More homeowners recognize that the spaces they live in do not need to be restricted to the walls surrounding them. Creating an outdoor living space provides a change of scenery while bringing the comfort of an indoor setting right to your backyard.  Outdoor living spaces allow you the freedom to be creative in setting the scene for the ideal atmosphere that suits your lifestyle. Enjoy preparing family meals on the outdoor grill, get lost in a good book in your reading nook, or set a serene space for meditation and yoga. – New Homes Directory

Unique “eye-catching” elements

2020 was a year we found ourselves spending a lot more time at home staring at our four walls. Maybe that’s why most new design trends helped end the grey on grey color palette that’s been so popular for the past decade. Adding unique elements to a space helps reflect the homeowner’s personality, and we embrace these interesting new trends. Wallpaper is now able to be printed on a variety of materials creating an endless variety of patterns and textures, florals being dominant in 2020. Tactile accessories stimulate multiple senses: bold patterned pillows in plush fabric, art pieces in soothing mixed metals, light fixtures with glittery crystals, and faux fur throws for a luxurious wrap, were just some of our favorites. – Annie Santulli Designs

Extra storage space

COVID has made all of us appreciate being home and thus there is more cooking and exercising at home. More cooking means more small appliances and more need for food. This in turn leads to a big need for storage solutions. Storage not just for food but for dumbbells and any workout equipment purchased to make way for homer workouts.

2021 is going to see a surge in requests to find ways to better store and put away our new tools and equipment so our spaces feel more fluid and multi-functional for our needs. – SeaCoast Construction

Natural wood finishes and darker tones

Two of the biggest design trends we saw gaining momentum in Los Angeles in 2020 were black exterior houses and natural wood cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms. We have to say, we love both and expect to see both a lot more in 2021. The black exterior paint instantly makes an older home more modern and it really stands out! We also really love the light-colored wood cabinets versus painted cabinets as we have seen the paint chips and don’t hold up as well for re-sale. – Doug & Ashley, Redesign Residential 

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Coffee-stained wood tones, matte black finishes, and metals are emerging as the next big trend in kitchens. We’ll begin to see wood finishes on islands and cabinet boxes framing contrasting door faces, blurring the line between distinct combination looks. Cabinet doors and entire cabinets will also emerge in dark, matte metal and become huge in the kitchen. A warm crafted feel will be dominant in this modern Scandinavian look. Expect to see more aluminum, stainless steel, and matte black metal. – LuxePros

Smart Furniture

One of the notable trends we saw in 2020 was the adoption of ‘smart’ furniture; items with integrated technology and features. With the pandemic driving a huge increase in home working, this was especially true for home office desks. Helpful features such as wireless phone charging and integrated Bluetooth technology to connect devices all helped to bring the home office into the 21st century, making working from home easier than ever. We predict this trend will become mainstream as the shift from office to home working continues into 2021 and beyond. – Wooden Furniture Store

Integrated hardware

2020 has become a year of home. People had to spend a lot of time at home which resulted in a significant increase of attention to home interior. Staying at home helped people to notice a lot of things they would never see in the rush of a “normal” home-to-office routine. The main change is related to the free space we have (or haven’t) in our homes. Integrated hardware, as one of the examples, helps to remove unnecessary elements and allow this space for humans, not items. The integrated kitchen is an obvious trend in 2020. – Planner 5D

Sustainability

2020 was really a year of sustainability and respect for nature, Interior design trends have followed the same theme and it will continue to gain momentum in 2021. Things like minimalism in design, clean straight line finishes, wooden textures & furniture and design that enhances our connection with nature and the earth will be in vogue in the new year. – The Studio Bangalore

Functional spaces

2020 saw our homes increasingly become part of our professional space, whilst simultaneously also supporting our emotional need to unwind and relax. We saw a significant increase in multifunctional spaces that support working from home, and also noted an upturn in highly considered home cinemas. The spaces that we used to occupy outside of our home now need to form part of our homes. With this renewed focus upon in-home diversification, we predict that 2021 will see a return of more contrasting zones including formal dining rooms. 2021 will see open plan spaces giving way to multifunctional, and multi-zonal living which allows us to create alternative moods for different in-home experiences. – Rachel Usher Interior Design

Being at home through most of 2020 has confronted everyone with the reality of how the function of their space (or more often, don’t function) for themselves, their family, and/or their lifestyle. I think what’s OUT for 2020 is designing spaces with aesthetics as the primary concern. What’s IN for 2021 (and hopefully forevermore) is designing spaces from a humanistic perspective that puts an emphasis on user experiences like excellent space planning and appropriate material selections for ease of maintenance, and allowing the design to take shape ergonomically in a way that also highlights the client’s aesthetic tastes. – Shana Cunningham Designs

As we transition out of 2020 into 2021, multifunctional spaces will continue to be a trend. However, I would not recommend placing a television above a fireplace in order to save space and transform your living room.  Not only is it a neck bender, but a television is also a distraction from such a charming focal point and defeats the relaxing and soothing effects a fireplace offers. A fireplace provides the intimate, warm, and friendly experience we all are craving in these unprecedented times. – Romanza Interior Design

Charcoal gray tones

In 2020, we saw charcoal gray become a popular paint color for home interior use. It’s an unexpected neutral that makes a stronger statement than the usual beiges and whites, and in addition to practicality–it hides stray scuffs and marks!—it serves as an elegant backdrop for gold or brass, pops of color, or lighter neutrals. For the coming year, we foresee globally-inspired decor becoming a major trend. As people get excited to plan travel again after the pandemic, they’ll be similarly moved to decorate their homes in the styles of far-flung locales—and that fresh coat of charcoal gray paint will serve as the perfect backdrop! – Blissful Interior Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 House Features Oregon Homebuyers Want Most

Homebuyers often find themselves on the hunt for certain trends in their future dream home even before touring a house. Whether that’s a covered deck in Dallas, Texas or french doors in Los Angeles, California, you may be wondering what the most popular home features are in your state.

For current and future home sellers in Oregon, popular house features are likely to draw in more potential buyers and increase resale value. So, if home improvement is on your list this year, check out 5 of the most popular home trends in Oregon you should consider adding to your list. 

The top 5 house features for Oregon homebuyers

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1) Walk-in closet

With lots of spacious room to hang and store your clothes, it’s no wonder Oregon’s most popular home trend is a walk-in closet. Homes with walk-in closets have an average list price of $519,000. Maybe you’ve always dreamt of turning one of your spare rooms into a walk-in closet or converting part of your main bedroom into a space to store your belongings. Call your local remodeling company to see about upgrading one of your spaces to stand out with potential homebuyers. 

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2) Double pane windows

With a varied climate, it’s only fitting that double pane windows are popular with Oregon homebuyers. Compared to their single pane counterparts, double pane windows will keep you and your home more insulated from the weather outside. These windows provide insulation, while also making your home more energy efficient. Only 14.8% of current homes for sale have this feature, so your home will definitely stand out from the competition with double pane windows.

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3) Central air conditioning or air conditioning unit

Unless you’re living in a region of Oregon that’s cold year-round, chances are you’ve wished for air conditioning during the summers, especially if your home doesn’t have an AC unit. Having central air conditioning in your Oregon home yields an average list price of $510,000, making it one of the most popular house features that appeal to buyers. So consider making this summer the year you call your local HVAC team to decide on the right AC unit for your home.

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4) Hardwood, ceramic, or laminate floors

With all the types of flooring out there it may seem as though the options are endless. Whether you’re selling a house in Bend or Portland, OR, hardwood, ceramic, and laminate floors are some of the most popular house features. Not only will these flooring types bring style to your home, they’ll also appeal to future buyers, as only 13.3% of homes currently for sale have these features. So, if you’re thinking about upgrading your floors, now might be the time to check out your local flooring companies.

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5) Two stories and high ceilings

Whether that’s having a 2-story home or high ceilings to make any room feel expansive, Oregonians are all about space. Only roughly 11% of homes currently for sale have these house features, so this may be the right home improvement project to add to your list this year. If you’re thinking about adding more space to your home, contact your local remodeling company or a general contractor. They’ll know if creating high ceilings or an addition to your home is possible. 

*Per home listing data on Redfin.com, as of January 2021. 

Individual results may vary. This is not intended as a substitute for the services of a licensed real estate agent, or licensed and bonded home services professional or appraiser.

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Smart Living: The Latest Smart Home Tech to Add to Your Home

Living in a smart house used to only exist in sci-fi movies. Fast forward to today and connected homes and smart gadgets are quickly becoming the norm. Smart home tech has transformed every aspect of home life, from security and basic kitchen tasks to how a house is built. It’s making our lives more comfortable, economical, convenient, and safe.

If you haven’t upgraded your home with the latest tech there are many ways to start. If your needs are relatively simple, there are affordable options that can bring about convenience, however, if you want to go all out you can create a fully connected and modern space. So, check out the latest top smart home tech products that you can add to your home today.

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Voice Technology

Voice assistants

“Hey Alexa, play my workout playlist.” While voice assistants have been around since the early 2010s, it has taken us a while to get comfortable talking to devices. Today’s most popular commands include asking voice assistants to play music, answer a question, turn on the lights, provide the weather, and set reminders, alarms, and timers. As artificial intelligence (AI) advances, virtual assistants will become more personalized towards individuals. New features such as voice detection can recognize who is talking and create a unique, tailored experience, like calling you by a nickname or providing music recommendations that fit your style. 

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Home Security 

Video doorbells, cameras, and alarm systems 

We have all heard stories about porch pirates stealing packages. One of the biggest smart home tech trends is investing in video doorbells, security cameras, and alarm systems. Grouped together, a standardized smart home security system may be one of the best investments you can make to protect your family and your home. Video doorbells and home security cameras now have live views and voice capabilities that allow users to see and speak to people at the door from virtually anywhere. Motion sensors can detect and record activity that can trigger an alarm, phone notification, and alert authorities. Installing these can provide that added sense of security knowing that your home is being monitored 24/7. 

Fingerprint and facial recognition door locks

Installing fingerprint or facial recognition locks can change your life, especially if you always misplace your spare key. Biometric technology and Bluetooth have already made their way into phones and tablets, but they are now starting to become more common in door locks. With just a glance or fingerprint scan, a lock can recognize a person by targeting facial features or fingerprint patterns to detect whether they are welcome or not. Not at home or lost your key? This technology can also be synced with a phone app or Bluetooth so that owners can remotely lock and unlock a door at the touch of a button. 

Indoor drones

Imagine your own personal security guard patrolling the halls while you are not at home. While this might not be common today, drone innovation has made strides within the home security space. Unlike traditional video cameras, drones provide better ground activity and can cover more areas. While you are away, automated drone technology will fly inside your home monitoring different rooms and areas. Take it a step further, users can create map paths for the drone to follow.

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Sustainable Smart Home Tech

Solar panels 

Using solar panels for on-site energy generation has become a popular alternative to traditional electricity, especially in cities that get a lot of sun year-round like Miami, FL. Now, architects and designers are finding unique ways to incorporate solar panels into the design of a home, not just on the roof. Solar panels can be used in different ways that can save homeowners hundreds of dollars per month such as heating water, providing energy, and charging electric vehicles. They are also likely to enhance your home’s value, and depending on where you live, you can even earn tax credits and rebates.

Living plant walls

Plants are a fun way to bring color and life into your home. Living walls also known as green walls, can be a great way to style plain backdrops to create a striking focal point in your home. Besides design, living walls serve multiple sustainability purposes. They can be used to improve air quality as a natural air pollutant filter, serve as a noise buffer, and create added insulation during the winter months. Living walls can also be configured to filter out water from sinks, showers, and appliances. Water is redirected to the top of the wall, filters and irrigates plants, and is treated for reuse, creating the ultimate smart home tech piece for the environment. 

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Home Fixtures

Human-centric lighting 

Light bulbs are a great entry-point into smart home tech. Connected to a smart device, lightbulbs can help you look like you are home when on vacation, change colors based on mood, save on energy consumption, and conveniently turn off all the lights with a single voice command. Using smart home lights throughout your house can also drastically upgrade the look and feel of a room or outdoor space. Consider adding smart light bulbs to your kitchen, bedrooms, and even driveway to adjust hue and brightness based on what you might be feeling.

Programmable thermostats 

Many people are not aware of how much a thermostat impacts the household budget. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling costs accounts for half of the average home utility bill. Smart thermostats seek to tackle this problem. Within one week of installation, smart thermostats can learn schedules to modify temperatures based on household activities. They can also track daily and monthly usage to get a sense of where heat and air are being directed to and adjust temperatures accordingly based on the season. 

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In the Kitchen 

Kitchen appliances

For those who love to cook, consider adding smart appliances into your kitchen. Modern-day fridges can take phone calls, link to television, save energy, and provide recipes. However, new fridge tech has not stopped there. If you are out and about at the grocery store and want to check what needs to be replaced, some fridges allow you to access built-in cameras via your smartphone to see what’s inside your fridge no matter where you may be. Smart ovens are also starting to incorporate phone connectivity. People can preheat their oven on the way home, adjust timers remotely, and have notifications sent via text message when food is done cooking.

Kitchen counters and workspaces

Ditch the granite countertops and go with a smart work surface. One of the latest technologies in kitchen countertops includes a sink that can disappear and reappear with a single wave of the hand. Smart home tech also seeks to tackle problems such as food consumption. Kitchen scales are being embedded into the stone that can allow sensors to measure and weigh ingredients. With the data, a mobile app can provide curated recipes with the goal of preparing delicious meals without food waste.

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Spa Bathrooms

Smart showers & chromatherapy bathtubs

The perfect shower concert just got easier. A fun way to spruce up your bathroom time is by installing a Bluetooth speaker showerhead. These speakers easily connect to your phone to blast your favorite tunes while taking a shower. For something more sophisticated, showers are starting to double as steam rooms by trapping vaporous steam to elicit pore opening moisture. If you’re looking to relax after a long day at work, Chromatherapy, or color therapy bathtubs, can help put your mind and body at ease by using colored lights to elicit feelings. 

Touchless toilets and digital bidets

The toilet is one of the most germ-ridden locations in your home. Highly advanced toilets seek to keep things clean and comfortable by integrating features such as self-opening and closing lids, heated seats, deodorizing systems, and temperature-controlled water. For freshening up, digital bidets also can be automated for hands-free operation. Two self-sterilizing nozzles spray gently aerated spritzes of water which can be adjusted for temperature, pressure, and spray width. They even come with an air dryer and deodorizer. 

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Making a Smart Home Gym

Touchscreen fitness mirrors

Smart home tech is bringing the gym to you. Touchscreen, wall-mounted fitness mirrors are the latest craze in home gym technology. If you are missing the instruction and motivation of an in-person trainer, simply turn on the screen and let an AI trainer provide guided workouts and fitness programs that fit your liking. New tech also includes virtual spotters, sensors to monitor every rep, and measuring your progress in real-time. Remote group training has also become more popular, and groups can virtually work out together from the comfort of their home while still keeping the workout, music, and atmosphere people love about a local gym.

Workout equipment

If curating your workout is your thing, there are many products to help you keep track of your fitness goals. Smart dumbbells and kettlebells can automatically change weights up to 42lbs and track reps from the touch of a button. These are perfect for smaller home gym owners looking to get in simple workouts such as shoulder presses and deadlifts. Punching bags with smart technology are a great way to blow off some steam. These punching bags come equipped with trackers that you wrap around your hand to track punch speed and the number of punches where you can track your progress via an app. This is perfect for the person who loves a quick and specific workout. Stationary Bikes are a great way to get in that much-needed cardio, the newest technology offers pre-recorded classes that sync to the mechanics of the bike to automatically adjust resistance and incline as well as the ability to sync to smartwatches. 

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Homes With a New Kitchen List for More and Often Sell Above List Price

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a home, serving as both a central meeting place for family and a functional area necessary for preparing meals. So it’s easy to understand why a state-of-the-art kitchen is a must-have for millions of homeowners from coast to coast. For those considering home upgrades, the kitchen is a great place to start. A kitchen remodel can add value for current homeowners, and appeal to homebuyers if you’re looking to sell in the near future.

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A kitchen remodel can increase your home value

For homeowners who plan to sell their homes any time in the future, value is an important point of consideration. A new kitchen can play a significant role in higher than average list price, while an outdated kitchen that doesn’t meet functional needs can deter buyers in any housing market.

Think renovating a kitchen isn’t a big deal for prospective homebuyers? It is. It’s possible to recoup virtually the entire cost of a kitchen upgrade in the purchase price, giving you the opportunity to remodel your kitchen from top to bottom, with less concern for expenses.

Homes with new kitchens are rated number 1 for most valuable home improvement trends. The median list price on homes that have a new kitchen is $14,500 more than the national median, and on average, these homes sell for above their list price.

When planning a kitchen remodel, be sure to consider both what makes the most sense to you as well as what will appeal to most homebuyers in your area. For example, if you live in Atlanta, GA, and want to upgrade your countertops, opting for the most valuable trend, quartz, is probably a better option than granite. Someone who specializes in kitchen remodeling can also help you identify regional trends to ensure you make the best possible choice for your home.

In addition to increasing the value of your home, here are 5 other reasons you should consider remodeling your kitchen.

1. Improved lifestyle and convenience

For most homeowners who are planning on remodeling their kitchen space, convenience can be a primary motivator. If your kitchen can’t meet all of your needs, whether it’s too small or situated in an inconvenient manner, an upgrade is a great decision.

As you move forward with your kitchen remodel, determine what you need out of your kitchen and what is required to fulfill those needs. For example, if you need more space to prep and cook, extending your counter or adding an island might be the ideal solution. On the other hand, if you need more storage, an island or hanging cabinets could help you get the extra room to store your pots, pans, and dry goods. If you’re not sure where to start, speak with local kitchen renovation pros to identify the available options for your current kitchen space.

2. Better design and appearance

Kitchen remodels are often functional, but they can be beautiful, too. Upgrading your kitchen can both expand the area you have for food prep and can become a space you enjoy spending more time in.

If you don’t like the look or feel of your kitchen, a kitchen upgrade can bring your home into the twenty-first century. From counter materials to new cabinets, there are tons of ways to improve the space in your home. Some of the most popular kitchen features we are seeing nationwide include, granite countertops, an eat-in area, stainless steel appliances, and hardwood floors. You can definitely follow your own tastes to create the kitchen of your dreams or enlist the help of a pro to recommend more current trends. Regardless, the right approach to a remodel can guarantee a room that looks amazing and feels great, too.

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3. Create additional space

If you’re tired of cooking and cleaning in a small, cramped space, a new kitchen can make all the difference. Renovating your kitchen can maximize the space you have available, making it much easier to cook meals and spend time with family.

Even small homes can be improved with remodeling opportunities. This can include adding things like extra cabinets or even kitchen islands. If space is really tight, taking down walls or expanding storage – like adding a new pantry or cabinets – into bordering rooms can free up storage options in your kitchen in a way that maximizes functionality.

4. Improved technology options

Kitchen technology isn’t a one size fits all option. If your 1980s fridge and old school oven can’t meet your needs, it may be time to upgrade. A customized kitchen remodel can also focus on technology. If you’re looking for higher-tech kitchen solutions, upgrading might be required.

Kitchen appliances come in all shapes and sizes, from fridges with Wi-Fi capabilities to ovens that provide quick preheat functionality and will have you ready to cook within minutes. Upgrading your kitchen with the latest and greatest technology can make cooking and preparing meals faster and easier. Start trawling home improvement stores and working with a kitchen renovation contractor that is knowledgeable in high tech options to help you weigh the pros and cons of each new kitchen appliance. No matter what you have in mind, there’s an option out there ideal for you.

5. Eco-Friendly Upgrades

If climate change or saving money on utilities are concerns for you, your kitchen remodel may be focused on implementing eco-friendly options for more sustainable living.

Appliances that offer great functionality while also reducing waste are available in countless forms, from low-energy refrigerators to microwaves with convection options. Those who want to truly maximize eco-friendly home upgrades may want to go beyond the kitchen alone, but Energy Star appliances can make it much easier to minimize your impact on the environment – and save money.

Remodeling a kitchen is never a requirement, but if you plan to sell soon or aren’t completely satisfied with the cooking space in your current home, a remodel is a great opportunity. Partnering with a kitchen remodeling company can ensure you tick every box, giving you access to pros who can identify needs and provide solutions that meet both functional and fashionable options within your budget. Whether you want more space, better tech, or to sell for more, it’s never too late to upgrade your kitchen.

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Don’t Skip These 7 Home Projects Before Selling Your House

Maybe you’ve decided it’s time to leave your condo in New York City for a more spacious house in Dallas now that you can work from home. Or, maybe your family is growing and you’re looking for a house with a larger yard or in a different school district. Whatever your reason is, you’ve decided it’s time to sell your current home. Whether this is your first time or you have experience, selling your home can be a big task. So, unless you’re in a major time-crunch or on a tight budget, it’s best to put a little work into your home before listing it for sale so you can sell your home quickly, and possibly for more money. 

From installing new flooring to making eco-friendly upgrades, there’s a lot of home improvements you can – and should – do to make your home stand out when it hits the market. But with so many potential home upgrades, it may feel overwhelming to know where to start. Luckily, we’ve listed out the 7 home projects to consider if you’re selling your home this year.

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1) Update your flooring

If the floors in your home are worn out or outdated, it can be a huge turnoff to potential buyers. Even if you’ve grown used to the stains on the carpet or you no longer notice the divet in the kitchen floor, you’ll want to have your flooring updated before listing your home for sale. 

There are many types of flooring and the right choice will depend on your home. However, you can never go wrong with hardwood. In fact, hardwood is the most popular and valuable type of flooring to potential homebuyers in the US. Laminate and ceramic are also great flooring options to consider. To be sure you’re choosing the right type and style for your home, it’s best to talk with a flooring professional in your area. 

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2) Freshen up your paint 

Are your walls scuffed, scraped, or just an unappealing color? A fresh coat of paint is a simple yet effective home update, allowing you to maximize the look and feel of your space in next to no time. As people tour your home, online or virtually, they’ll notice the small details. You won’t want a poor paint job or an outdated, dark orange kitchen wall to be an influencing factor on their decision. Instead, opt for neutral paint colors to appeal to a wide range of buyers. 

Keep in mind that painting isn’t just for the inside, either. A fresh coat of exterior paint can do wonders for your home’s appearance and curb appeal.  If you’re crunched for time or this home project is too big of an undertaking, hire a professional painter so that your home is looking its best when it hits the housing market.

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3) Give your kitchen a face-lift

The kitchen is the heart of the home and it’s often one of the top priorities for buyers. So a kitchen in need of a lot of work can be all it takes to turn a buyer off for good. With stylish, designer kitchens as one of the major home design trends this year, you’ll want to prioritize this home project to help your house stand out against the competition.

If a complete remodel doesn’t fit within your budget, don’t worry. Upgrading your kitchen doesn’t mean you need to go all out and buy brand new appliances – a few little cosmetic touches can go a long way. Things like new cabinet faces, drawer pulls or, if necessary, a new counter, can completely turn a kitchen around. Even adding a new backsplash or going bold with contrast cabinetry can make all the difference. If you’re not sure which upgrades are necessary, consider speaking with a contractor or real estate professional about current trends in your area. 

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4) Enhance your landscaping: curb appeal is key

Many homebuyers want the complete package – inside and out. A beautiful home is only made better by a beautiful yard, so if your property is a little bland on the outside, the right finishing touches can spark buyer interest. That’s why landscaping is one of the most important home projects to complete before you sell your house.

Landscaping can be comprehensive – things like koi ponds and expansive patios – but can also be straightforward and simple. Planting shrubs along a sidewalk, adding a small flower garden, or even putting fresh mulch around trees can be affordable and easy ways to create eye-catching curb appeal. Whether you want to completely upgrade your outdoor space with an intricate landscape design, or your front yard just needs a well-manicured lawn with some fresh flowers, a landscaper can help you tackle this home project.

5) Replace your windows

Depending on the age and condition of your home, it might be time to replace your windows. Even if you’ve only lived in your home for 5 years, you should ask yourself how long the previous owners were living there and if they ever had them replaced? If your windows have minor damages, then they may just need a simple repair. But if the frames are worn, there’s leaking when it rains, it’s difficult to open or close, or there’s just visible damage – you’ll want to hire a professional to replace them.

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6) Repair your garage door

Does your garage door squeak and squeal, or is it full of dings and scrapes? Then this is one of the home projects you’ll want to stop pushing off. If your garage door no longer looks or acts up to par, then a replacement is probably necessary – especially if it’s seen years of use with little to no maintenance. Potential homebuyers will notice these issues and may request that you repair them as part of the purchase agreement. That’s why it’s a good idea to get ahead of home projects like this before listing your home. And even if your garage door is functioning as it should, this can be a great cosmetic update to freshen up your home’s exterior.

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7) “Green” home projects for an eco-friendly home

These days many buyers are looking for homes with eco-friendly features so taking the time to add some “green” upgrades to your home can be well worth it. And, luckily, there’s a handful of ways you can make your home more green. If your budget allows, then installing solar panels is the ultimate eco-friendly upgrade you could make. Solar panels can reduce the overall cost of electricity and energy bills, are a more environmentally-friendly energy solution, and can even increase the value of your home.  And if you live in a city like San Diego or Honolulu where it’s become a popular home feature, you’ll want to invest in this eco-friendly upgrade. 

If you’re unable to take on a larger home project like this, consider investing in other eco-friendly and energy-saving features like a smart thermostat, an ENERGY STAR certified washer and dryer, or installing a high-efficiency faucet aerator in your shower and on your taps.

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