Tips to Make Your Home Look Expensive

Do you want your home to look like it should be on the cover of a magazine…but you have champagne tastes on a shoe-string budget? You don’t have to spend a fortune to make your home look like a million bucks!

It’s more about being able to spend some time to arrange things in an pleasing way and trust us the little things can make a big impact. Here are a few tips:

1. Declutter

We can’t tell you how many times we have said this to clients. Throughout our lives we collect many things that mean a lot to us, however when you’re selling your home it’s best for everyone if you put many of those knickknacks and collectibles away for safe keeping.

Walk through each room of your home and take stock of the things that can be packed up and put away for now. It may be a while before you will have them out so please pack the carefully. But things that are piling up, like toys, mail and anything with dust on them…lets get them into moving boxes and into a storage unit.

2. Eliminate grunge

No need to spend hours a day deep cleaning every inch of your home for weeks to make your home look more expensive, just a once or twice-yearly deep clean is an easy way to start making your home look more luxurious.

Start with the dirtiest areas of your home first, pay special attention to grouting and small corners that seem to collect dirt or are hard to reach.

“Having old tile cleaned and regrouted makes a huge difference in having your bathroom look sparkly and fresh,” says designer Young Huh. Best of all: The process is simple and inexpensive.

And get an immediate lift to the finish of wood floors with a little steam cleaning.



3. Add—or rearrange—lighting

Lighting can define spaces, separate rooms and more…lighting can be the difference in making a small space feel grand.

That reading nook in your living room, sitting areas for company and a tv area, separate each area with lighting making them feel cozy and consider using a dimmer for overhead lights, this can be a simple DIY or a fairly affordable job for a pro.

4. Upgrade your hardware

No need to renovation your entire kitchen, and most likely you wouldn’t get all that money back in the sale but you can get a similar effect for far less by simply swapping out the old hardware for something new.

Warm things up by trading in your brushed-steel drawer pulls for something in a bronze or even crystal, or go for a more modern feel with something sleek and entirely different…but remember to keep away from the overly “you” style that may turn off a buyer.

Changing out countertops and faucets is another great way to make your home look much pricier, if it’s in your budget update your sink accessories to match that great new hardware.

5. Repaint

Plain and simple, there is no simpler way to make a home feel new.

“This is the most important part,” Huh says. “Repaint and choose beautiful colors for an instant makeover.”

Go classy with neutral colors or go minimalist with a white room featuring a bright accent wall. Paint doesn’t just have to go on your walls, add a fresh splash of color to your window trim, front door and in some cases even your floor.

6. Focus on the devil in the (decor) details

Maybe your home just feels a little bit…bland. Try some vignettes by combining decorative items to add visual interest to an otherwise plain area. Try organizing your vignette around a theme so that your room feels unified or even tells a story.

Before you know it, you’ll be posting pics of your gorgeous home.

Want more great ideas of how to make your home a showcase? Talk to one of our Locations Montana Bigfork Real Estate Agents.


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