Personal Updates and Resale of Your Home

I was recently asked to join a private interior design Facebook page. Of course it brings me nothing but happiness to be part of a design community where people post pictures, tips and ask for and offer advice. Recently someone had posted that they had just moved into a place and were wondering what type of updates they should do knowing that the home was probably not their forever home. This is a question that is near and dear to me as a lover of design and a realtor. The short answer would be that it is always about balance. As you are decorating or renovating your short term goal would be to create a home that is YOURS but your longer term goal is to make sure it is not so personalized that it will deter future buyers. When a client asks me this question, I have a number of follow up questions:
  • How long do you think you are going to stay in the house?
         Interior design trends change over the years and what you do today inevitably will be outdated    in 15-20 years even if update to everything a possible buyer wants now.
  • What changes are you thinking of making?
        Changes such as paint, window coverings and furniture in any room in the home can always be changed prior to selling. Larger changes such as fixtures and flooring can be changed but also is expensive.
  • What rooms are the changes in?
 Kitchen and baths typically add the most value to your home and I would try to keep those on par with what buyers in your market are looking for.
  • What is your budget now and possibly for selling your home?
If you want to personalize your home for when you live in it, do you have a budget to change if when you sell if need be? 
  • Are you open to making changes to your home prior to selling it in the future if need be? 
If you are greatly personalizing your home, keep in mind to get it sold in the future you may need to replace personal upgrades with something more suitable to the current market.
My typical recommendation is to personalize your home with things that can be changed: paint, furniture, art, area rugs, lighting and other decorative items. Fixtures, counter tops, flooring and  appliances should remain close to what sells in your market. If you are making very personal changes that are much different from what your market dictates just keep in mind you may need to make additional updates prior to selling. Otherwise it may take a bit longer to sell as you are looking for a buyer with a very similar style or a buyer willing to do work to make the place their own. If you are considering making substantial updates and are concerned about your home’s resale, I would highly recommend getting the opinion of an experienced real estate agent.

In addition to writing for Daigle’s Digs, Elizabeth works full-time as a Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. Elizabeth’s clients range from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to short sales, to seasoned investors. Contact Elizabeth for any real estate needs. Cell 303-819.73.71. Work 720-314-8352.

Inviting Beds

I have been a little under the weather this week. I am completely run down and would much prefer to be in bed rather than attempting to work through my illness. I digress since that is not an option currently. Instead, I have just been swooning over beds that make me want to crawl in and sleep…..

How inviting do these beds look? The best one? Of course the one with a water view! 
In addition to writing for Daigle’s Digs, Elizabeth works full-time as a Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. Elizabeth’s clients range from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to short sales, to seasoned investors. Contact Elizabeth for any real estate needs. Cell 303-819.73.71. Work 720-314-8352.

Barn Wood Headboard

I am always looking for creative approaches to the home and furniture. This can allow you to save money and also have fun and create a style that is uniquely yours. One of the most expensive things in your bedroom can easily be your bed. I love seeing the new trend where people are creating their own headboards. Headboards can be pricey ranging from $800 to upwards of multiple thousands of dollars. If you are looking to create a rustic feel in your bedroom consider using barn wood as a headboard. 

Want to personalize it even more (and add a pop of color) write a fun saying on it.

In addition to writing for Daigle’s Digs, Elizabeth works full-time as a Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. Elizabeth’s clients range from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to short sales, to seasoned investors. Contact Elizabeth for any real estate needs. Cell 303-819.73.71. Work 720-314-8352.

Plaid in the home

It is definitely starting to become fall in Denver. The air is a bit more crisp, it gets darker earlier and I have a strong desire to wear a sweater (even though it can still be close to 90). The biggest indicator that fall is coming? My inbox is full of stores showcasing there flannel shirts. I finally broke down and bought my first flannel of all time. Do not get me wrong, I LOVE plaid but seem to be a bit slow to the flannel trend. Then I was checking out Zara home and stumbled upon plaid in the home. 
Plaid isn’t a new concept in the home. Years ago plaid wallpaper was the trend (which makes me shutter just thinking about). The trick with plaid (or really any pattern) is moderation.

 Of course who could do plaid any better than Burberry. This blanket would work in any room of the home.
  In addition to writing for Daigle’s Digs, Elizabeth works full-time as a Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. Elizabeth’s clients range from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to short sales, to seasoned investors. Contact Elizabeth for any real estate needs. Cell 303-819.73.71. Work 720-314-8352.

Benjamin Moore Dragon Breath

This color is a complete contrast from last week. Benjamin Moore Dragon Breath is a dark grey with brown undertones.

This color couples well with gold, teal and blues. 

 In addition to writing for Daigle’s Digs, Elizabeth works full-time as a Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. Elizabeth’s clients range from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to short sales, to seasoned investors. Contact Elizabeth for any real estate needs. Cell 303-819.73.71. Work 720-314-8352.

Nice Legs

I am currently coveting the Hamilton Leather Couch at West Elm. Slim, sleek legs paired with a light brown leather. The perfect combination of feminine and masculine.

Because, lets be honest, who doesn’t love a great pair of legs?!
 In addition to writing for Daigle’s Digs, Elizabeth works full-time as a Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. Elizabeth’s clients range from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to short sales, to seasoned investors. Contact Elizabeth for any real estate needs. Cell 303-819.73.71. Work 720-314-8352.