20 Easy Changes You Can Make Today to Raise Your Home's Value

Posted by West + Main Homes on Monday, March 27th, 2017 at 9:20am.

Your home is almost perfect...but it doesn't have that model home, designer feel that will sell for top dollar. Don’t despair—there are dozens of high-impact, super-easy updates that can be pulled off in a single afternoon. From styling tricks to micro cleaning, here are 20 little home updates with major payoff.

 

Stow 

STOW THE KITCHEN TRASH CAN

Fact: Even the fancy ones are still an eyesore. Tuck a small can under the sink or in another cabinet - it's worth the lost storage space to hide the garbage!

 

closet1 

MOVE COATS TO A CLOSET

It's really easy to let a wall of hooks or pegs turn into permanent coat and bag storage...so just get rid of it or carefully style it with just a light scarf and sun hat - because no one needs to know how many North Face jackets you own, and they definitely don't want to look at your umbrella collection.

 

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PRUNE FLOWERS AND HOUSEPLANTS

Pick off brown leaves, toss dead blooms and trim living stems. Split your fading bouquet into several smaller vases or jars to make the longer-lasting flowers look fresh and bright again. And most importantly, water those plants!

 

Bowl 

FILL A BOWL WITH FRESH FRUITS AND VEGGIES

Instant magazine polish. There's just something about real, fresh fruit that says, real people thrive here.

 

oil 

POUR YOUR OLIVE OIL INTO A DECANTER

Because chefs do, and everyone wants to be a chef, right?

 

Bar 

AND YOUR BOOZE

There's just something instantly fancy about a vintage-looking decanter filled with delicious-looking booze, even if you're more of a wine person, yourself.

 

pillows 

KARATE CHOP YOUR PILLOWS

Yes, people still do this, and yes, it still works.

coffeetable 

CUT COFFEE TABLE DECOR IN HALF

Behold, the beauty of editing. Piles of books and magazines are not in this equation, but a stylish tray or basket thoughtfully styled with a couple of your favorite things just screams fancy.

 

chandelier 

DUST CHANDELIERS AND CEILING FANS

Because yes, people do notice.

 

mail 

SORT THE MAIL PILE

Or at least shove it all in a cabinet or drawer to deal with later.

 

Cords 

WIPE DOWN TV AND COMPUTER SCREENS

This one only takes a minute...and your screens will be that much clearer to get your Netflix + chill on, too.

 

laundry 

TUCK AWAY THE HAMPER

Or invest in one with a lid. This follows the same theory as the hidden garbage can...everyone has laundry but no one really wants to look at yours, whether it's headed toward the washing machine or just out of the dryer.

 

fridge1 

UN-DECORATE THE REFRIGERATOR

Yes, we are serious. Your easy to access Denver Broncos schedule and baby shower invite from a couple years ago just don't need to be there in plain view.

 

catchall 

CORRAL CLUTTER

Carefully placed catch-alls not only make it appear like you have your sh*t together, it also helps you keep track of your keys. You're welcome.

 

painting 

STRAIGHTEN PAINTINGS ON THEIR HOOKS

They've been a tiny bit crooked for so long, you don't even notice it anymore. But other people will.

 

drapes 

ADJUST CURTAINS ON THEIR RODS

Fluff, fluff, ahh.

counter 

STOW BATHROOM PRODUCTS

Clean and clear and under control. Yes, even your toothbrush should be stashed out of view.

 

books 

ADJUST BOOKS SO THAT SPINES ARE STRAIGHT IN LINE

We like stacks of books as much as anyone else, but tidying them up makes the difference between Hoarders and Amazon addict.

 

mirror 

BUFF MIRRORS AND GLASS SURFACES

Buh-bye, streaks and scuffs.

candle 

REPLACE MELTY, MESSY CANDLESTICKS

Hocus-pocus chic is not a thing.

 

metal 

WIPE METAL FOCAL POINTS

Gleaming faucets and pots and pans, please.

 

towels 

HANG TOWELS PROPERLY

That’s right—fold 'em in half and hang evenly on a towel rack. Bonus points if they are fluffy + white.

**For more great tips like this, check out Pure Wow Home...it's one of our favorite sources for everything lifestyle. For photo cred click on photo.

If you are thinking about selling your house, wondering what your Denver area home might be worth, or have any questions about the Real Estate market in your neighborhood, let us know, we are always happy to help!

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