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 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!
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.
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!
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.
POUR YOUR OLIVE OIL INTO A DECANTER
Because chefs do, and everyone wants to be a chef, right?
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.
KARATE CHOP YOUR PILLOWS
Yes, people still do this, and yes, it still works.
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.
DUST CHANDELIERS AND CEILING FANS
Because yes, people do notice.
SORT THE MAIL PILE
Or at least shove it all in a cabinet or drawer to deal with later.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ADJUST CURTAINS ON THEIR RODS
Fluff, fluff, ahh.
STOW BATHROOM PRODUCTS
Clean and clear and under control. Yes, even your toothbrush should be stashed out of view.
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.
BUFF MIRRORS AND GLASS SURFACES
Buh-bye, streaks and scuffs.
REPLACE MELTY, MESSY CANDLESTICKS
Hocus-pocus chic is not a thing.
WIPE METAL FOCAL POINTS
Gleaming faucets and pots and pans, please.
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.
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