Whether you’re selling in the near future or just want to update your home, now is a great time to take advantage of the Holiday sales to stock up on the items that really elevate your home. I pulled together a list of “must haves” that make a home look and feel welcoming while appealing to the the masses.
- New Linens:
Musty, faded towels have to go when your home is on the market. Pick up some nice turkish or extra fluffy ones. Stick with white or a neutral color.
Nothing looks better than real linen bedding, in my opinion. Stick with a solid color.
If your throw pillows are looking sad, wash the covers and insert new down feather inserts. Size up on your inserts for a nice full look. ex: If the pillow is 18×18- order 20×20 inserts. Then give your pillow a quick karate chop on top.
If your kitchen towels are stained or dingy, ditch them.
In the cooler months, having a nice cozy throw thrown over the bed or edge of the couch just makes your home feel more inviting.
These are my go to curtains. They are affordable and the quality is pretty good. Get a nice curtain rod and hang the curtains from curtain clips and rings for that extra polished look. Hang them high and wide to make the window look bigger and to make the ceilings appear taller.
2. Light Fixtures and hardware:
There are so many affordable options for lux lighting. Ditch the dinky outdoor lights. Ditch the builder grade chandeliers. And seriously, ditch the boob lights.
Update kitchen knobs and pulls.
3. Floor coverings:
When in doubt, throw down a simple jute rug. They’re affordable, durable and look good in most spaces. Be sure to get a rug big enough for your room. A dinky rug will visually shrink the room.
Don’t forget a welcome mat.
4. Kitchen accessories:
All your visible kitchen accessories should be beautiful and simple; glass bottled liquid soaps, white and clear dishes, wood cutting boards. Pour olive oil into a pretty decanter, fruit in a nice bowl, upgrade your salt and pepper shakers. Use a decorative tray to corral clutter.
5. Wall art:
Add some art that actually fits your wall space. And hang it at the proper height- art should be hung at eye level. You can order such affordable large scale art these days. I love buying digital copies and having them printed myself to save some dough. This shop can even print up to 55×79 for just $160.
Bye bye builder grade mirror. Installing a nice wood, metal framed or at least a beveled edge mirror will instantly update your bathroom. It doesn’t have to be over the top, just a simple upgraded mirror will do the trick.
Happy shopping! And be sure to call me anytime you have a question about staging or updating your home. I am always happy to come over and help you make a to do list when getting your home ready to sell. I can even recommend a great Stager to take care of the entire job for you.