Where to Invest in Your Home for the Best Return

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  • One frequently asked question I receive is where to invest in your home. After 5 homes {and itching for another}, I am very cognizant of how and where we spend when updating a home. While we enjoy living in our home and I ultimately want to design for our family, I never want to overspend.

    Where to invest in your home is relative to the neighborhood {some warrant higher finishes} or area {i.e.: a deck is a better investment at our lake home than our home in St. Louis}, but most apply to all homes.

    When considering where to invest in your home, think about what remains with the home when you move. Envision your home empty and think about what makes it stand out.

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    We all know kitchens and baths sell homes. So whether you do a full renovation or a quick refresh, you tend to see a good return on investment. We’ve done everything from a budget bath to a more luxe remodels like the mudroom bath room  and entryway powder room. Either way, these tips will help you save money on your renovation.

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    First and foremost, I believe investing in quality flooring. To me, there’s nothing more timeless than good old fashioned sand and stain wood floors. Not only do they wear with grace, but if needed, you have the opportunity to sand and stain to renew them. They make a home feel warm and aside from stain color, tend to be a blank slate that isn’t taste specific.

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    Sure, carpet is always an option, but if you are living in the home for a period of years before you sell, consider the wear and tear. I have yet to meet a carpet that looks new after 5 years of use despite cleaning. Tile can tend to date, aside from classic materials like marble and subway tile.

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    Lighting is my favorite way to invest in a home because it’s one of the few things that can make an otherwise empty space like a bedroom or family room {remember, we’re envisioning the home empty} feel special. So many homes have builder’s grade “boob lights”. You can make your home stand out by investing in beautiful lighting that fits the style of your home. You can find all of our available lighting here.

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    You don’t have to add molding to every room to make an impact, but it can add a lot of architectural detail to a space to elevate it. Shadow box trim completely changed the look and feel of our breakfast room. A little crown molding can go a long way making a room feel more significant.

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    A fresh coat of neutral paint can make a home feel warm, open giving the illusion of space and most of all, clean. You can find my favorite paint colors here.

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    A little landscaping goes a long way and makes a great first impression.

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    Organization systems that make a space functional and appear to offer more space, like a closet system.

    The basics. I think it goes without saying that everything should be in good working order first and foremost.

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    Quick fixes for lesser used and seen spaces, like this inexpensive stair runner or vinyl flooring for the basement. They’re fresh and up-to-date extending the living area of the home, without a significant investment.

    What would you like to read more about? Please me your questions in the comments below and it just might inspire my next post!



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