Improving Your Home's Value One Space at a Time: The Living Room

After a long day of taking care of all of your daily responsibilities, all you want to do is sit down and relax. Where in your home do you typically sit down to catch your breath and unwind at the end of the day? Your living room. That's why we're deeming this one of the most important spaces in your home. Buyers, like you, enjoy spending time after a long day relaxing too, and will pay more for houses that have comfortable and functional living rooms. So this week, we're sharing with you some tips for improving your home's value in the living room. 

Install Efficient Windows

Energy efficient windows can substantially reduce costs associated with heating and cooling, which is a huge perk to most interested buyers. Cold glass can create uncomfortable drafts as air next to the window is cooled and drops to the floor. Also, strong direct sunlight through window onto people and interior surfaces can cause overheating and discomfort. They can also allow natural light to be let in without the concern of letting unwanted heat in. Overall, having energy efficient windows can help to create a more comfortable space.

Let in the Light

The benefits of having lots of natural light in your home go far beyond energy savings. Research has proven that being exposed to natural lighting actually helps people be more productive, happier, healthier, and calmer. By renovating to add larger windows that let more natural lighting in, you'll not only create a more inviting atmosphere, but you'll also make the room seem larger by opening it up. If adding windows to improve natural lighting just isn't an option, there are natural-like lighting solutions that you can incorporate throughout your living room to improve the lighting and ambiance of the room. 

Replace Worn Carpet

Take a look at your home's soft flooring. Are your carpets and area rugs stained or worn? Nothing turns buyers off more than the thought that they will immediately need to replace all of the flooring in a home. Ideally, you may want to replace them all, but if a limited budget puts a snag in that plan, start by replacing the carpet in the living room, where you're likely to see the most wear and tear.

Go with Light Neutral Colored Paint

While you may LOVE bright colors that highlight existing architecture or add interest to a room without architectural features, you're not making these home improvements to appease your taste. You're trying to create a space that the buyer's can see themselves in. If you choose to paint an accent wall in your living room a bright shade of red and paint the rest of the walls a contrasting color, it may look great with your decor, but the buyers may have a very difficult time envisioning their stuff in your home. It's important to make your house generic. A fresh coat of neutral paint will make your home appear larger, brighter and more appealing to potential buyers.

By making these improvements to your living room, you'll create a space that buyers will love, and will be willing to pay more for! For more tips on improving your home's value and strategies for selling a home, trust the Fran Campbell Team, the best real estate team at the Lake of the Ozarks, to have your back throughout your entire real estate transaction!


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