6 HOT Trends For Higher Home Sales Prices
Some things come and go, while some things stay the same - and it's easy to remember that god-awful paint color that seemed like a great idea at the checkout counter of Home Depot. But, what determines a trend that has staying power and can positively impact the sales price of your home versus one that's going to cost you when it comes time to swap it out and time to put your home on the market?
We've done the research and digging around the internet for you, plus we see plenty of homes to notice what's helping them move for higher prices... or what's hurting the bottom line and their chances of selling.

Here are 6 HOT trends for helping you achieve higher sales prices when selling your home...
1. Create Space

Knock out a non-structural wall, or even remove that kitchen island. Anything that opens up the space and creates a sense of flow in the house is generating a response from buyers who can afford to be choosy. 

For the price of a few hundred dollars, you'll transform the feel of the house. Because right now buyers want a wide open floor plan and the living room right off the kitchen. They're into big spaces.

2. Curb Appeal (Front Door & Entryway, Landscape)

The first thing your guests see when arriving at your home is the front door. Traditionally it’s been more of a side note feature for most houses, but that’s all changing now. 

Bold or bright colors get attention and create energy. Add to that paver walkways and updated low maintenance landscaping and your well on your way.
3. Go Green (High Efficiency Updates)

110 degree plus temperatures in the summer put stress on our AC Units and the last thing buyers want to worry about when making a new home purchase is having something go wrong with the air conditioning. 

Inspection periods will tell us a lot, however if you know your unit is outdated and your thinking of selling this could be a great selling point. Plus newer units are more efficient and come with added bonuses in the form of energy savings.

4. Flooring

Don't undervalue the materials you're standing on. Ninety-four percent of real estate pros recommend spending some money on floors. But it doesn't have to be a lot of money. For an estimated average investment of $600 to $900, brokers report that the return in value comes in at as much as $2,000.

Wood-look flooring 
This is nothing new. Wood-look tile, vinyl and laminate will continue to soar through 2017 and beyond.

Wide plank flooring 
Longer and wider planks are becoming available with modern technology. These large planks are only growing in popularity.

Gray flooring
Gray is still new enough to be trendy, but soon it will become a classic staple.

5. Deferred Maintenance (TLC) | Kitchen & Bathroom upgrades

Before thinking about a fancy upgrade to the kitchen, address the basics. Insulate the attic, repair plumbing leaks, replace missing or broken roof tiles, inspect the furnace and the plumbing, replace or repair broken windows, and fix broken or leaky faucets and toilets. 

These kinds of fixes go a long way toward value, a couple hundred dollars on a few things could increase the value of your house by a few thousand dollars.

Kitchen & Bathroom upgrade ideas
- subway or glass tile backsplashes
- shaker cabinets
- stone countertops such as marble, granite or quartz 
- light and bright bathrooms and kitchens

6. Let there be light (lighting)

Boxed lighting is a definite no-no nowadays… recessed lighting adds more light to rooms and is much more aesthetically appealing to eye.

Wall Plates 
The trend right now is towards contemporary/modern design plates that are at once minimal and eye-catching .

Modern Fixtures 
If you’ve dined in a contemporary restaurant or watched shows like 'Mad Men' and 'Halt and Catch Fire' in recent times, then you are well aware that Midcentury Modern design is everywhere .

Minimalist LED 
Leading edge, energy-saving technology combined with subtle design that delivers clean and sharp patterns of light are what this trend is all about. This is a particularly important trend, as it is a key indicator of the direction in which the future of lighting design is headed.

After a somewhat dormant phase, lighting designers and consumers alike have reinvigorated their love affair with gold. A great thing about gold as a design element is that you can mix and match it with other metals like silver and brass to create the perfect, layered look. 

Top interior designers state, "Gold isn’t going anywhere. In fact its bigger than ever. Silver is out. The trend will last 7-10 years so starting investing in the color.” 
By Kristian Cotta
September 15th, 2017
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Kristian Cotta // Designated Broker
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