5 Tips for Making Your Home Look More Expensive

Do you want to make your home look more expensive before listing your home for sale on the market? Maybe you are looking to amplify your space and enjoy spending more time at home.

From annual upkeep to staging your home, there are multiple things you do to achieve this goal. Below are some realtor recommended tips for making your home look like a picture from Southern Living Magazine.

#1: Regular Home Maintenance

backyard with stone pathway, mulched walkway and storage shed.

One of the biggest items I will stress for increasing the value of your home is doing regular home maintenance. After experiencing home inspection after inspection, the biggest issues that seem to come up are issues that could be avoided by the homeowner.

Putting the time, money, and elbow grease into maintaining a property is key to an expensive-looking home. While it will cost you to keep your home maintained throughout your ownership, it will pay off in the long run when you go to sell your house with big-ticket items in working order. This is just one way to maintain your home’s value.

#2: Declutter: It’s Free!

a decluttered white kitchen with hardwood floors and butcher block countertops and stainless steel dish washer

Maintenance may cost you money, but decluttering is free! You don’t necessarily have to live like a minimalist to live clutter-free.

The goal is to make a “home” for every item in a room. Decluttering will help you in the end when it’s time to pack up and move.

#3: Interior Decor & Update Fixtures

Floral artwork hung over a gas fireplace

Interior decor and updated fixtures can go a long way in making a old house look newer, and more expensive. Start by painting the interior walls a neutral color.

Then take a visit to your local TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, or Lowe’s. You can find luxuious items inexpensive price points such as:

  • Rugs
  • Lamps
  • Light fixtures
  • Throw pillows for beds and sofas
  • Upgraded hardware for cabinets and doors
  • Window treatments

#4: Make the Entry Welcoming

A welcoming Appalachian North Carolina front porch entry way

As for the exterior, make the entry to your home welcoming. You can add flowers in planters or paint the front door a bold new color.

Do not limit yourself to the porch. Give your landscape a fresh look with new mulch and add some plants.

#5: Have an Outdoor Living Space

Backyard with red plastic chairs around a fire pit

Re-stain your deck and posts, and add some outdoor furniture to a back deck or front porch. Outdoor living spaces are a popular trend in the housing market and demand is on the rise.

Dedicating a space outside to connect with nature does not have to be expensive. Grab a few lawn chairs from Walmart and you have yourself a yard to enjoy!

Any or all of these can help make your house look fresh, and welcoming, and give it a more expensive feel. While there are other weekend projects you can do to make your home look more expensive, these are the ones I’d recommend.

You do not always have to spend a lot of money to make your home feel like it cost a million bucks! For more tips, contact an 828 Real Estate agent and we will gladly help.

About the Author
Born and raised on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Lindsay grew up vacationing in Blowing Rock and Boone with her family. Lindsay attended the University of Alabama, where she studied Hospitality Management and was a Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity member. Lindsay and her husband, Dustin, moved to Boone in 2012 and have since added two little boys, Owen and Graham, and a little girl, Darcy, to the family. She is excited to raise her kids in the High Country and enjoys taking them to Tweetsie Railroad and the fantastic parks in the area. A few of her favorite things are kayaking down the New River and enjoying the local restaurants and breweries. Lindsay spends her free time exploring everything the High Country has to offer with her family, traveling, and Alabama football! Lindsay is a licensed NC REALTOR and has been practicing real estate since 2018. As a "transplant" from South Carolina, she feels she can relate well with clients buying property from outside of the area. She loves enlightening others about the High Country and enjoys helping them find their mountain home. Her goal is not only to make the buying or selling of property a breeze, but to create an enjoyable experience and friendship.