How to Make a Small House Look Expensive for Sale

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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With the rise of the real estate market amidst the pandemic, many homeowners are either planning to sell their house or purchase another. Due to the high demand for idyllic houses, homes listed in the market are selling rather quickly. Thus, if you’re planning to sell your house, now is the time.

Learning how to maximize your home value is crucial for this endeavor, especially if you're a first-time home-seller. For a starter, here are some adjustments and upgrades to create an expensive and elegant look.

1. Always Declutter

First off, you need to understand that it will be much simpler to keep your space clean after decluttering. The less stuff you have scattered around, the simpler it is to keep track of things. There are various looks regarding "extravagant" homes, yet one common aspect is that extravagant spaces are rarely cluttered.

Thus, regardless of what sort of extravagant style you're aiming for, ensure you get rid of unnecessary clutter. If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed and require some guidance when decluttering, there are many articles online that may help.

2. Choose a Minimal Color Palette

The most effective approach in creating a purposefully designed look is to make a specific color palette and go with it. Pick an eye-catching fabric, area rug, or artwork with different tones to establish the ideal color palette. Choose a few tones from the pattern, then use them to create flow as a basis for adjacent rooms.

3. Hang Curtains High

Before you start hanging your curtains, invest time choosing a pair that looks classy and creates a statement. There is no sense in putting time and cash into mediocre draperies in the name of covering your windows. When hung correctly, curtains can make the room look better and also visually enlarge a window. It will likewise draw in a lot of light.

Hang your drapes high since it will create the illusion of stature. It's better to mount the drapery pole 4-6 inches over the window edge to make your ceiling look taller. Embellishing your draperies can go a long way; tiebacks, decorative rods, and brackets are budget-friendly approaches to create an in-vogue look.

4. Layer Your Lighting

Lighting is an essential part of interior design and one that is commonly ignored. You need to have an assortment of light sources to create depth in the room. In any case, you don't need to spend a crazy amount to have great lighting. For example, you can use a classy pendant light instead of a conventional table lamp.

Another cost-effective approach is using plug-in sconces. Putting these close to furniture can effectively upgrade a room without bearing the expense of wall rewiring. Installing dimmer switches is another approach to make a house seem expensive—this allows you to change the lighting.

5. Use Hardwood Flooring

Aside from giving off an elegant and classic appearance, you can buy hardwood floors at an affordable price. Buying hardwood for your house is an investment; however, it is undoubtedly worth it. Hardwood is very durable, which is an excellent return for your investment, particularly if you will resell your house.

To take full advantage of your investment, you will need to choose between various kinds of wood, as a few are more costly than others. Since upgrading your floor into hardwood is pretty expensive, it is crucial to know how not to get ripped off when you eventually sell your house.

6. Multiple Mirrors

Adorning a space with decorative mirrors is a cheap and straightforward approach to immediately changing any room’s appearance. Mirrors can reflect light and expand the visual area. Take note that mirrors are incredible for opening up space and make it seem larger. Additionally, they can make a room feel more glamorous.

7. Hang Artworks

A simple and affordable way to make your house look expensive is to adorn its walls with unique artwork. However, prior to hanging any work, you need to sort out where you need to put the artwork and the appropriate method to hang it.

Ensure the pieces you select are the correct scale and size for the space you're decorating. Remember that it isn't necessary to hang artworks on each empty wall. Moreover, try not to hang too much so that the room looks cluttered.

8. Combine Textiles

Curtains, chairs, sofas, and throw pillows with a similar texture and fabric can make a room fall flat. Trade out dull throw pillows for an assortment of sizes and textures to effortlessly add dimension. Simply including a couple of shades that slightly vary from the colors you already have can effectively brighten the space.

9. Display an Antique

Antique pieces possess a patina that adds a sense of history and class to a house. You don't have to spend a large sum of money, simply find antique pieces that appear more expensive than they are.

Large-scale pieces like furniture, lamps, and mirrors are great; however, smaller accessories can likewise get the job done. Classy antique pieces can give your house a certain glam that makes it appear that you spent more than you did.

10. Set a Focal Point

Utilizing quality materials during the construction of your home certainly appears through in the final result. However, regardless of whether you did not initially build your home with high-end finishes, you can still add some in the present.

If you use a more costly material in a small region that serves as the room’s focal point, you can make the entire space appear more upscale. In any case, since it is only a tiny area, it doesn't cost as much as attempting to upgrade the entire space.

11. Place Indoor Plants

Any dull space will look more vibrant and put together with the right plants complementing it. Regardless of whether it's a vase loaded with flowers or one with twigs and acorns, these components of nature will make your home classy and polished.

12. Furnish With Proper Furniture

Your interior design scheme should highlight and maximize the space in your home. Buyers will likely see more potential in your house if you can make it feel more spacious. You can do this by furnishing your home with the proper furniture.

The furniture inside your house will determine how efficient it will be to move around. You can choose those that do not have protruding designs. Although it's a plus point if your house is well furnished, don't overspend on buying furniture. It may not always pay you as much as you want and contribute to the net proceeds you expect from your home sale.

As a beginner, you might be wondering, “what are net proceeds?” Net proceeds are the amount you will receive after selling your assets after all the expenses incurred are deducted from your gross proceeds. Your net proceeds must be calculated well to ensure that you get the right amount for the property sold.

13. Use Gentle Accessories

A critical component of your interiors is to give a neutral vibe to your prospective buyers. By doing this, they can visualize how they can make it their own. It will help if you use gentle accessories- from your walls, tables, doormats, to everything else. You can also utilize soft and inviting shades.

Giving careful thought into your home's textures and accessories can help impress potential buyers. However, keep in mind that you don't need to spend on expensive accessories. Simple touches like arranging whatever you have at home neatly and stylishly can do wonders on your house.

Final Thoughts

The current seller’s market provides the best opportunity for homeowners to sell their houses for a high price. However, despite the advantages that the market provides, you still need to put in the needed effort - especially if your house is a bit on the smaller side. Luckily, you can use an array of approaches to make your small house look luxurious and modern.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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