Add Character to Your Home without Losing Value

Your home is the place you’ve decided to open your eyes to every morning as you get ready to take on another day. It’s where you can escape the rest of the world and relax with the people you love the most; so you don’t want to feel that your home is bland, you want it to reflect who you are and the personalities of your family.

You may worry that adding too much character to your home will decrease its overall value when it comes time to sell, as remodelling your garage into a home office isn’t for everyone, but there are many ways to feel right at home in your home without reducing your sale value.

The first method to consider is using art to add some character to each room. Art is considered personal taste and whether you’re more drawn to abstract paintings, photographs or digitally enhanced designs, there will be certain pieces that speak to you and reflect who you are and what you like. Art doesn’t have to be expensive either; you can have posters framed or put on boards or canvasses or simply use your own photographs to add an even more personal touch.

Something else you can do is to make use of rugs throughout your home. When some people think of rugs they automatically think of their grandma’s house, but now there are so many different styles, colours and sizes of rugs to choose from that you’ll most definitely find some that suit the decor and personality of your living spaces. Rugs can add colour and warmth to a room and look especially nice with hardwood floors.

If you want to make permanent changes to your home you may want to consider moulding. There are many different ways that moulding can characterize and add richness to a room without being too obtrusive. If done right, crown moulding can certainly increase the value of your home while making it a more lively and beautiful space to live in.

Bring life to your home literally with plants and plant stands. You don’t want to turn your home into a jungle, but a few plants here and there can really add fresh character to certain rooms. What’s even more important is what you put the plants on or in; there are many ways to display greenery in your home to really make the most of the space. Don’t buy stands for your plants, buy stands for your spaces and then plants for those stands because your stands should last longer than your plants.

There’s no need to live in a house that doesn’t feel quite like home just because you plan on selling. These are just a few simple ways to add a little of your personality without affecting your resale value, and maybe even increasing it. The best part is that you can take most of this character with you to your new home too.

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Paul Baron

Paul Baron

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