New Design style, color, and patterns are a great way to keep your home looking fresh and current and also adds appeal to potential home buyers when you’re selling your home. When staging your home to sell, here are a couple of staging tips incorporating new design trends.
Color Thread – A new color can feel like it belongs if you repeat the color in different ways throughout a room and carry it through the house, like a thread of color weaving its way through each room in small but impactful ways.
Example, start with a bold area rug in the Great Room that introduces your new color palette. Add throw pillows, a pot with a live plant, a few accessories and maybe a piece of art that also have your new colors.
As you go through the house, find at least 3 areas in each room to bring your new colors in, subtle ways. It could be as simple as a few books on a shelf with your colors, a throw across the bed. Towels in the bathroom with bath soaps. Have a recipe book on the Kitchen counter open to a delicious looking recipe with your colors, a bowl of all the same fruit in your colors.
Painting or wallpapering a feature wall in the Great Room, or Master Bedroom with an element of your new color palette can add a wow factor to any room.
Match your decor to your home’s style and price range. It goes back to knowing who your buyer is, and creating the right lifestyle. For example, you wouldn’t want to use fussy traditional furniture in a desert contemporary home. If your home is high-end, then your accessories and furniture should also look high-end.
2018 Home Design Trends –
What to Ditch and What to Look for
OUT – Chevron Patterns and Gray
Time to ditch the Chevron pattern that we’ve seen everywhere from wallpaper to lampshades. Muted gray and white is on the way out, making way for color.
IN – Color
Warm rich color is making its way onto walls, moldings, and furniture in a big way. Peacock Blues and Greens, Burnt Orange, and even pops of “Gen Z Yellow”
OUT – White Kitchens and Large Range Hoods
All white Kitchens are still popular, however, black, two tone cabinets, and wood tone cabinets are the trend for 2018 with Quartz counters.
IN – Warm Woods and Integrated Range Hoods
OUT – White on White Everything
Monochromatic white on white interiors are giving way to more realistic lifestyles that include kids and dogs. Look for rich warm colors to show up in 2018.
IN – Warm Color
OUT – Farmhouse Style
The Farmhouse look has been in style for about 4 years. 2018 Style trends are moving toward minimal design.
IN – Warm and Minimal
Don’t miss the 32nd annual Southwest Arts Festival in Indio, hosted at the Empire Polo Grounds. This year’s festival will feature interactive art displays and live music, with pottery, glass and fine art painting. Enjoy the art surrounded by the natural beauty of the Santa Rosa Mountains with a variety of food and beverage options as you casually stroll the grounds. This is an internationally recognized cultural event featuring traditional, contemporary and abstract fine works of art by nearly 250 acclaimed artists from around the world.
After enjoying the Southwest Arts Festival, stop by to see this great home in Estacio!
You just found the Luxury Lifestyle you’ve been looking for in the sought after Gated Community of Estacio with low HOA’s. Welcome to Via Carisma! This exceptional home features over 2,300 Sq Ft with 4 Bedrooms including separate Guest House. Invite your Friends & Family, this home is designed for Entertaining with a free flow from inside to outdoor living with Lush Landscape & Spool with jets & Baja Tanning Shelf. This is a Great Room Floor-plan with Volume Ceilings, Architectural Detail, Fireplace & Chef’s Kitchen with Gas Cook-top, Dual Ovens, Breakfast Nook & Opens to Living & Dining. There are 3 bedrooms in the main house including a Luxury Master Suite that opens to the Backyard with Spool for an Evening Dip, plus large Guest House. Unique to this home is a new 5 Ton Lennox Signature AC system with computer controlled Variable speed. Enjoy an easy Lifestyle here, close to World Class Golf & Tennis, Hiking, Old Town La Quinta and El Paseo for Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment.
For Open House Dates and Times call us directly at (760) 218 – 5752 or email Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com
Thinking about doing some home improvements and worried you might be over-improving your home?
Upgrading and improving should definitely be taken into consideration when thinking about selling your home. But pulling out all the stops in your home renovation may not be the best choice.
When you sell, you won’t get 100% return on your remodeling investment, it can increase the value of the property and help your home sell faster, but it will rarely give you a dollar for dollar return.
It’s a good rule of thumb to make sure your renovations don’t put your home’s value any higher than 10% of the average cost of homes in your neighborhood.
Here are few tips to help you decide the best remodeling projects.
1.) How long do you plan on staying in your home?
In it for the Long Haul, Over-improving can be OK, if you plan on staying for many years. Improve to suit your own needs while, or because, you want to live in your home for many years… go for it and enjoy. Think of it in terms of getting value through enjoyment.
Short-timers, unless you purchased well below market, it’s best to limit your remodeling investment to smaller projects. Big improvements don’t necessarily yield big returns. Look at improvements through the lens of resale.
2.) Location? Do you own a $500,000 home in a $500,000 neighborhood? Doing a ton of renovations, then trying to sell for $800,000 would be an unrealistic strategy – you will over-improved and priced yourself out of your own neighborhood. Buyers get scared, they don’t want to buy the most expensive house on the street. If your renovation puts you at or above the highest price in the neighborhood, you’ll have a hard time at resale.
The opposite is true also, If your home is the shabbiest on a street of nicer homes, in this case, you do want to keep up with the Joneses.
Depending on your neighborhood and what buyers are looking for, you may need to do less – or potentially more – than you think.
3.) What market are you in? The first place to start when determining how much you should upgrade your house is the real estate market. Is it a Sellers Market or Buyers Market?
If there are a lot of nice homes for sale in your neighborhood and they’re not selling, it’s very likely a Buyer’s Market – which means home buyers have lots of homes to choose from. The homes with the nicest updates, lowest prices in better neighborhoods will go first. In a Buyer’s Market, you’ll likely need to do more to your home in order for it stand out and appeal to more buyers.
If you notice homes are selling quickly, then it’s likely a seller’s market. There aren’t as many homes for buyers to choose from so sellers can potentially get above asking with multiple offers. In this case, you can get away with doing fewer upgrades.
Knowing what market you’re in is an important factor when determining how much you need to upgrade your home.
4.) What does the neighborhood look like?
Are you in an older neighborhood? Doing renovations that make your home out of sync for the neighborhood, such as adding sleek contemporary renovations when the other homes are more traditional can make your home stand out the wrong way and can work against you
5.) What is the standard for the neighborhood?
If all of the homes in your neighborhood have updated Kitchen and Bathrooms and your home still has tile counters and aging appliances, both potential home Buyer’s and Appraisers will discount the value of your home based on what the standard is for the neighborhood. Look at what finishes the other homes have and try to emulate them as best you can while staying within your budget.
Staging your home during the holidays can be a challenge; it’s never fun to have your home on the market during the Holiday – it adds more stress to what can be an already stressful time of year. Many home sellers will take their home off the market during the Holiday Season and restart after the new year; which provides an opportunity for you to sell your home while there is less competition.
Unless you’re a Scrooge, we all like the glitter lights and colorful accents during the Holiday’s, it makes any home look more cheerful and inviting.
But, there are particular ways to decorate for the season that can make you happy and get your potential buyer excited about your home too.
Here’s a Crash Course – Essential Guide to Staging Your Home During the Holidays with ways to decorate your home for the Holiday without turning off your potential buyer.
1.) Less is More always holds true when staging your home to sell, but never more true than during the Holiday’s when we usually break out the full glitz and glam. Enhance features of your home with simple elegant touches. Such as, a Crackling Fire in the Fireplace with a simple vase of white flowers with Evergreens on the mantle adds the Holiday scent to the air and makes your home look and feel warm and cozy. A tall tree can highlight your volume ceilings.
2.) Celebrate with Color by complementing your current color palette – Make sure your Holiday collection matches your current decor. If your home is painted an ocean blue, skip the clash of red and green. Choose instead Branches, Pine cones, white accents with crystal, and silver. If your home is earth-tones, accent with rich tones including fresh greenery with cranberries and gold.
3.) Create a Cozy Vibe – A few subtle touches like a bowl of pinecones, an evergreen wreath, fire in the fireplace and a pot of cider simmering on the stove can say “come hither” to a potential buyer by creating a warm and festive feeling in your home.
4.) Light on Lights – While your home is on the market, Keep the inflatable snowman in the attic. One person’s “merry” is another persons “tacky”. Use simple white string lighting to play up your home’s architecture or draw attention to the beautiful landscape with mature trees.
5.) Keep it Simple – While your home is on the market, you’ll want to keep the knick-knacks, nativity scenes, stockings with all the kids and grandkids names, holiday cards packed away. Don’t feel obliged to hang every last ornament on the tree or display every decoration you’ve accumulated over the years, save them for next season in your new home. Limit yourself to a few well-chosen, elegant hints of Holiday Flair.
6.) Depersonalize the decorations – Think of decorating your home as packaging a product for sale, not personalizing one. Your personal life should not be prominently featured throughout the home. Remove the named stockings hanging on the mantle and overtly religious symbols. Find an out of sight place to collect holiday cards as they arrive, save photos of the grandkids first Christmas for next year in your new home.
Staging your home during the holidays and selling a home during the holidays can be a challenging experience, but it’s not impossible. If done well, decorating for the holidays and keeping your home on the market during the season can actually work to your advantage while there is less competition on the market.
Want more insider tips and tricks on staging your home to sell? Get a Free copy of our Essential Guide to Staging Your Home During the Holidays
Staging with Art
Art can be a great tool for Staging, and the right piece or grouping of art can pull miscellaneous styles and colors in a room together to make any room say
Staging art is different than a piece you may have purchased because it spoke to you and you chose for your personal enjoyment.
Staging art is used to fill empty walls, pull a room together and help create excitement in the buyer.
There are some guidelines you’ll want to follow when Staging with Art; both in the way you select the art and how you display your Staging Artwork.
Here are 6 Great Tips for Staging with Art to Help Sell Your Home.
1.) Color Matters; repetition of color is one of the most powerful ways to create a cohesive look. Find a piece of art that can become your reference point for your color scheme throughout the house, use it on throw pillows, flowers, rugs, and other decor items throughout the house. Think of a color thread that weaves from room to room.
2.) Sized to Fit the space; Too big and it will be overwhelming, too small and it will look out of proportion. A general rule of thumb, in any furniture setting; the art should be about 75% the width of the furniture piece or grouping. This helps make the art and furniture relate to one another.
3.) Collage; if you choose to make a collection of artwork, make sure they all have something in common, such as matching frames, theme, or color. Symmetry in a collage is most appealing and adds balance.
4.) One unit; think of the art and the furniture closest to the art as one unit. Example, if you have an entry table and you want to hang a piece of art above it, offset the art slightly with a tall flower arrangement or table lamp so the three pieces flow together as one unit.
5.) Match Style and Feel; If you have a large room with high ceilings and contemporary furnishings, you’ll want to hang large pieces of contemporary art. Likewise, if your furnishings are mostly antiques, then you’ll want to use antique style frames on any artwork you use.
6.) Reflect the beauty; Mirrors can add drama and transform a room if you know how to use them in the right place. When using mirrors, make sure it reflects something beautiful, not a blank wall or ugly room. Place mirrors in places that can reflect natural light into the room. Mirrors can also help make a small dark room look more spacious.
When you’re thinking about selling your Desert Home, staging can play an integral part in how much you can ask and receive for your home and how quickly it will sell. Having the right team on your side will make the difference and we’re on standby to help you make the most of your home sale; give us a call for more information (760) 218 – 5752
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Free Concerts in the Park
October 5 – 26 at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park.
Concerts in the Park Every May and October, Palm Desert rolls out the red carpet inviting all music lovers to gather for a month-long event at the Civic Center Park Amphitheater.
Residents and visitors alike flock to the Palm Desert Civic Center Park every Thursday evening in May and October for the City’s free Concerts in the Park. Held on the terraced lawn of the Civic Center Park Amphitheater.music lovers can look forward to diverse musical offerings that may range from reggae to R&B, and from country to indie.
Music lovers can look forward to a variety of musical offerings that can range from Reggae to R&B, and from Country to Indie.
Summer is over and it’s time to celebrate! Find your favorite rhythm and get into the swing of a New Season in the Desert! Just 5 minutes from Civic Center Park is this Palm Desert Getaway, a Single Family Pool Home with Guest House, Check it Out!
Here’s the October 2017 Line Up:
- October 5: The Long Run (Eagles Tribute band)
- October 12: The Dustbowl Revival
- October 19: Yachty by Nature
- October 26: AMFM
6 Signs You Might Be Your Own Worst Enemy When Selling Your Home
You’ve Had Your Home on the Market for a while now and all you hear are crickets….. very few showings and no offers. What’s the problem?
The Bad News? You could the problem.
The Good News, you’ve got the power to fix it.
1. Do your Listing Photos Make an Old Polaroid Look Good? Buyers cruise for homes from the couch. If your online photos look like a 4-year-old took them, you’ll lose buyer interest before they ever pull up to the curb. That’s why it’s important to work with a pro who knows how to make your home shine on camera. You’d be amazed at the difference the right lighting and a wide-angle lens can make when selling your home.
2. Buyers Can’t See the Counter for the Clutter. Let’s play a game of pretend. Imagine you’re about to move. What’s the first thing you do? Pack up! So here’s an important strategy, Start packing now! Every little thing you have sitting out shrinks your space and reminds buyers that someone else lives there. It’s time to give your stuff an eviction notice! Clear off every surface, get your furniture out of the way, and tidy up all storage areas.
3. Your Home Smells Like Warm Cookies and Wet Dog Your pup may be the cutest craze on YouTube, but cute doesn’t move real estate. If you want to attract buyers, you’ve got to pretend Lassie doesn’t live here anymore. Keep pets out of sight and out of mind by eliminating odors, stains, and half-chewed rawhides before your first showing. think about maybe sending your fur babies to Grandma’s house for an extended stay until your home sells.
4. You’re setting the wrong mood. Dark corners are not your friend. Bright rooms make your home look bigger when selling your home, so throw back the curtains and shine a light on every nook and cranny! Start by filling lamps and overhead fixtures with 100-watt bulbs. Add a warm and cozy feel with a few candles and a fire in the fireplace.
5. Three’s a Crowd – News flash: You and your home are not a matching set! Sticking around for showings does nothing but make everyone feel awkward. Leave the questions to the agent and give the buyer room to look around without you breathing down their neck. After all, do you really want to stand in the way of the buyer’s ability to see your house as their dream home?
6. The Price is Wrong – It’s hard to put a price on the place that’s housed so many memories over the years. We get it! But it’s time to set sentiment—and your mortgage statement—aside and be realistic about what someone will pay for your home. An experienced real estate agent will help you price your home competitively based on current market values.
If you’ve had your desert home on the market and aren’t sure why it hasn’t sold, we can help. Give us a call today to find out more. Call Cathi and Ben Walter (760) 218 – 5752 or send us an email we’re happy to help.
Should You Remodel or Buy New? It’s a big question, not all remodeling projects will return your cash investment and that may be okay if you’re doing it to enhance your lifestyle and you plan on living in your home for many more years.
However, if you think you might move in the next 3 – 5 years you should know what the best home improvements are for the highest return. Or it may make more sense for you to find a home that better fits your lifestyle and needs.
We’ve created this Checklist to help you think through all the steps of Remodeling. The purpose is to address all aspects of your Remodeling Project and the process, so you can clearly define what you really want to accomplish, arrive at a practical end product in a style that suits your family and within your budget.
FIRST, SOME BROAD QUESTIONS:
Off the top of your head, what are the Top 3 priorities that immediately come to mind when you think about you remodeling project?
Are You Planning to Remodel the Entire Space, (Interior and / or Exterior) Or Partial remodel such as Kitchen or Bathrooms?
Do you have a budget in mind?
What is the low, medium and
your “Not to Exceed” Budget?
What is your timeline?
Do you have a drop dead date the remodel
must be completed by?
ABOUT The space –
What will it be used for and Who will use it?
Is this currently, or will it become your
Will it be used as a rental for income?
How many Adults, Children, Pets?
Any Special Needs?
Counter Heights, Door Width,
Handicap, Elderly or Small Children?
Is Entertaining Important?
Your Entertaining Style is:
Formal / Informal / Both
How many guests typically?
What type of entertaining?
Meals, Music, Games, Movies, BBQ?
Any Special Cooking Facilities Required?
Professional Grade Appliances
Island with Second Prep Sink
Walk In Pantry
Does More Than One Person Cook at a Time?
Where Do You Like To Eat Meals?
Dining Table, Kitchen Table, Kitchen
Counter, Family Room, Other?
Reading, Cooking, Home Theater, Music,
Crafts, Sewing, Sports, Other?
Any Technical Needs?
Computer, Laptop, Docking Station,
Charging Station, Wireless Hub, Satellite,
Surround Sound, Home Theater
Any special needs such as Soundproofing,
Computers, Task Lighting, Storage, Printer
Locations that may need more lighting?
Specialized Lighting for Art (niches or walls)
Bathroom or Kitchen Task Lighting
Family or Living Room Ambient Lighting
Garage Cabinets / Closet Organizers
Books, Holiday Decorations, Kitchen
Appliances or Serving Dishes
Patio Dining, Covered Outdoor Living, Pool,
Spa, Fire pit, Outdoor Kitchen with BBQ, Sun
Deck, Private Spa, Putting Green, Fountain
or Water Feature, Courtyard Garden Entry.
Wet or Dry Bar with or without Seating,
Built in Refrigerator, Fireplace in Living or
Master Suite, Separate Closets in Master,
Do You Want to Add or Enlarge?
A room or Guest House?
AC to Garage
Home Theater or Sound System
Do You Want to Add or Enlarge – Continued
Home Automation System –
What will it control?
Remote Controlled Window Coverings
Remove a Wall to Open two rooms together
Security Screens or Gates
Are “Green” Objectives important to you?
Energy Audit for Cost vs benefit Analysis
Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling
Energy Efficient Appliances
Backup Generator System
Low Water Landscape
Low Water Fixtures
Indoor Air Quality – Duct Cleaning
Dual Pane Windows, Low “E”
What Atmosphere Do You Want to Create?
Casual, Formal with defined spaces, Clean
Lines, Warm & Cozy, Open Light and Airy,
Elegant, Sophisticated, Lived In, Romantic,
What is Your Style?
Tuscan, Beachy, Old World, Mediterranean,
Cottage, Art Deco, Asian, Tropical, Mission,
Southwest, Modern Minimalist,
Color and Tone Preferences:
Lighter or Darker
Cool such as Blue, Gray, Black, White,
Warm such as Earth Tones Beige, Brown,
Subtle Tones or Bold and Bright
Colors You Dislike:
Hard Surface Material You Like?
Hard Materials You Dislike?
Wood, Cork, Bamboo, Carpet, Marble,
Stone, Concrete, Ceramic or Porcelain Tile,
Saltillo Tile, Combination, Other
Counter / Vanity Preferences?
Granite, Marble, Quartz, Tile, Wood
Stone, Texture, Wallpaper, Contrast Paint
Window Treatment Preference?
Bermuda Shutters, Verticals Blinds, Pleated
Shades, Motorized Solar Shade, Drapes,
Roman Shades, Grass Roll up, Ceiling
Pockets for Disappearing Electric Shades
Door and Cabinet Hardware Preference?
Knobs, Levers, Pulls Bronze, Chrome, Satin
Nickel, Brass, Other
Cabinet Finish and Door Style Preference?
What Style do you like?
Stained or Painted
Wood interior or Melamine
Full extension drawers
Corner Turn Table
Custom Built or Pre Fab Cabinets
How do you use your Kitchen?
Do you want family and Guests in the Kitchen to Help or Do You Prefer the Kitchen to be a Separate Room out of sight?
How many Cooks in the Kitchen at the same time?
Is the Primary Cook Left or Right Handed?
Does the Cook Have Any Special Needs?
Do You Use Caterers to Prep, Serve and Clean Up for Entertaining?
KITCHEN – continued
Where do you want the family to eat?
Are there Small Children to Accommodate?
Do you want the Kitchen Open the Family Room?
Do you Want a Formal Dining Room?
Seating for how many people
What is Your Cooking Style?
Do you Bake
What Type of Food Prep Do You Need?
Daily Heat & Serve
Daily Full Course Meals
Weekend Family Meals
Computer or Recipe Desk
Homework or Craft Station
Integrated Refrigeration Drawers
ORIENTATION OF KITCHEN
Partition walls be removed or altered?
Florescent Lighting to be Removed?
Relocate the Sink or Appliances
Add a Gas Line
Add a Second Water line and Drain
Add an Island
Reconfigure or add a Work Triangle
Add More Lighting
EQUIPMENT TO INCORPORATE INTO KITCHEN
Professional / Residential Grade Appliances,
Microwave, Trash Compactor, Icemaker,
Dishwasher, Separate Cooktop with Gas or
Electric, Double Ovens, Convection Oven,
Built In Refrigerator / Freezer: style and size,
Double or Single Bowl Sink, Second Sink, Pot
Filler at Cook Top, Instant Hot, Filtered
Water, Updraft or downdraft vent,
Architectural hood, Wine Cooler.
Do You shop in bulk and need extra storage?
What cooking equipment needs to be accommodated, i.e. Pots, Pans, Small Appliances
Specialized Storage such as spices, cleaning supplies, baking equipment, cutlery, plastic storage containers, non-refrigerated foods
Recycling receptacles and location
Display Storage such as Cookbooks, Dinner or
QUESTIONS TO ANSWER
Are there enough electrical outlets
Do you need to bring a Gas Line in
Is there enough light
Add recessed lighting
Are light switches where you want them
Add dimmer switches
Is ventilation and cooking exhaust adequate
Preferred cabinet door style
Cabinet Facing Material,
Wood Stained, Painted or Washed,
Laminate or Thermofoil
QUESTIONS TO ANSWER
Wall and Ceiling Paint Color
Pedant, under cabinet, recessed, display
How with the Bathroom be Used?
Is it for personal, family or guest use? Are there special needs now or in the future such as height, handicap, small children, etc.?
Do you need to accommodate any non-traditional activities such as Laundry or Washing Pets?
How much Storage do you need?
ORIENTATION OF BATHROOM
Is the Bathroom large enough
Can you relocate a door or window to help
Is it connected to a Bedroom as you like
Is there enough natural light
Add a skylight or solar tube
Remove Tub and Add Walk in Shower
Change or Upgrade Toilets
Shower for One or Two People
Adjustable Show Heads
Multiple Shower Heads
No Enclosure, Walk In
Pedestal Sinks or Vanity Cabinets with Sinks
Vessel Style Sinks
Chrome, Satin Nickel, Brass, Bronze Fixtures
Salon Style Storage for Hair Dryers, Curling Iron
Electrical Outlets inside Drawers or Cabinets
Towel Bars how many, location
Towel and Linen Storage in or near the Bath
Add Storage or Closet System to Closet
BATHROOM STYLE, APPEARANCE & FINISH
Cabinets, Single or Double Vanity
Recessed Medicine Cabinet
Wall to Wall or Framed Mirrors
3 Way Mirror
Knee recess / Makeup Mirror
Cabinet Door Style, Finish
Shower and Tub Surround Material
Wall and Ceiling Paint Color
ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SYSTEMS
Does the Heating and Air Conditioning
System Operate Adequately?
How old is the Water Heater?
Would you consider Tankless Water Heater
Do you want to add water saving fixtures
Are electrical outlets GFCI protected
Hard wired smoke, carbon monoxide, and home
Add Solar Panels
Depending upon the layout of your home, it may be possible to add a room without adding to the building’s footprint. Example, you may be able to convert part of Laundry Room into a Powder Room.
Make a sketch of the layout you want, collect Magazine Clippings, Photos, and bookmark Websites that Illustrate Your Favorite Look and incorporate into an Idea Book where you keep all of your best ideas in one place.
There are many things to consider as you start thinking about a Kitchen Remodel. Here’s a Quick Reference Guide so you don’t end up with a Kitchen Design You May End Up Regretting
Forgetting about Functionality
Functionality should be at the forefront of your kitchen design. The kitchen work triangle is definitely something you want to keep in mind as you plan. This triangle is defined as the busiest areas in the kitchen including the sink, stove, and refrigerator. You want to make sure these key appliances are in an efficient location that are relevant to one another and not floating off in space.
Installing the Microwave Above the Stove
While this has been a standard practice for many years, it’s on the way out. Homeowners prefer a nice looking vent hood over the cooktop and keeping access to the entire family has become more important. Think about moving the micro to an appliance nook, or built into a cabinet.
Large pot racks over the Kitchen Island has been a long time Kitchen Design trend which is also on its way out. Homeowners prefer to have their pots and pans neatly concealed in drawers.
Dismissing The Future
Trends and personal preferences have the tendency to throw us off our game and influence us to make decisions based off of what’s hot at the present moment. It’s highly recommended you design with the future in mind and not let yourself be swayed by what you loved years ago.
Oftentimes, homeowners forget to keep in mind that designing a new kitchen is an upgrade. It’s an investment and necessary to keep up with the times so that you can sell your house one day, and hopefully, make some or all of your money back.
Selecting Appliances Last
Appliances don’t necessarily make the kitchen, but they’re one of the most important aspects of your space. They’re a critical part of the design because they need to look nice and fit with your family and lifestyle.
You may initially think that choosing your appliances is something you want to save for last, however, it should be done the other way around. Your cabinet maker will need the dimensions before starting. That way you know everything will fit properly.
The Farmhouse Sink
Also a fading trend, you rarely see a Farmhouse sinks installed in new renovation projects. Single Basin, stainless sinks are practical and in style.
Gone are the Faux finished walls. Simple is better. Go with fresh paint in bold or neutral tones – even a clean wallpaper design can be great.
Skimping on Storage
The longer you live in your home, the more stuff you’ll accumulate. Skimping on small add-ons and storage features can be a big mistake.
Gone are the days of faux cabinet fronts. Nowadays, homeowners are using every nook and cranny possible for storage.
The details are where the magic happens, while clean simple lines are the right way to go, having something that pops with color & a special design element will make the difference and a custom backsplash can the perfect way to incorporate those details.
Lighting is one of the most important elements of both form and function and no place to get skimpy. You can never have too much light in a Kitchen, add dimmers so you can set the mood, or brighten dark corners.
Minimal backsplashes are out and for good reason, they make the Kitchen look low grade and cooking splatters will mark the wall. Full Backsplashes from counter top to Upper Cabinet looks better and is easier to keep clean.
Homeowners want solid surface countertops not only for a great look but also for practical purposes. Tile with grout is a nightmare to keep clean. Ceasar Stone, Quartz, Granite, and Marble are the trend and preferred counter materials.
If you’re thinking about remodeling your home to sell, give us a call before you start.
Call Cathi at (760) 218 – 5752 or Email her at Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com. They will be happy to do a consultation with you to help identify your best investment for return.