July 15, 2015
When buying or selling a home it can be easy to overlook that age-old adage, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” The eye can be deceptively judgmental at the first glance of any prospective home.
More often than not, however, driving by a home you planned to visit because the shutters gave you the jitters is probably a bad idea. There can be – and usually is – hidden beauty in homes ranging from the classic to the contemporary. Usually, it’s only a matter of opening the book in the first place that leads way to the discovery of hidden treasures around the home.
Perhaps the most realistic place to start searching is underfoot. It is absolutely amazing just how many traditional carpeted homes have eloquent hardwood flooring hidden under, for instance, old and dusted shag carpets. Not only are those carpets a health concern, but they are also a blight on the overall aesthetic of your home.
To remedy that issue, a solution is simple. You can easily pull up the carpet and refinish the original flooring underneath, on a small budget, in turn lending a new look to one of your home’s original markers.
Next, look up! The attic can undoubtedly be a great place to find hidden treasures that can ultimately add to the overall resale value of your home. How so, you ask? Well, in the attic – where old sneakers are typically stored alongside broken Christmas tree lights – there may be real hidden value.
It may well be time to clean out the clutter and get creative! In fact, the very top of your home can be a place to build a new room or master suite, effectively boosting the resale value of your home. While it can admittedly be expensive to remodel an attic, it can also be a unique means of hiking the resale value of your home.
Depending on how long you have lived in your current home, it may well be that you have become accustomed to seeing something, a room say, a certain way. Don’t hesitate to rearrange furniture that hasn’t moved in decades and organize the cupboards and closets that haven’t been touched in years.
Finding the hidden treasures in your home can really be as simple as moving a few items from one place and storing them in another. Whether you are buying or selling a home this summer, make sure to hunt for the hidden treasures before your very eyes!