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Home Transformations: For Better or For Worse?

Home transformations are a great way to personalize your home and really make it your own, but if you're thinking about moving around and potentially selling the place, be aware of some changes that might be appealing to you, but not worth the compromise for prospective buyers.


Espcially right now, making use of extra space can seem like the smart thing to do, particularly if you have a sizeable, open concept living room or a larger studio. Putting up walls can effectively turn one room into two, creating a permanent work station or playroom instead of constantly reorganizing for different needs. A permanent wall can easily decrease appeal by making rooms appear much smaller than they actually are, disrupting natural lighting, or creating a mismatched overall look.


A splash of your unique creativity may excel at capturing your guests' attention and keep them asking questions, but it can be risky to assume that those looking for a new place to settle will be equally enthralled by the stark colours and unusual styles that made your home your prized piece of art. Opt to stick to designs and tones that resonate with the general population instead of only a select few, or consider having your home repainted prior to listing and marketing the property. Neutral shades and stylish yet classic furnishings are always a safe bet, especially if the buyer isn't interested in doing a complete transformation for themselves.


Sometimes home projects happen on a whim, fueled by a spontaneous moment of inspiration. Other times, it's impractical to have the entire home renovated all in one go. In these circumstances, despite there being a lag in the overall timeline, it's important to ensure that one change doesn't differ drastically from the next. If you're redoing the flooring in one room before moving on to the next room months later, keep in mind that too many different types of floor coverings can present a disorganized look. The same thing can be said about surfaces, colours, and furnishings. At the end of the day, they should all complement one another!

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