Unless you have been living under a rock for the last several years, you know the extraordinary impact of the hit HGTV show Fixer Upper. While the final episode of the series has already aired, Chip and Joanna Gaines’ influence is not expected to falter any time soon.
As a matter of fact, the farmhouse-inspired interior design has transcended into the real estate market, making homes that emulate that rustic or “shabby chic” vibe all the more desirable. In turn, a recent report from RealEstate.com has confirmed that such updates will have a positive impact on housing prices, boosting them by as much as a 34 percent sales premium.
If such a renovation tactic interests you, below are some simple steps you can take to add that farmhouse flair and turn a profit.
Every shabby chic aficionado knows the core materials of the style: metal, stone, and wood. Take a close look at your space and think of all of the ways you could possibly mesh such materials with the home’s current build and design. For instance, you could replace a tile backsplash with imitation stone, install faux wooden beams in a room with a particularly high ceiling, or even spruce up the front porch with some galvanized planters or outdoor furniture.
Regardless of your aesthetic, your kitchen will always remain the most important room, as it is considered to be the heart of the home. Ensure you captivate prospective buyers by putting a special emphasis on the kitchen. This could be achieved by replacing light fixtures, updating flooring, or even giving your cabinets a fresh coat of paint. Such changes are especially popular in shabby chic homes, and are relatively inexpensive for the owner to execute.
In the farmhouse style, there really is no right or wrong way of decorating. After all, if a piece is considered to be antique or rustic, it will easily fit into the aesthetic you have built. Therefore, you could easily find a number of hanging pieces, shelving units, or smaller decor at a local flea market. This approach prevents you from spending too much on staging your home, thus giving you the opportunity to allocate funds to more pressing projects.
Clearly, one only needs to make minimal improvements to drastically boost the desirability and selling price of their home. Even so, it will certainly be interesting to see how this trend continues to fuel preferences in the real estate market.