5 Living Room Looks

It’s hard to believe another fall season is already here. But with school in session almost everywhere and pumpkins emerging on doorsteps, it’s safe to say that summer is officially over. And as you look ahead to more time spent indoors this autumn, you might be wondering how to make your interiors cozier.

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Improvement, DIY Likely to Be Habits With Staying Power

Home improvement has become a big buzzword in the pandemic—and it’s a trend that will likely stick around following the pandemic.

Big box retailers, like Home Depot and Lowe’s, have seen a significant boost in demand for supplies as homeowners have rushed in to spruce up their nests during the COVID-19 outbreak.

And it doesn’t look like they’re running out of projects yet. More than 88% of 1,000 consumers recently surveyed by Wells Fargo say they expected to increase their retail spending in the second half of the year on items such as appliances and electronics. Home improvement was the biggest category for expected spending.

Both recent moves and continued additional time at home are motivating factors to tackle home improvement. About 14% of respondents said they have recently moved or have plans to move due to the pandemic. Further, more than half reported they expect to work from home into 2021.

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DIY Home Staging

Home staging can seem like a magical process—transforming your cluttered, uninspired bungalow into a dream home that instantly inspires multiple offers. A professional stager will have knowledge on the most desirable design trends and bring stylish furniture and accessories to transform your home. But if your budget doesn’t accommodate this oft-pricey service, fear not.

Home sellers who want to present their home in a tasteful way can do so with the tips below from design-minded experts. The best news is, they’re all styling tricks you can pull off yourself.

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Home Staging in a Hurry

Selling your home these days takes more than just finding an agent and listing it. You’ve got to really sell it. That means impressing buyers the second they walk in the door.

One of the best ways to do this? Home staging, where your home’s decor undergoes a makeover in order to entice home buyers to swoon and make an offer.

But who has time for that? Hiring a pro is pricey (here’s more on how much home staging costs). Plus a pro can’t do all of the work; you’ll still need to do some sprucing up if you have an unexpected showing.

So if the clock is ticking, here are home staging tips and tricks that you can pull off fast, depending on how much time you have—from an hour to just 5 minutes.

Exterior Things You Shouldn’t Miss During a Home Video Tour

In the age of coronavirus, video tours are quickly becoming the go-to alternative to in-person tours. But for prospective buyers, there’s more to the process than asking your smartphone-wielding agent to show you the chef’s kitchen and that walk-in closet one more time. In fact, there’s also a whole other world outside waiting for you to explore—virtually.

Sure, you probably are already fond of the home’s curb appeal. (It’s what attracted you in the first place, right?) But since you can’t be there in person, your agent should show you the exterior—and the yard—from all angles.

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Things To Ask Your Agent During a Video Tour of the Kitchen

Video tours have become an indispensable tool for house hunters in the COVID-19 era, although they do have their drawbacks—you won’t notice a bad odor through a video screen, after all.

And if there’s one room for which you really need a sense of how you’ll be able to use it, it’s the kitchen. After all, it needs to work for your needs, whether you’re enjoying a peaceful cup of coffee in the morning, putting together school lunches, baking some of that quarantine sourdough, or (someday) entertaining friends and family.

That’s why you’ll need to pay attention to the details that matter in the kitchen when you do a virtual video tour with your agent—sometimes, the smallest ones can make a big difference. Here are the things agents say you should be sure to check out over video.

Hidden Problems in a Living Room

The living room is one of the most important spaces to scrutinize when you’re house hunting. After all, that’s where you’ll unwind after a long day, share laughs with friends when you host game night, or find solace in a good book, curled up next to the fireplace.

But riddle us this: How can you fully inspect the living room when you’re not even there?

As the COVID-19 pandemic has trudged on, virtual and video home tours have become crucial to home buyers. Technology allows us to feel like we’re actually there. But there are some drawbacks—you won’t notice a bad odor or noisy neighbors through a video screen, for instance. No, to get a complete picture of the space you’re looking to drop a down payment on, you need to rely on your agent to be your eyes, nose, and ears.

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