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5 Tips from the Best Home Improvement Shows

Learn tips from your favorite home improvement show hosts on how to prepare your home for sale. Find out what renovations have the best return on investment and which improvements to avoid. Discover how some of your favorite stars contradict each other with home remodeling advice.
5 Tips from the Best Home Improvement Shows

Even if you are not a fan of the best home improvement shows, the future buyer of your home may be. While preparing to sell your house, it may benefit you to binge-watch some of the most recent episodes of Fixer Upper or Property Brothers to see what tips they have for selling quickly.

It's also always a good idea to seek out the advice of professionals who know what looks are prevalent in your specific area. Connect with a local expert who will tell you what improvements will give you the biggest return on your investment.

Fixer Upper

Chip and Joanna Gaines have built an empire based on their décor ideas, cuteness quotient, and marketing savvy. What do they say about how to prepare your house for the market?

In interviews, Joanna Gaines says the most essential part of staging a home for sale is to remove extra furniture and make everything shine. This is excellent advice, but anyone who watches their show knows that one of the first things they do in every episode is to remove the popcorn ceilings.

This process is messy but not necessarily difficult. Your buyers, especially millennial buyers, will be on the lookout for this dreaded ceiling modification, so you may want to consider removing it before putting your house on the market.

Gaines has also said that even though many professional home stagers advise clients to remove personal photographs from the home before showing it to potential buyers, she likes seeing photos of happy families. She thinks it helps buyers imagine their own families having happy memories within the walls of the same home.

Property Brothers

The Property Brothers do not agree with leaving personal effects lying about the house during a showing. Besides encouraging homeowners to remove family photos and artifacts, they also say to pay attention to the lighting in the home.

Play with different types of light bulbs to determine which is the best lighting for different rooms. Utilize floor lamps and keep windows uncovered as much as possible to bring in natural light. You may even want to take off the screens from your windows to showcase your bright and (hopefully) clean windows.

Flip or Flop

Speaking of windows, Flip or Flop hosts Tarek and Christina suggest that you replace the windows of a home if they happen to face a busy street. Good windows should be able to block any outside noise during the showing so buyers can focus on the interior features of the home.

Don't forget to make sure those windows and doors are closed during each showing.

This Old House

The hosts of some of your favorite home improvement shows were not even born when This Old House began airing.

The show's website offers a ton of good advice for those preparing their house to sell, and most of it revolves around the kitchen.

Consider opening up a dark kitchen by painting the cabinets a lighter color and installing new hardware. Install under-cabinet lighting in kitchens to brighten up dark countertops.

Because the bulk of the show involves renovating older homes, the hosts also advise that you hire your own home inspector before putting the house on the market. This way you can uncover any potential issues before your buyer does.

No matter what home improvement show you watch, almost all of the stars offer the same warning on home renovation. Home remodeling takes a lot of time and money. Even though you see magic transformations occur in less than an hour on TV, real life isn't the same.

Before you bite off more than you can chew, talk with a local realtor to see what projects you should complete before you sell your home. Reach out to a Clever Partner Agent working in your area to learn more about the expectations of buyers in your area.

See if your local real estate professionals agree with the advice from your favorite TV hosts. Reach out to Clever today.


Jamie Ayers
Jamie Ayers

Jamie is the Director of Content at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you with top real estate agents and helps you save thousands on commission. In the past, Jamie has managed columns for clients in a variety of leading business publications, including Forbes, Inc., CEO World, Entrepreneur, and more. At Clever, Jamie's primary goal is to provide home sellers, buyers, and investors with the information they need to successfully navigate the ins and outs of the real estate industry.

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