Get Your Home “For Sale” Ready With These Simple and Wallet-Happy Design Tips 

Have you been thinking about selling your home but overwhelmed by the thought of getting your house/condo ready for the market? Maybe there are certain projects you’ve been putting off –  like that kitchen renovation or the new vanity installation in the bathroom. I truly believe updating your house doesn’t have to be a stressful process or an expensive one. Here are 4 simple design tips that elevate the look of your home for less. 

Paint, Paint, Paint. 
Freshen up your walls with modern neutrals and don’t forget the trim. Crisp white trim in a home goes such a long way! Freshly painted hallway walls are especially important as they make the first impression!  Also consider a statement front door in navy blue, black or even red – as this can dramatically update the look and feel of your home. 

Elevate the Clean.
Give your home a deep clean including windows, walls, light fixtures, ceilings, appliances and trim. If you don’t have the time to do this, consider calling a good local cleaning company to help get the job done. A spotless and well-organized home is often inexpensive but will add so much value to your home. 

Plant Power. 
Adding green plants help make the home feel cozy and fresh. Not sure how many plants to buy? Typically one plant in each room does the trick i.e. one plant in the kitchen, living room, dining room, hallway. Mix and match the sizes. IKEA has a wide range of house plants for less. 
Get Rid of the Smells. 
Really? Yes. Unpleasant odours in your home are a big turn-off. Whichever room is the culprit (basement, laundry, bedroom), adding a pleasant scent that will be natural in the home, goes a long way. Think Fresh Linen, Birch or Evergreen. Stay away from sweet smells like baked cookies, cinnamon or vanilla as they can be too strong and off-putting.
Putting your home on the market doesn’t have to be stressful. These simple and inexpensive tips are often the only upgrades your house needs to put that for sale sign up! Connect with me today for a complimentary design consultation at

Dominique Milne is an experienced real estate broker, with a deep passion for all things Ottawa. She is committed to providing exceptional customer service and building relationships that go much farther than the sale of a home. Connect with Dominique today to start your home-buying journey.