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Home Improvement Projects to Make Your Home More Desirable in 2017

Planning on selling your home? It might be a good time to start thinking about investing in home improvements. According to Redfin.com, here are some changes to consider, along with a couple you might want to let fall by the wayside.

Stainless-steel appliances

Stainless steel has been a popular feature to have in the kitchen for many years, and it’s no wonder why. Stainless-steel appliances have a sleek look and they’re easy to clean. Stainless steel also has become somewhat of a status symbol, with guests often in awe if your kitchen is dressed in name-brand stainless-steel appliances such as the popular brand Viking. Not into the stainless-steel look? Some homeowners also are opting for other types of material for appliances, including glossy black, brown or slate, depending on the kitchen decor. Matte black or slate is another option.

Smart homes

It looks like smart features are starting to make a comeback, with a 40.9 percent year-over-year increase from 2015 to 2016. This could be due to the ever-increasing intelligence of home technology as it develops from year to year. From controlling lights and the air-conditioning system with a phone, to connecting to home security systems from work, or being able to connect to multiple devices between rooms, people seem to love easy and efficient, which is the name of the game when it comes to home technology.

Quartz

Out of all of the materials, quartz is the one choice a person can make that will stand the test of time. Not only does it look fabulous in almost any kitchen, but it also is easy to maintain. If you want to wow potential homebuyers, quartz is leading the change for home-improvement projects over marble.

 Hardwood

While bamboo has been a hot item for the past few years, it looks like more homeowners now are leaning toward the traditional hardwood floors and other materials that resemble hardwood. This includes synthetic hardwood flooring, which is made of a composite material underneath and a hardwood finish on top and also is a more affordable option than 100-percent hardwood flooring. Nothing can beat the real thing, though, since you can refinish actual hardwood over and over again and it will last forever, unlike composite material, which can really only be refinished about two or three times.

 Built-in bar

This hot new trend is perfect for homeowners who like to entertain. The addition will give you a special space for everything you could need to host a party, such as wine and cocktail glasses, drink fixings and anything else for a ritzy gathering.

 Freestanding tub

This trend was super-hot back in 2014, but it looks like it is falling behind in the hot trends category and there could be a few reasons why. You really need to have the space to have a freestanding tub in your bathroom; this isn’t a trend you will find in most urban areas, where space is limited. This is more of a luxury item since it isn’t necessarily a “needed” amenity in a home.

 Minimalist living

What does living simply mean when it comes to home design? Think open floor plans, neutral tones for interior design and wallpaper that looks more like a coat of a paint than the busy prints of decades past. Also, the less cluttered and, well, personalized your house is when it hits the market, the easier it is for a potential homebuyer to envision living there themselves. So, it is definitely worth simplifying before putting your home on the market.

 Breakfast nook

While kitchen islands and peninsulas still are something people want in their homes, these areas usually are desired solely for more counter space. Separate breakfast nooks or eating areas other than the dining room just don’t seem to be cutting it in the trends department. So, you might want to spend your money elsewhere.