Think You Got an “Ugly” Duluth House?

For starters, we wouldn’t exactly call any home ugly because we believe that every place has a story. Think about centuries-old mills, dilapidated barns, and abandoned, rickety fishing shacks; at first glance, you couldn’t really tell whether the place has any future or not. But to the right buyers, places like these are one of a kind gems.

Even real estate that wasn’t initially built for residential purposes are now being converted to unique short term rentals, and the market for it is insane. So whether you are interested in transforming your home to a short term rental or sell it permanently, here are some ideas on how to make it look awe-spiring for your potential renters/buyers.

Minimalistic Designs

Uncluttered, neutral color palette, clean lines, and simplicity are just some of the concepts associated with minimalist design. However, the purpose of having a minimalist home design is not just for visual satisfaction. Instead, it aims to give its dwellers a sense of serenity, comfort, and security amidst the hustle and bustle of the outside world. A place to just breathe, relax, think about the good things, and recharge.

To achieve a minimalist design, you don’t have to buy white paint or buy simple artwork. If it’s not in your budget, you can just declutter and retain the stuff that has function and gives value. Imagine a blank canvass, then slowly add items that you will repeatedly use for 365 days a year. That may include your gas stove, refrigerator, bed, couch, and multipurpose table.  Remember, less is more.

Do-It-Yourself Designs

Interior design is a form of art.  It doesn’t have to be restricted within the design boundaries of the world’s famous because you can always add in your personal take on minimalism. And thanks to the internet, millions of design inspirations are made available for you to scroll through.

Minimalist design elements can be combined with other design elements to achieve a uniquely blended atmosphere. For the Marc-Michaels team, you can achieve a modern minimalist design yourself if you take out baseboards and crown moldings.  Likewise, according to interior designer and founder of Object & Us Paige Geffen, taking out your bed frame and bringing your mattress closer to the ground will imbibe a more natural design, bringing wellness and inner peace. Just remember that at the end of the day, you’d want people to feel at ease and calm in your space.

During the early months of the Coronavirus pandemic, a lot of people spent most of their time indoors, giving them the opportunity to work on their home. The trend for D.I.Y home improvements increased as the months progressed and these were some of the improvements that people were very interested to do by themselves:

popular DIY home improvements for ugly houses
Source: ICHS, Harvard

Low-Cost Decorations

Budget designs are often interchanged with D.I.Y.  designs because most people looking to D.I.Y. are those who want to cut costs. But don’t get confused, as not all D.I.Y plans are low cost. Some people, who aren’t familiar with the interior design market, can sometimes end up buying relatively expensive stuff.

Ideally, zero cost is the ultimate goal here. But if you don’t find stuff you already own that could add more appeal to your home, here are some stuff you can buy at low prices:

  • Indoor plants.  Plants are everywhere. With today’s work from home and hybrid work set-up, the market for indoor plants have flourished even during the peak of the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020. With so many people venturing into the small plant business, prices for indoor plants remain reasonable. Just don’t buy the rare ones — they can be pretty expensive.
  • Throw pillows. Thanks to Amazon, you can buy throw pillows for $7 and cover them up with the nicest $4 pillow covers.
  • Wooden items from a thrift store. If you’re looking for the best bargains in town, thrift stores and weekend markets are the best.What’s even exciting about these stores is that you can get lost within hundreds of design pieces, both functional and aesthetic. And, if it’s your lucky day, you might even be able to bargain for much lower prices. 
  • Printed art frames

Framed art is expensive when it’s custom made by the artist. But, some companies mass-produce art wall designs by simply printing the artwork on paper and framing it. These types of décor are cheap, especially when the frame’s material is not hardwood. You can find plenty of these in major shopping centers and thrift stores.

Virtual Redesign

Virtual room designing apps have been making waves in the real estate industry in recent years.  It’s primary market? Fixer-upper investors. If you think your house is not pleasing to look at, you can redesign it virtually so your buyers can see the potential in your home.  Through virtual redesign, you don’t have to find an investor-buyer who has great talent in spotting opportunities. Instead, you can accommodate retail buyers and help them see the great things about your home virtually.

Professional Home Buyers

Minimal redesigns can amp up the vibe of your home to whole new levels. The catch here only is that you allocate time to prep and redesign your home.  However, if you think you don’t have the time to do all of these, but you need to sell your home as soon as possible already, you can also consider selling your home to us at Spire Home Buyers. At Spire, we don’t make a cash offer right away. Instead, we’ll help you explore all other options first so you can make a well-informed decision. Learn more about our services by calling (678) 318 – 1801, or take a minute to leave us your contact information in the form below, and we’ll contact you shortly.


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