Add a Touch of Elegance to Help Your Home Stand Out Among the Competition

By Keith Loria

When preparing your home for sale, attracting the attention of prospective buyers is the key to success. While there are various ways to ensure your home stands out above the rest—raking in the most attention—one simple way to add a touch of elegance to your home is through the use of crown molding.

Even though most real estate professionals will tell you that it’s an upgrade that won’t really increase the value of the home, it can separate yours from the competition. If house hunters are comparing yours to a similar home at a similar price, the addition of crown molding might be the difference that puts your home over the top.

When done properly, crown molding can make ceilings look higher, rooms more interesting and give a home a more unique feel. Plus, it can be used in virtually any room in the house and create the “wow” factor that people crave. These little touches of accent can help get a buyer interested.

A recent study by the National Association of Home Builders revealed that 12 percent of homebuyers considered crown molding essential, 51 percent said it was desirable, 32 percent were indifferent and five percent said they didn’t want it.

Crown molding doesn’t just have to be used at the base of a wall either. It can also be used to separate wall and floor, and other types of molding delineate windows, doors, fireplaces and more.

Unless you’re truly handy, don’t attempt to install the crown molding yourself. While it may look simple enough, it takes precise measuring, special tools and a lot of patience. Finding an expert won’t put you out too much money, and you’ll be glad you did when it’s finished.

Once up, a good tip is to paint the crown molding off-white, instead of white. Crown molding will collect dust and the white color will make it look dingy. Also, you should paint it a different color than the ceiling or wall to really have it stand out. Finally, having all crown molding the same color throughout the house will create a unified look, which is welcomed by homebuyers.

For more information about incorporating crown molding into your home, contact our office today.