Painting is one way to personalize without long-term commitment.

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An important question to ask yourself is, “When do I plan on moving?” If the answer is in the next 3-5 years, pay extra special attention to the choices you make. If you over personalize, or make radical changes to suit your specific lifestyle, you may discover it will be a disadvantage to you come listing time. Don’t worry, though – there are ways you can incorporate your preferences in a fashion that can be easily remedied when you are ready to sell.

For example, if you are remodeling a bath, choose neutral tile or stone colors, but add flair with a whimsical light fixture of your choice and one wildly painted accent wall (if that is your thing). Painting over one wall and replacing a lighting fixture is certainly easier and less expensive than tearing out that tomato red tile that looked so chic in the showroom, but will be jarring to the average buyer.

Instead of walling up a portion of an already small living space to create a workout area or a home office, get creative with the use of semi-permanent room dividers that can easily be removed. For ideas, just Google “Room Dividers” and click “Images.” I bet you will be thrilled at the cool ideas people are coming up with. With walls, there are a myriad of very easy to apply removable wall stencils available so you can inject style and color over a neutral wall to really jazz it up. Again, try Google – you will find styles to different rooms and tastes. You will find that many of them are surprisingly high quality. It is imperative to put a stamp on your surroundings, but consciously designing in a manner for future buyers will absolutely pay off in the long run.

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