It is very important for realtors to stay up to date regarding the hottest remodeling and style trends for their clients. Sellers look to their real estate agent to provide them with guidance as to any improvements they should make prior to putting their house on the market. An updated home will appeal to more buyers and command a higher price than an outdated property. It usually doesn’t take too much to get a house market ready.
Currently one of the hottest trends is using reclaimed lumber and timber including barnwood to create a sense of warmth and classic style. If you’re familiar with Restoration Hardware (RH) or Pottery Barn, you’ve familiar with how reclaimed wood can be used in furniture and if you’ve paged through any of their catalogs you will see there furniture staged in homes that make extensive use of reclaimed lumber. Frequent uses include fireplace mantels, decorative beams, kitchen or bar counters, shelves, wall paneling, wood floors or even entire additions.
There are many places you can look to find reclaimed lumber including Etsy, Craigslist or Ebay. There are a couple of local companies in Denver that offer a great selection including:
Front Range Timber
Denver Lumber Yard
If you are in the Minneapolis area try, http://getreclaimed.com. They might be able to ship you the material you need for your project.
If you are looking for inspiration, you will find many great uses for reclaimed wood on Houzz. We’ve spent hours admiring the many creative ways people have transformed their homes using this beautiful material.
Remember, don’t go overboard if you are preparing to sell your house. Set a budget and stick to it. Your real estate agent will be able to guide you through the process and make recommendations.