KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- COVID-19 has changed nearly every aspect of life, including how you sell a home and what design aspects are important to buyers in 2020.

Trend expert and style Director for Better Homes and Gardens, Max Wilker, explains ways you can make the process more simple.

Even though real estate agents are saying it is a hot sellers’ market, which is supported by home prices in the Kansas City area, pros tell KCTV5 that you should not list a home until it is ready.

Wilker explains how you can go beyond the style basics, room-by-room.

“Add paint to rooms, it makes your house look fresher,” explained Wilker. “Add some white, white accessories – bedding, baskets, ceramic pieces in the kitchen. Bring in the plants.”

Wilker confirmed white can also, indeed, make your home look bigger.

“Open the blinds and let the light in,” advised Wilker.

Wilker explained spend some time preparing the entryway and the living room – and even the porch. These are the places buyers are going to see first when they come to your home. “You don’t want them to turn around and go right back out. It’s the starting point for the rest of the home. In the entryway, place a piece of furniture for a place to drop your keys.”

He suggested adding artwork or building a galley wall, perhaps in the entry or living room.

“This could be a show stopper,” said Wilker. “Focus on the fire place or beautiful artwork. Work towards a focal point that shows this is where my family can go.”

Wilker explained putting some effort into your yard or porch may also be a smart idea.

“Outdoor kitchens are big right now. See what you can do to add that to your space also,” said Wilker.

Wilker also breaks down quick fixes vs. big makeovers.

"If you are trying to sell now, go for the fixes. If you are in the backyard and there is unsightly furniture, use slip covers. Bright pillows on pieces. Wow them in the backyard," explained Wilker. "In the bedrooms, use fresh linens.  New bedding can make the difference to brighten up the bedroom to add the 'WOW' factor."

Wilker explained you can add a quick coat of paint in the kitchen.  He said a variety of colors can go with white.  "Change up the cabinets or go for a blue or green island," explained Wilker. 

He advised to brighten the kitchen as much as possible.

Wilker said gold and brass accents will carry through into 2021.  "The brass is not the brass of the past.  It's beautiful how you can go shiny to matte.  Accent faucets to pendant lighting.  The glam look will beautifully set off white walls and a white kitchen," said Wilker.

"The other option to use would be black matte," said Wilker, who explained black matte appliances are also trending. "It can accent fridges, stoves, dishwashers," said Wilker.

Wilker reminded us of the importance of making sure some rooms can serve multiple purposes, as many people are working from home and children are learning from home.  

“Better Homes and Gardens” is owned by the same company as KCTV5, the Meredith Corporation.

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