Easy Home Upgrades From HGTV's Buying and Selling

Drew and Jonathan Scott are on a mission to renovate and sell on HGTV's Buying and Selling. Get ideas for your own value-adding home improvements with these before-and-afters.

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November 25, 2014
By: Jennifer Brake

Meet Drew and Jonathan Scott

These Property Brothers help families prime their homes for a successful sale and find a new property on HGTV's Buying and Selling. Jonathan Scott handles the renovations while Drew Scott navigates the real estate market to sell the renovated home and buy a new one.

Playroom or Living Room?

LIVING ROOM, BEFORE: Having toys scattered all over the house is no way to get a home sold. Even with the toys put away, this living room was poorly lit and lacked any color or design, bringing down its selling potential.

Bright and Beautiful

LIVING ROOM, AFTER: The drab living room became a major selling point as vibrant orange accents and blue-gray walls make the space brighter and more welcoming. Mixed patterns in the curtains, walls and chairs work seamlessly together to add personality and texture.

Antique Sacrifice

DINING ROOM, BEFORE: To sell the home, the owner had to part with the dining table and chairs given to her by her grandmother. The antique furniture was large so it didn't utilize the space well, and its dark tones diminished the natural light coming in through the window.

Modern Upgrade

DINING ROOM, AFTER: Open shelves replaced the clunky china cabinet, and a smaller table with contemporary light-colored chairs makes the room feel more open and moving around the table much easier.

Cluttered Combo

KITCHEN, BEFORE: The mini office in the corner made this kitchen look cluttered and small. Drew and Jonathan Scott recommend removing extraneous furniture like this desk from kitchens and dining rooms to define the spaces and help buyers imagine themselves living in them.

Cool Kitchen

KITCHEN, AFTER: With the office desk gone, the room is organized and easily identifiable as a kitchen and dining area. Other simple updates, like replacing the green tile backsplash and painting the existing cabinets, added a lot of value for a small price.

Room X

FAMILY ROOM, BEFORE: Was it a playroom, study space, home office or all three? This area was a good size, but a lack of furniture and decor left homebuyers wondering what it was used for.

Defined Space

FAMILY ROOM, AFTER: Drew and Jonathan staged this area as a family room by placing a couch and coffee tables at an angle to draw people in. Removing the old wooden shutters and hanging bright yellow curtains were cheap upgrades that increased this home's value.

Boring Bathroom

BATHROOM, BEFORE: You may be tempted to go with all neutrals when selling your home, but too much taupe can be a bad thing. This bathroom was functional but not very pretty to look at.

Fresh Aesthetic

BATHROOM, AFTER: The long mirror was replaced with two individual mirrors to emphasize the double sinks and add extra decorative flair under modern light fixtures. The old vanity looks new with a coat of white paint and the blue walls add color while looking clean and fresh.

Flavorless Backsplash

KITCHEN, BEFORE: This kitchen had fairly new appliances and great space, but the color scheme was uninspiring with a plain beige backsplash and laminate countertops to match.

Mosaic Detail

KITCHEN, AFTER: The laminate countertops were replaced with more sophisticated granite, and modern subway tiles were arranged to create a mosaic tile detail that adds interest and a focal point in the backsplash.

Dated and Decorated

DINING AREA, BEFORE: The homeowners loved large, extravagant furniture pieces and decor. Unfortunately, most homebuyers are looking for something more modern and simple.

Staging Makes a Difference

DINING AREA, AFTER: With an easy change to a more contemporary light fixture and table centerpiece, this room is staged more appropriately for potential buyers. The same table and chairs were used but arranged differently to create a better flow.

Overbearing Bed Frame

BEDROOM, BEFORE: Drew and Jonathan say one of the biggest mistakes home sellers make is letting their old furniture keep them from selling a great house. This gigantic bed frame was overpowering the room and keeping homebuyers from seeing how large it really is.

Easy Fix

BEDROOM, AFTER: Getting rid of the bed frame made this room look taller and more open. The neutral paint color and antique trunk at the foot of the bed didn't need replacing and look great in the finished room.

Divided and Conquered

LIVING ROOM, BEFORE: The homeowners tried to create separate dining and living spaces by using chunky furniture, but they actually just made this big room feel very small.

Spacious Open Concept

LIVING ROOM, AFTER: Removing the large sectional couch opens the room up to its full potential. The new furniture is rustic chic by combining natural wood materials with industrial steel elements.

Big Possibilities

DINING ROOM, BEFORE: This room already had some great furniture, but the restaurant-like tile peeking out from under an old area rug was dragging it down. The cluttered table and Roman shades caked in dust weren't helping either.

Perfectly Polished

DINING ROOM, AFTER: Dark hardwood floors were installed throughout for a seamless transition from room to room. New window coverings and a fresh coat of paint complete the room for a small cost.

Out-of-Date Design

BATHROOM, BEFORE: This bathroom was in desperate need of an update. The vanity's honey oak color severely dated the space, and even though it had double sinks, they were an '80s scallop style that made them impossible to clean.

Old Vanity, New Look

BATHROOM, AFTER: To save money, Jonathan Scott updated the existing vanity with soft gray paint, installed new granite countertops and replaced the '80s-style sinks with new recessed sinks. With a few accessories on the wall, this bathroom is a selling point instead of a problem room.

Bland Beige

LIVING ROOM, BEFORE: With a full-sized couch, a loveseat, a big chair and an ottoman, this living room was too cluttered and too neutral. It lacked any color or unique design features that would attract homebuyers.

Sophisticated Space

LIVING ROOM, AFTER: Less furniture and more color make the room much brighter and more inviting. The subdued gray-blue in the chairs and area rug is more aesthetically pleasing than beige but still serves as a neutral base color.

Stark White

BEDROOM, BEFORE: This bedroom didn't have one drop of color in it. The layout made it feel cramped and awkward and the laminate flooring made it look cheap.

Bursts of Color

BEDROOM, AFTER: The closet unit was extracted and moved elsewhere in the house, and the laminate floors were replaced with sleek hardwood. The staging uses a neutral tone with pops of color in the accessories to give this room life.

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