4 Essential Home Upgrades for 2018

4 Essential Home Upgrades for 2018

Keeping up with the latest home trends and decor styles can be exhausting! Here’s our picks for the most essential home upgrades for 2018–bonus: most are cheap and can easily be completed in a weekend!

Smarten Up!

Smart home gadgets have never been cheaper or more accessible! It’s time to jump on the smart home trend, your home will appreciate it! For complete smart home newbies, try a Nest Thermostat or a Ring Doorbell. They’re the easiest to install and will make your life way easier. For smart home buffs, check out the new Sengled lightbulbs that can play music via Bluetooth! Surround sound without any wiring=win!


Try a Fun Removable Wallpaper

A super easy alternative to letting the kids paint their own room is removable wallpaper! There are so many cool designs and patterns available now and it’s perfect for a no-commitment room refresh. Search Etsy for more custom chic designs! It’s literally as easy as peel-and-stick for this quick upgrade–the wallpaper comes off easily if you change your mind!

Get Rid of a Popcorn Ceiling

Popcorn is for movie theaters, not your ceiling. Popcorn ceilings can really date a home and subconsciously influence a buyer to offer less for your home. It’s not complicated to get rid of but it can be super messy—this would be a great home upgrade to leave to professionals.

Go Bold with Flooring

Big, bold flooring choices are all over Pinterest right now! Laminate and vinyl planks are crazy easy to install so this is a great DIY upgrade! Switching up the flooring can really change a room’s atmosphere and make a big impression on prospective buyers. Spring for luxury vinyl planks or laminate with underlayment attached to make this project even easier–a typical kitchen could probably be completed in a weekend! Just make sure you’re choosing a neutral color that will complement any existing appliances or cabinets!




Open House Weekend – May 19 & 20, 2018

Open House Weekend – May 19 & 20, 2018

Sign in for a chance to win!

This coming weekend, we’re excited to announce we have 28 homes being held open! Every visitor that signs in to one of our open houses on May 19th or 20th will have a chance to win one of three Amazon smart voice assistants: the Amazon Echo, Amazon Spot or the Amazon Plus! These are an awesome addition to your existing smart home system or a great way to start automating your home! Open House weekend contest win amazon echo plus spot

All of our agents are excited to see you this weekend — even if you’re not in the market right now for a home, they’d love to be a resource for you until you are ready to begin your home buying journey! The homes being held open are gorgeous and you can explore all of them ahead of time HERE and even use our map to plan your route!

Tips for Potential Buyers

Nervous about visiting your first open house? Not sure what you should do to make the most of your fact-finding mission? Check out our blog about how to take advantage of an open house for buyers! Seeing the home in person and info you gather during an open house can be extremely useful in determining what kind of an offer you should make or whether or not the home is the right fit for your needs!

Tips for Home Sellers

If you’re in the process of selling your home, prepping your home for an open house is extremely important. Make sure you’re checking all the boxes before opening your home to the public with our blog on how to set your home up for success!  

We can’t wait to see you this weekend!

Smart Home Staging Kit Launch

Smart Home Staging Kit Launch


Coldwell Banker Launches Smart Home Staging Kit

Coldwell Banker’s launch of the Smart Home Staging Kit today is a huge benefit to our sellers and just another way Coldwell Banker continues to lead the industry with cutting-edge real estate marketing and services for our clients. Not only will homes that have our Smart Home Staging Kit installed be more appealing to millennials, eco-conscious buyers and buyers looking for energy-efficiency as a cost-saving measure, they will also be searchable on ColdwellBanker.com as an actual “Smart Home,” according to the CNET definition. These smart home listings will also appear on the CNET website, which means even more online exposure for your home.

Homebuyers are increasingly looking for Smart Home technology because it gives them the opportunity to take a more proactive role in the maintenance and security of their most expensive investment. As more buyers demand smart home features, these basic products will become de rigeur for new listings. The ability to purchase the Smart Home Staging Kit is going to be immensely helpful for our busy Coldwell Banker Elite sellers because most sellers don’t have the time to research which smart home tech will actually provide the most bang for their buck. Our sellers will receive a carefully curated collection of the most popular smart home tech for a discounted price of $999—about a $135 savings! All of these products can be installed by any DIY-friendly homeowner but if you’d rather leave it to a professional, we’ve partnered with Pro.com to install the kit for $550.

What Makes a Home Smart?

The Staging Kit includes the Nest Learning Thermostat, one of the breakout stars of the smart home tech world, which learns the temperature you like and adapts to your schedule. As it learns your preferences, the Nest Thermostat saves customers an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on their cooling bills, which means it usually pays for itself in under 2 years. One of the best features about the Nest Thermostat is that it can be controlled remotely from an app on your phone, so you never need to worry if you left the heat blasting before you went on vacation!

Nest Thermostat

The Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm integrates with the same app and keeps you informed about the air quality in your home (and lets you hush false smoke alarms from your phone during any cooking disasters). The Nest Cam indoor security camera can be mounted almost anywhere and lets you keep an eye on everything going on at home while you’re away. Whether you’re checking in on Fido or making sure your school-age kids got home safely, it’s always nice to be able to keep an eye on things!

August Smart Lock

The kit also includes two products from August, the Smart Lock and the Connect, which make getting locked out or loaning a key to a handyman a thing of the past. The August Smart Lock can lock and unlock your deadbolt, create virtual keys for guests and keep track of who comes and goes, all from your phone. The last component of the Smart Home Kit is the Lutron Caseta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit which controls your lights, shades and temperature from an app. The Caseta Wireless Kit works with most lightbulbs so you can use the ones you already have, and create personalized lighting “scenes” like turning on the lights as you pull in your driveway or dimming specific lights for when you’re watching TV.

Caseta Wireless Kit

Most sellers already understand the value of incorporating smart home technology, and purchasing the Smart Home Staging Kit makes sure that they aren’t wasting their money on products that will not actually allow their home to be marketed as a “Smart Home.” The Smart Home Staging Kit gives Coldwell Banker Elite sellers a powerful tool to distinguish their property and dollar for dollar, there aren’t many improvements you can DIY for under $1000 that will drastically increase your home’s value and marketability like upgrading to a Smart Home.

Order your own Staging Kit now!