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Should You Upgrade Crown Moulding Before Selling?

Crown moulding is a popular choice for many homes as a decorative finishing element that adds sophisticated flair to a room. While you might be considering crown molding because you like it, it can also beg another question: should you upgrade crown moulding before selling your home? The answer, though nuanced, could save (or make) you thousands of dollars.

Upgrade To The Right Crown Moulding

Crown moulding separates a wall from a ceiling (or other edges) in your home. While the function remains the same, the designs are seemingly endless. It’s easy to get carried away, but it’s important to choose crown moulding that fits with your home. For example, you wouldn't use the same trim design on an old colonial as you would a modern home. Take the time to plan the look and feel of your home before taking the plunge - especially if you have a traditional home.

Keep It Simple

If you’re planning on selling, keep the crown moulding simple. While an ornate design may tickle your fancy, it may not suit potential home buyers. Not only that, but a more custom crown moulding is also far more expensive to install. If ROI and resale value are your primary concerns, you will also want to carefully consider which rooms you install crown molding in. Typically, the rooms in a home most suited for this style of trim are limited to:

  • Master bedroom

  • Bathroom(s)

  • Kitchen

  • Living room

  • Dining room

Consider Your Costs

If you are a DIYer, you can save on installation costs by tackling the project yourself. To save on labor costs, you could also tackle the most time-intensive aspect, which is removing the old crown molding and trim.

So, should you update your crown moulding before selling? The short answer, yes. If you don't have crown molding - or it's in rough shape - putting new trim in could definitely increase resale value. However, overdoing it with ornate trims could cost you (literally). Do you need guidance to find the best style crown moulding for your home? Contact us today at 905.856.9100 or

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