Does Crown Moulding Add Value to a Home?

Does Crown Moulding Add Value to a Home?

Most people know that renovating your home adds value to it.  But the big question is which renovations?  Is crown moulding one of those renovations?

YES crown moulding typically does add value. It is viewed as an expensive upgrade but it cost less than it looks. It can set your house apart from other homes in your neighborhood. BUT if all the other homes in your area have crown moulding and yours doesn’t, and you’re just “catching up” to everyone else, it won’t actually “add” to the value. You will just be levelling out the playing field.

If the crown moulding is installed properly it can really make the room pop. However, the rest of the room needs to show well in order to get the best price possible e.g. nice baseboards, new or refinished flooring and trendy paint colors. If everything else in the room needs an update, the new crown moulding will just look out of place.

Too many options?Crown moulding, different styles

Now that you have decided to do crown moulding in your living room and hallway for example, what should you choose? MDF, wood or polyurthane? Smooth or patterned? Narrow or wide?
Before you go to your big box store, do your homework first. See what styles would be best for your room, house style, neighborhood, and the height of your ceiling. Yes there’s lots to take into consideration. This is where it’s good to know what’s happening in your neighborhood.  Check out Are You over renovating Your Home?  Search the web for ideas and get yourself educated to do it right the first time.

How to Install Crown Moulding

Crown moulding is one of the less-expensive upgrades homeowners can do when it comes to materials.  It’s harder to install than it looks.  If you’re not handy and don’t think you can make it look professional, then hire a professional to do it.  Any renovation done improperly, detracts from the value of the home, not add to it.

However, if you are handy and you want to do it yourself, do your research, and check out a few videos. Check out this great video from Home Depot on how to install crown moulding 

Whether you do it yourself, or hire a professional, crown moulding brings a touch of class to a room.


Debi Collinson is a Designer.  She renovates “fixer uppers” to flip or to rent.  She staged houses for 10 years. She has seen houses at their best and their worst. Debi passes on her knowledge to help people Add Value to their Home while making their home a stunning retreat at the same time.

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