There are many ways to add value to your property. Here are some tips on how to add value and get the best return on your biggest investment.
- Kerb Appeal – Sometimes you only get one change to make a good first impression. Keep the front of your house clean and clutter-free. This will be the first impression of your home. Keep your lawn mowed and weed-free, hedges neat and add some potted plants. Make sure your windows are clean and the front of your house is freshly painted or clean.
- Visibility – Where possible spend money on what can be seen. Visibility adds value. Make the most noticeable improvement on furniture and fittings. Paint all rooms in neutral colours, such as cream or white. Matching your blinds or curtains to the colour of the room will also give the feel of extra space.
- Light up – Light creates the illusion of extra space and will make your home more attractive. Consider increasing the amount of natural light by adding skylights around your home where possible particularly in hallways, landings and kitchens. Raising ceiling and changing colour schemes will also help.
- Flooring – Flooring has the biggest impact on the house as a whole. Today carpets are no longer desirable in certain areas of the house. Current trends and suitability should dictate what flooring to use where; generally hard flooring (tiles and wood) downstairs and in bathrooms, and carpets in bedrooms for added comfort.
- Kitchen dinner – The trend towards using the kitchen as a family and entertaining space, instead of somewhere to simply cook dinner, means your kitchen can add greatly to the overall value of your property. Kitchen is usually one of the main selling points in a property and it is also one of the most expensive to completely redecorate. It is not advisable to rip out your kitchen and start from scratch if it is not affordable for you to do so. Changing fixtures and fittings, replacing cabinet doors and adding a worktop will greatly enhance the look of your kitchen.
- Bathroom – Bathrooms can really benefit from little improvement and decoration which can add value to your property. Trends has moved towards neural colours, large tiles and mosaic tiles for bathroom walls and floors. Keep your bathroom clean, re-grout tiles and add nice towels, new mirrors, chrome fixtures, a heated towel rail and matching accessories. If possible and affordable add sought after extra touches like a power shower, a Jacuzzi bath and double sinks to give you a great return on your investment.
- Eco Living – Eco living in now the trend. Making your home energy efficient will not only add value to your property, but will also increase the overall comfort and reduce the cost of energy bills. Installing double glazed windows, energy efficient heating and cooling systems, wall and loft insulation, energy efficient lighting and solar powered systems are great ways to increase the value of your property. Due to new Building Regulations the required standard of energy efficiency in property is now very high and will only get higher as technology develops.
- Open Plan Living – Open plan living has become popular with kitchens, living rooms and dinning areas being used as one large family and entertaining space. Knocking down walls to create a better flow can be an inexpensive option when trying to add value to your property. If the walls are not load-bearing it is a quick process and less expensive. If they are, it will be more complex, expensive and you will need planning permission.
- Garden – if you have a garden or courtyard, make use of it. It can be an excellent selling point and a well-groomed garden or courtyard will definitely add value to your property. No matter the time of the year, buyers and guest will be imagining areas for entertaining, barbecues and space for children to play.
- Extension – Extension can add value to your property especially if you are extending the kitchen area or adding extra bedroom. Beware; it will mean a smaller garden, so ensure the interior and exterior of the house are proportionate. Seek professional advice and use processional trades men. You may need planning permission, it is advisable to contact your local planning authority before going ahead.
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