Tried and Tested Improvements to Increase Home Value

Are you thinking of starting a new life in a new home, but are worried you won’t get the right price for your home? Or perhaps you’ve had your house on the market for a number of years, have had no real interest and are looking to speed up the process? Although, some of us just want to make improvements for improvements’ sake, and that’s okay, too! Whatever your situation may be, it can be hard to know where to make significant (or at least actual) improvements that will make people want to spend more money on buying your home, or will allow you to take out a bigger mortgage on it. Here are some ideas:
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  •  Renovate your Kitchen/Loft/Bathroom

The best rooms to renovate or turn into extra living space are the loft, the basement, the kitchen and the bathroom. Pick one of these, or talk to someone who knows your area and your property. There might be something specific to your situation that would be more valuable!

However, in general kitchen extensions are known to add significant value to your home equity. This is because people truly see the value in having a large space to cook, spend time with family and entertain guests. Wherever there is a space someone can take enjoyment in, there is value to be added.

Loft extensions increase value because they add usable living space to your home. This way, you can list a larger living space on estate agency websites and increase your house’s price. Even if your loft is only accessible via ladder, think of turning it into a minimalist bedroom and add a nice permanent ladder for style.

Old bathrooms not only do not add to a home’s value but can actually detract from it. This is because people see bathrooms as a sanctuary of privacy, self-care and cleanliness. If it looks – or worse – smells unappealing, potential buyers will not be able to imagine themselves relaxing and enjoying using that space.

  • Fix All of Your Maintenance Issues

No-one wants to buy a home that needs a ton of maintenance work doing to it. Whether it’s clearing out your gutters, getting rid of the weeds in your driveway or replacing some worn window frames, you’ll want to take care of all obvious maintenance issues as a first priority.

Once you’ve done this, get in touch with a handyman or someone who is experienced with home maintenance for an hour of consultancy. Hire them, if you can, for an hour of their time to look around your house and point out any issues they notice, like paint chipping away or central heating issues. They have an eye for these things so will spot them much more easily than you.

After this is done, you can decide whether or not you’d like to hire them to help you to rectify these issues or not. Either way, you’ll be in a better place to talk to a discerning estate agency representative or potential buyer about the maintenance needs of your home.

  • Perfect the Fine Details

If you have done all the improvement you need to do, and have sorted out all necessary maintenance issues, you’ll want to concentrate on the small details that really make you money on your house sale. This means looking at your space with fresh eyes, and eliminating superfluous elements as much as possible.

Get help wherever possible. Perhaps you didn’t notice the tatty photo frame because you love the picture of your family in it – it could be moved elsewhere or put into a different frame. You may not notice the smell of dog since you are so used to it, so ask your friends for their honest opinion (and don’t be hurt when they criticise, it’s for the best!).

You might find that cleaning your windows adds a ton of beauty to your home, or pulling up those few remaining weeds from the driveway. Really, this advice is best heeded immediately preceding a visit from a potential buyer, and that’s the only time you need to worry about it other than when pictures are being taken.

  • Hire an Interior Designer

Don’t have a feel – or an eye, for that matter – for interior design? Hire one to consult you. They can tell you what your aesthetic is (rustic, modern, minimalist, bohemian, etc) and advise you on how you could compliment it to better effect.

You don’t necessarily have to hire them, as they can be very expensive, but their simple advice could really help you to present a stunningly beautiful interior. Their eye for the big picture and the fine details might revolutionise the way you see your home and interact with it – so don’t just think interior designers are for super rich people. …

Easy Home Improvement Projects to Take On

Have you recently moved house? For most people, the period right after a move is the time to sit back, relax, and enjoy your new home. However, for some, it’s the perfect opportunity to get to work on fixing up their new pad. If you are one of these people who is eager to improve your new house, take a look at these easy projects to start.

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  • Make your Entrance Stand Out

Your new home should give off a friendly vibe. One big factor that affects this is your front door. Make your entrance inviting by sprucing it up a bit. Install a new handle and mail slot to give new life to your door. Also, adding a new layer of paint, particularly to a bold, bright color, will instantly renew your entrance.

Add a new welcome mat, update the lighting in the area, and even place a few pots of plants to make the space more welcoming. Complete these small changes and soon you’ll leave a lasting impression on guests and also increase your home’s curb appeal.

  • Add Molding

If you’re looking to change up a few rooms, then adding some crown molding will achieve just that. Molding and trim will instill a rich, historical feeling to your home. Molding helps bridge the space between your walls and ceiling so you can emphasize the architectural characteristics of your home.

You’ll need to measuring tape, molding, a saw, stain and paint, caulk, and a nail gun to complete this job. For more a more traditional look, install more ornate patterns, while for contemporary styles, your best bet is to use simpler molding.

  • Patch Some Holes

Usually, you’ll notice a few scratches and holes that you didn’t see when you were viewing your new home. There could even be new damage caused by the busy task of moving in. Well now’s the time to mend this damage.

Fixing blemishes on your walls is an easy project that can be done in a weekend. Hide away any faults to make your walls looking good as new. Grab a putty knife, filler, and sandpaper and quickly repair nail holes, scratches, and other small wall defects.

For larger imperfections, you’ll need to place an adhesive patch over the hole and spread a drywall compound over it. Make sure to allow the filler or compound to fully dry. After that, you can paint it and sand it down to make it match the rest of your wall.

  • Get Some New Light Inside

Sometimes a room on your home needs a bit of new light. One solution to this is to install new light fixtures. For example, refresh your kitchen or dining area by replacing the existing fixture. Switch off the power at your breaker box, remove the old light fixture, put in the new one, and connect the wires.

If there is a dark area in your house, adding a new light will do wonders. Install a new fixture by cutting in a hole and running the wires through. If this is too disruptive for your preferences, you can just add some stand-alone lights like a lamp. Swivel head floor lamps are fantastic since they are suitable for any dark corner and are adjustable.