Whether you are hoping to put your home on the market, or you just want to update it, making small improvements can increase the value of your property, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to do it. Here are some top tips for adding value to your home.
Spruce up your kitchen
For most people, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and it is one of the first things that potential buyers will look at. You don’t need to rip out all of the units and start again to give it an update. Replacing the taps, door-handles and light fittings can dramatically transform the look and feel of a kitchen. You can also consider re-facing your kitchen units with new doors or drawers, which will give the effect of a completely new kitchen.
No matter how clean your curtains are, they can often look a little tired and old fashioned, so instead of getting a new pair, it’s worth considering investing in shutters from DIY Shutters. Often available on a budget, shutters are a clean, simple yet elegant solution to covering windows, providing you with the privacy of curtains but without the hassle.
Another important tip is to try to coordinate your kitchen, particularly your kitchen appliances. Often, we end up with different-coloured ovens, dishwashers and microwaves, but it is usually possible to order new doors or replacement face panels relatively cheaply, which will give your kitchen a more ordered, less cluttered appearance.
After the kitchen, the bathroom is the most important room to consider upgrading as it is one of the first rooms that prospective buyers will check out. Again, you don’t need to spend a lot of money. Simple and easy-to-install updates such as a new toilet seat or bath taps can make a difference, and you can spruce up old bathroom floors with easy-fit vinyl tiles. If your shower and bath area is looking tired, regrouting can freshen it up, as can replacing damaged tiles, along with shower heads, bath curtains and shower fittings.
You may not want to go to the expense of a full interior redecoration, so why not opt for changing the colour of one or two rooms? A dramatic colour change, combined with matching accessories, can significantly change the atmosphere of a room, whether you want to make a living room a little more cosy or bring a touch of tranquillity to a bedroom.
In a competitive housing market, it is vital to maximise the appeal of your property, and with a few simple improvements, you can unlock the value potential of your home. Even if you are not planning to move immediately, by sprucing up the key rooms, you can make your house more pleasurable to live in and find new ways to enjoy it.