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If you’re selling your home, making sure that your house is at its best is crucial, so how do you do it without bankrupting yourself? The cost for each of the below projects varies, but you can be sure that with a little effort, your home can be worth even more when you come round to signing it away to a new owner. This is by no means a comprehensive list of projects, but just some ideas to get you started. Some of these projects improve the looks of your house and are relatively simple, others require more skill and effort. Take some time to figure out which are going to have the greatest effect on your home’s market value and go from there.
First impressions count
What is the first thing people will see when they come to view your home? If you have a front garden, then making sure the lawn is mowed or the external brickwork is as presentable as it can be is important. It seems obvious and possibly shallow, but if the first impression of your home isn’t a great one, then it’s going to affect how they perceive the rest of your property.
Lighten up a bit
No matter how small a space is, the right lighting can make it seem so much brighter and more inviting. If you’re tired of subtle or hidden light fixtures, you can look into statement fittings that catch the eye. Equally, if you want the room to feel cosy and warm, muted wall mounted lights could be the way forwards -- it varies. Look at it this way, the levels of light you want to light up a hallway or kitchen is going to be different from what you want in a bedroom. So, there is no one answer for this, but always remember that lighting can make a big difference when improving your home.
Walk this way
The difference between an old fashioned perception and a modern one can come down to things as simple as how your floors are presented. If you have carpets, is the colour faded and the tread worn down? Or if it’s patterned, does it complement or clash with the rest of your decor? A professional carpet cleaner can make a big difference in sprucing up your carpets, or if you’re feeling more ambitious with your home improvement project then you could replace or even get rid of your carpeting entirely.
As house prices increase, spaces become smaller, and creative storage becomes all the more important. Adding storage above cupboards, or fitting shelves into nooks and crannies can help improve the value of your home. If you have more money in the budget for projects like this then you could consider adding fitted wardrobes or kitchen fixtures which are specifically made to fit your home.
If you can’t afford or don’t want to replace internal doors in your home, then think about the little things that you can do to improve their appearance, a statement doorknob or fresh coat of paint can help transform your home from looking well-worn to brand new. The same idea is true with kitchens, you may not be able to replace the entire fittings, but new doors are far less expensive and can bring your kitchen into a new decade.
Add an island
If you have a larger kitchen, then adding an attractive kitchen island workspace can help pull the room together whilst adding another level of functionality. There are hundreds of options online made to fit any space and with the options of incorporated sinks and electrics. But if you’re looking for a cheaper way to gain some preparation space and increase your kitchen’s value, then you can make your own island by simply placing two identical chests or sturdy bookcases back to back and topping with a butcher’s block.
Save your energy
As technology progresses and society becomes more environmentally conscious there comes an increased drive to decrease the amount of energy our homes use. The less energy it takes to run appliances the more value you add, after all, no one wants to be stuck with a huge energy bill at the end of each month. At the same time, think about how well your home is insulated and how much it costs to heat in colder months. Adding thick curtains or temporary secondary glazing can increase how well your home holds heat, and if you have a fireplace that is purely decorative, consider a chimney balloon which stops heat escaping.
Scrub up your bathroom
Everyone has a slightly different idea as to what the perfect bathroom is, but most agree that it should be a space where you can wake up and unwind. And of course, it should be as clean as you want to be. So little touches like whitening the grouting around the tiles and fittings can help brighten the place up. Also, you’d be amazed by the power of a new toilet seat or new taps, both are relatively cheap to install and can help add a touch of personality to a classic space.
Two can be better than one
If you have a bit more space and a bit more to spend on your bathroom, then adding a second sink can make a world of difference. Whether you’re part of a couple who are both trying to rush to the office in the morning, or part of a large family trying to brush your teeth before bed, this can make life a whole lot easier.
An MOT for your home
There are things you need a professional for, this is one of them. Before you sell your home it could be worth having an electrician or a plumber come round to make sure that your home is performing at top speed. That means making sure that there are no faulty outlets or loose wires, making sure that nothing leaks and checking that your boiler is at its best.