While working from home has been a common feature of the lockdown, it appears as though doing work around the house has also been popular. Anyone who has had more time at home than usual has been looking for projects, and ways to occupy their time.
If you are the sort of person who has compiled a significant list of repairs, the lockdown has given you the ideal opportunity to clear off this list. However, it also seems as though many households have taken the chance to improve their home.
A study carried out by Barclays Mortgages indicates 40% of respondents feel they have improved their DIY skills during the lockdown. Also, close to half of the respondents said they plan to value their home once lockdown ends.
It is possible to add value to your home with repair work. If you are a Hornchurch resident and you are looking to arrange a valuation, contact us, and we will be more than happy to assist you.
When you make changes around your home to add value, it is essential to consider the cost, and what the expected return of these improvements are. We have selected some interesting ways you can add value to your home with simple DIY jobs this lockdown.
Painting and decorating is a popular task
It is fair to say many people will be keen to freshen their home during the lockdown, and what better way to achieve this than by painting your home. According to priceyourjob, the average cost of painting the main rooms of your home comes to £71, but the added value from painting your home can amount to £1,424.
This is an excellent return on your investment. If you are painting your home to sell at some point, choose neutral colours. This will help you appeal to more people in the long-term.
Make your home more secure
When you spend virtually all your time at home, you may not think you are at risk of being broken into. However, security should be a priority at your house, and you can add value with some reasonable adjustments.
Adding robust locks to your doors, adding lights to the outside of your home and installing motion sensors in the leading rooms makes your home more secure. You should be able to make these changes for around £100, and you can see a return of close to £600.
Is it time for a new front door?
First impressions count for a lot when selling your home, which means you must ensure your front door looks great. Of course, the style of your front door is vital, but it also needs to be functional. By making sure your door is robust, and there are no cracks or gaps which create a draught, you will have a door that improves value at your home.
Buying a new door or carrying out improvements can cost around £100, but this can offer an increase of more than £400 for the value of your home.
If you are keen to stay in touch with the local housing market, we can help. At Hunters Hornchurch, we are on hand to ensure you receive all the guidance you need in the local property market, and we are here to assist you.