Home improvements are an excellent investment, even if you are not looking to sell just yet. With a little inspiration and some strategic planning, even small changes can add considerable value to your home.
It is important to choose a project that suits your budget, time-frame, and energy levels. The following list ranges from major home renovations to quick, budget-friendly suggestions to get hat inspiration flowing.
Two words: Street Appeal. First impressions count, so it is important that guests or prospective buyers feel at home right from the start. Begin by tidying up your garden; remove weeds and any driveway mold, trim edges, and invest in some low-maintenance plants to add life to your property. If you don’t already have a BBQ area, pave a cosy picnic area for an ideal place to host functions and to help create that highly coveted indoor-outdoor flow.
Re-painting the letterbox is another quick and cheap way to add value to your property. If you want to stand out from the crowd, take the opportunity to make it a bit quirky(perhaps a spaceship or miniature house)?
Now here’s a way to make your home’s resale value go through the roof. Rooftop maintenance, repairs or even a simple water blasting can not only increase your home’s appraisal value, but can add years of life to your roof.
Fully replacing your roof and guttering before it becomes a leaking nightmare will also save you big dollars in the long run. It is essential to conduct thorough research regarding which lay-people to employ and which materials to use. Proper preparation will help you to avoid finding yourself starring in your own horror movie (the one where you have completely overshot your budget and have a house covered in plastic wrap with the stormy season approaching).
3: New lighting.
Home lighting is essential due to its utilitarian function, as well as its ability to create mood and atmosphere.To make a space feel larger, install high-wattage bulbs, or add warmth by opting for softer lighting. Dimming switches can be installed to create a peaceful ambience to help you wind down in the evening or relax during those long soaks in the tub.
There needs to be plenty of light illuminating bench tops and work spaces. This includes the bathroom vanity to eliminate any shadows in your reflection in the mirror – unlike the abode of a Disney villain.
4: New carpet.
Is your flooring stained, frayed, or sun-bleached? New carpet with spongy underlay will put a spring in your step and any potential buyers as well. Ideally, replace flooring in all rooms for maximum effect. However, if either time and/or money is tight, focus on replacing areas with the most wear first.
5: Finally, pick a room and renovate.
Tackling one room at a time is the best way to boost your home’s value. The kitchen and bathroom are key areas on which to focus your energy and money.
The kitchen: also referred to as the heart of the home, and for good reason. It may be time to upgrade the oven, fridge, or dishwasher. Installing energy efficient appliances can attract buyers and save you money too.For some colour and fresh inspiration, consider mounting a back splash. There is now extensive choice to suit every style and taste, from vintage photos to vivid sunsets.
The bathroom: A hot shower with decent water pressure after a hard day’s work is one of life’s simple pleasures.Nowadays, people want luxury in their lives, so upgrading your plumbing system is a great place to start.Small additions can have big returns, such as switching to a larger shower head, replacing the shower curtain with a glass door, or installing new faucets.
If you are still having trouble figuring out how to increase your home’s worth, creating your own ‘need-to’ and ‘want-to’ lists will help you priorities. So which exciting project are you going to achieve first?