Friday, March 19, 2021

Home Style || How to Increase the Value of Your Home


Home Style - Collaborative Post

No one is going to tell you that selling your home is an easy task. You will be busy with viewings, lawyers, and negotiating mortgages on top of packing your life into boxes and trying to set your home up to make the highest sale possible. Fortunately, there are some things you can do both inside and outside of your home to help increase the value of your property - the return might well be worth the investment. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place as we will be discussing the different ways in which you can increase the value of your property.

Starting Outside

Arguably, one of the most important parts of your property to spend some money on is your outside areas - especially if you have a front garden because this will be the first impression for potential buyers. So, make sure you’ve got that crooked fence fixed, jet washed the paving slabs and planted that flowerbed you’ve been meaning to look after. The garden area and the front of your house need to look the part, so make sure your windows are clean, doors aren’t broken and your brickwork is flawless.

The back garden, if you have one, is important because it’s often quite a big selling point. Now is the time to get around to the projects you’ve been putting off. For example, maybe you have been considering putting in some beautiful decking?To get you inspired, check out this project from Ecoscape UK.They specialise in environmentally friendly wood and plastic so you can enjoy the benefits of a wood finish without the problems of rot and warping - having a well thought out outdoor dining space/patio will help increase the value of your property before we’ve even started looking inside. 

Moving In

Now that you’ve sorted your outdoor areas, it’s time to look inside. Carry out a thorough inspection of all areas. Makes sure your walls aren’t peeling, taps aren’t dripping, kitchens and bathrooms aren’t mouldy, and all of your floorings are fitted correctly. When you paint your walls or apply some wallpaper, take some time to research some modern colour schemes. These are really easy things that you can redecorate but will increase the value of your property. Make sure you don’t try to take any shortcuts because the surveyor will find the defect even if the potential buyer doesn’t. 

Getting the Kitchen Right

With one of the nation’s favourite things being food, there’s no surprise that the kitchen is the most renovated space in the UK. This indicates that your kitchen will be a focal point for potential buyers, so you need to make sure that yours is up to standard. Of course, this can be very costly and might not guarantee a high return, but you can still carry out small budget renovations, like making sure cupboard doors aren’t broken. Further, the kitchen is often a popular place for people to socialise so you could consider adding in some high bar tables and plugs for charging phones.

Don’t Forget the Bathroom

You need to make sure that your bathroom is fit for your use and hygienic. You can keep your bathroom decorating simpleby carrying out easy jobs like replacing the grout, removing limescale, and changing the taps. Further, it might be a good idea to paint the room a neutral colour and change your shower curtain so it looks clean. 

Forgotten Spaces

Quite often, homes have basements or attic spaces that are just used for storage or remain empty. If you have the funds, then why not transform these areas into an extra bedroom or office space? An extra bedroom will be invaluable in making a larger sale for your house. 

Set the Stage

Once you’ve done all of the necessary decorating and remodelling, it’s time to get your home looking the part for viewings. Staging your home means depersonalising all of your spaces and setting up your rooms so they entice the imagination of potential buyers. Before you begin staging, you need to make sure you’ve cleared out all of your belongings, and not just put everything in cupboards - viewers will look through cupboard spaces. Staging your home professionally could add as much as 15% value to your property

The Takeaway

The most important things to remember when it comes to adding value to your home is that you need to create a living space, from the outside in, that is neutral and invokes the imagination of the buyers - they need to be able to picture their life in your home. Now, it’s all down to you to transform your home into a top-selling space. It might be hard work, but it will be more than worth it once you’re reaping the rewards and can invest in your new home or put the profit towards that dream holiday.