If you are going to be putting your home on the market any time soon, or you want to entertain guests, and you want it feels like you live in a bit of luxury, then you will be looking for ways to increase the value of your home. Adding value to your home can make it a more prospective candidate to those potential buyers, it can wow your friends, and it can transform the way you feel about your home. The good news is that there are a lot of ways you can add value to your home. It might be worth investigating and discovering what the top-of-the-range house prices are in your area, though, before doing any work, as you do not want to spend more than the house is worth even if it was done up like Buckingham Palace. So, let’s take a look at some ways you can improve your home and increase its value:
Probably the biggest things that can devalue your home are problems, especially problems that you can see. Cracks in the wall, watermarks, a boiler that doesn’t work and hasn’t been serviced for years, uneven floors, missing door knobs, rusty radiators, lights that don’t work, etc. There is an endless list of issues that a house can have. If you are serious about adding value to your home, get a pen and paper and go through all the rooms listing everything that is wrong or is a problem. Stick the list somewhere. You will see it and start going through it. Some problems, like a crack in the wall, may need to be checked over to ensure that the structure is still sound. If so, it is a case of plastering over the crack and repainting. This will add a lot of value to the home. Plumbing is another area to pay particular attention to if your taps don’t work or you have a problem with the drainage; this can cause issues. You may only need to change one section of pipe, and a seamless tube is a way to go. Also, the more things you fix, the better the house will work, and the more you will love it. If you have a leaky tap, there is nothing more annoying than that drip, drip, drip. Do yourself a favour and get proactive. Your stress will reduce, and you will feel more Zen.
This is a pretty basic one, but one that everyone can do and one that is far harder to succeed in doing than it may at first appear. People become attached to their clutter. Every item has some kind of sentimental value. If you want to make your home appear more valuable, you need to start getting rid of this. Decluttering can have so many positive side effects too. It can reduce stress and anxiety; it can help you live in the moment more – as you are, in essence, adopting a more minimalist lifestyle; it can improve the air quality by making it easier to clean; it can prevent trips, etc. so you need to become ruthless. Sever those ties to the past and throw away, give away and sell. You never know, you could end up with a pretty pile of cash if you have enough quality items you no longer want.
Let There be Light
The amount of natural light your home lets in can really increase the feel of the home and make it appear more welcoming and valuable. This is a good trick when it comes to selling. Natural light can increase vitamin D and your immune system, help you sleep better, help you focus, help you see better, and a lot more. Ways to increase natural light include changing the curtains, changing doors to ones with windows, putting up mirrors so that more light is reflected through the house, installing a skylight, rearranging the furniture, some larger items are not blocking the windows and so on. It is also wise to start changing the internal lighting too. LEDs mimic natal light and are fast becoming the lighting of choice in homes. Changing the lampshades, installing pendant lighting over dining tables, buying some great lamps and strategically placing them are all ways to make a home appear more valuable too. So, if you want a relatively inexpensive way to change the look and feel of your home as well as make it seem more expensive, try upgrading the internal lighting.
Painting can give a room a new lease on life. This effect can be heightened if you paint the room an entirely different colour. Some colours have the power to really affect your mood. So, consider the effect you want the room to have and choose a colour accordingly. Paint can also be used to make a room appear larger. Light colours can do this. Also, if you want to make a room seem larger, paint the skirting the same colour as the floor. This makes the floor space seem bigger. Alternatively, if you want to create a snug and cosy room, then paint it a darker colour to draw the walls in and create a more cocoon effect. Remember, paint can be used outside, too, so think about fences, sheds, and masonry that could do with a touch-up before you put the house on the market.
Panelling is a great way to make the walls pop. It can really have the effect of making a room appear far more luxurious. This could be a great idea in a dining room where you want to wow your guests. If you want a room to have a rustic feel, then there is a lot of choice in this area. Or if you want o make a multipurpose room have clear divides, panelling on one side can help you do this. Panelling is also pretty easy to install yourself, so there is no need to pay for a handyman to do this unless you want to.