Adding value to your property

Adding value to your property

​If you are a homeowner looking to increase the value of your home or investment property, there are many ways to boost your property’s value.  Instead of waiting for the property market to increase the value your home, you can add value yourself through a home DIY renovation.

The tips I am going to outline today are simple and small changes that will make a dramatic difference to your home to boost its value.

My tips for improving the value of your home are:

1. Improve the garden – there is always work to be done in the garden, and a little bit of care can go a long way to improve the appeal of your home through the use of your garden. Make sure it’s neat and tidy and if possibly add some new plants and bark to keep it looking fresh. Also use a high-pressured hose to clean the driveway, paths and other surfaces near the garden, so that they look clean and well maintained.

2. Paint your house inside and out, and make sure you use modern light colours. Be careful to have extreme feature wall colours in your house or have different paint colour in different rooms. Colour is a very personal thing to people, so I always recommend keeping your walls a neutral colour such as white or cream. You can never go wrong.

3. Replace old fashioned light fittings with modern light fittings. This is relatively inexpensive task and instantly lifts the look and feel of your house. By getting an electrician in to install modern LED lights, it can instantly make your home look brand new and a lot brighter.

4. Improve the entrance  - this applies to the entrance both outside and inside your property. First impressions are lasting impressions, so it is essential that this part of the house is in good condition. From the outside, the door is a key focal point of your property. Paint the door or invest in a new door to improve its appeal. Make sure the surfaces on the outside of the house are all clean and in good condition.

5. Lighten the property -  the amount of natural light in a property can dramatically impact the feel of a home. By creating a lighter home, you will make the environment feel bigger and more open.  Maybe you can install a skylight or improve the windows, but you can make your property brighter by improving the lights and painting the walls a bright colour

6. Makeover the bathroom – you don’t have to makeover your entire bathroom, you can add value by simply improving a few areas key areas of your bathroom. My suggestions would be to invest some money in new sink and taps, to change the feel of the bathroom. Alternatively, you could also look at painting the walls and improving the cupboard door handles in the bathroom

7. Fresh flooring – whether you have timber, carpet or tiled flooring, a quick refresh of these areas will always improve the properties value.  If you’re not able to clean these areas thoroughly yourself, I would definitely recommend hiring a professional to clean the spaces for you, as it will not only improve the look but sometimes even the smell of a room when cleaned properly

8. Improve the window treatments –windows are an area of a house that can sometimes be neglected, and require some maintenance to improve. Spend some time on your windows, cleaning them and filling in any cracked surfaces. It is also a good idea to consider installing new blinds or curtains to change the feel of the room.

9. Improve the kitchen – there are some small ways to improve your kitchens worth, without breaking your budget. Look at replacing the splashback, investing in some new cupboard doors and handles or simply painting the surfaces.

The above tips will definitely add value to your home and will help improve the look and feel of all areas. There are many other ways you can add value through a DIY renovation, and if you are heading down this path I would definitely encourage you to do some research so that you can compile a list that is appropriate for the state of your property.

By Marie Mortimer. You can follow Marie on Google+

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