Home owners are always very conscious about maintaining their properties and increasing their values. The reality is, that in order to do this you spend a considerable amount of time working and doing projects on your house, firstly to ensure that it doesn’t fall into a state of disrepair and secondly to try and find ways to add value to your asset without spending an inordinate amount of money. But what are the tricks? Improving the value of your property is important but obviously at the same time you don’t want to over-capitalize and spend too much. The key is finding ways to spend a little but to add a lot of value. Here are a few tips.
Make it safe
A safe home is a valuable home which means that a little bit of spend on security systems will go a long way towards increasing the value of the property and giving an estate agent something else to crow about. The more state of the art the better, but again, just make sure that what you install is an appropriate solution.
You don’t want to create the impression that you are living in a crime-torn hell-hole, but at the same time you want potential buyers to feel that they are inheriting something that will leave them and their families safe at night.
An attractive garden makes a great impression as it is the first thing that a visitor will see. So, if you are looking to create a good feel about your property then plant and go big with the garden. The nice thing about this solution is that it is not expensive, and it is something that you can do by yourself or with only a little bit of help. A trip to the nursery to stock up on plants, a spade and some compost and you are good to go. If in doubt, rather plant too much than too little, you would much rather have a lush, green forest than a barren wilderness.
A coat of paint goes a long way towards making a good impression. It doesn’t have to be the whole house that is repainted from inside to out. Although if budget allows this is a good option. If cash is tight you can always just create a feature wall somewhere inside. Pick a wall that is nicely visible and exposed and paint it a bold color – something striking and bright that helps it stand out and which in turn will lend the room energy and vibrancy. It is a weekend’s worth of work.
No home can ever have too much cupboard space and any realtor will tell you that built-in-cupboards are major selling points. Unlike kitchens and bathrooms which are expensive to renovate, and which are a matter of personal taste – these are the two rooms that are most frequently redone by purchasers, no matter how new or state-of-the-art they may be – cupboards are purely functional. And they add value to the home, significantly more value than the cost of installing them. Get a carpenter or handyman to do the home improvement job as cupboards can be quite fiddly, but again, if your house is low in the storage department, then committing to cupboards will bring significant returns.
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