Property is always a hot topic, and homeowners are always looking for ways to add value to their home, regardless of whether they intend to sell or remain in the home for years to come. There are a multitude of different ways that you can increase the value of your home, ranging from quick DIY upgrades to large-budget renovations. Some methods can yield more value (per dollar spent) than others.
The easiest and cheapest (in fact, it’s free to do-it-yourself) way to add immediate value to your home is by doing a thorough clean. Putting some elbow grease into sprucing up every surface will result in a much nicer looking home that is immediately more inviting and elegant. A deep exterior clean of your home will make it sparkle from the outside and increase the value further.
Space is a very large factor in both real and perceived property values. While renovating to knock down walls and create more space can have a dramatic impact on value, a simpler method to start with would be decluttering existing spaces. You may be surprised as to how much larger a room can feel by removing a few unnecessary items and rearranging furniture. Decluttering creates a much more airy home, and the feeling of additional space is immediate.
Taking care of the lawns, and pruning any plants and bushes can have a significant impact on the curb appeal of your home. A nice, neat garden goes a long way in dressing up your home. If you want to go all out, some professional landscaping can certainly help with creating a new look and feel for your home.
Simply repainting the walls of your home will make it look new again. Choose a modern palate for higher impact, and add new life to your home. Exterior painting can also make a tired home look new again, so painting is a worthwhile investment to consider. Pay particular attention to doors as well, as this can modernise your property, subsequently increasing its value.
While we’re on the topic of doors, you should consider replacing certain exterior doors in your home. This can add a new style and create an impactful facade for both visitors and potential buyers alike. One of the best ways to add value to your home from an exterior perspective is to change your garage doors. As the largest doors in your home and the most visible from the street, updating your garage doors can create significant curbside impact and visual appeal, leading to a significant increase in perceived value.
Curtains and carpets
A refresh of your curtains and carpets to ensure they are cleaned or replaced will have a tremendous impact on the overall feel of your interior. If doing this, ensure that the colour palette matches your paint palette.
The bathroom is a room where quality can quickly be observed. Upgrading your fixtures and taps can add sparkle and prestige, and renewing grouts or re-tiling can also add value. Lighting should never be ignored either, as a well lit bathroom is extremely important for both aesthetic and practical reasons.
Considered to be the heart of a home, the kitchen is often a focal point when it comes to the value of a home. Ensuring you have good quality appliances and fixtures will add value, as will proper lighting, stone benches, and new cupboard doors. From the economical end of the spectrum (painting cupboard doors) to the higher end (remodelling entirely), there are plenty of ways to add value to this space.
With so many ways to add value to your home, the first step is to take an objective look at it from the outside and then work your way in. This will help you determine what may be necessary and what might yield the greatest results with the lowest cost. The possibilities are endless, so increasing the value of your home will depend on how much you’re willing to spend and how far your imagination stretches.