Everyone wants their home to be a beautiful and comfortable place, and to an extent, to reflect their own tastes, style and personality. And home improvement is one of the nation’s favourite pastimes, but there is another benefit to be had from refurbishing, redecorating or renovating: it can significantly boost the value of your home.
You may not be planning on selling it now, but that time may come and it’s easier to address potential improvements ahead of time than to attempt redecorations or repairs to a deadline when you’re trying to sell. So to help you get an idea of how you can maximise the value of your home, here are some useful pointers.
There are all kinds of tips for portraying your home in the best light to potential buyers, but we’re not talking here about a simple de-cluttering or putting fresh flowers in the living room to impress people who look round your house. The starting point for improving your home is to take a walk around, trying to see it as a stranger might, and making a note of any areas that are looking a little tired, outdated or in need of repair. Then you can get to work!
Kitchen and bathroom
If you want to maximise the effectiveness of your renovation budget, then the best rooms to concentrate on are the kitchen and the bathroom. These are the high traffic areas of the house, and are often the first areas at which potential buyers will look critically. There is no style of kitchen or bathroom décor or layout that will guarantee to improve the value of your home but the key for both rooms is to maximise the size, so as well as updating old worksurfaces or repairing the bath, you also want to increase the level of light in these rooms.
Consider window shutters
Window coverings may not be top of your list when you’re considering how to increase your home value, but this is one area that can produce dramatic effects for a relatively minor outlay. Window shutters not only provide a more stylish solution than traditional curtains, they also give you more control over the amount of light in your home, as well as offering greater privacy and the benefit of noise reduction.
Let’s face it, if you live in the UK, you’re going to get a lot of use out of your central heating! Replacing a central heating boiler or updating an old system is a big job and you may be reluctant to undertake it, but if you are dreading it, imagine how potential buyers will be thinking. Spending the money on ensuring your central heating is up to date now, will enable you to increase the asking price of your home later.
No matter how happy you are with your home, there is always room for improvement. If you are considering updating your house, it is important to consider the potential boost this can give to your biggest asset. Maximising the value of your home is