As the housing market tentatively re-opens, you might now be seriously contemplating a home move. Or, you may have decided your property needs a certain level of attention to ensure a more functional and harmonious home.
Whatever or not you stay put, there are a number of ways to add value to your property, from straight-forward improvements, where basic DIY know-how will see you through, to larger transformations where a certain level of expertise (and probably a bigger budget) will be required. Here we look at 5 key options for a post-lockdown property spruce up.
We’re always told that first impressions matter and, to make a good one, your home needs to look immaculate both inside and out – from the outset.
Double glazed windows often feature high on a buyer’s wish list. Depending on the property’s location, they may be a fixture for which a buyer may pay more. Even if you consider your windows to be of a good standard, how’s the paintwork looking? Sanding down, treating and repainting the frames will give your home an immediate facelift and fresh appeal.
Revamp Your Bathroom
Having a sleek modern bathroom can be the icing on the cake for many. So, if yours is looking a bit tired, it might be time to add a lick of paint, change the taps, say goodbye to the shower curtain and repair the grouting.
You don’t have to start from scratch either. Giving your bathroom a good clean, whilst removing patches of hard to reach mildew and rust is essential groundwork. Changing your towel rail, updating your towels, adding a couple of rattan storage baskets, and maybe a new blind, will significantly upgrade the space. If you decide that a full makeover is required, choose neutral designs and colours for your new bathroom suite, to interest as many potential future buyers as possible.
As we all know, the kitchen is the hub of the home. And arguably, during the pandemic with all meals being prepared and cooked at home, your kitchen has become even more important. Hence future homeowners may well have an even greater interest in the kitchen, looking for more space to cook and hang out in, as well as high quality fridges and ovens. Such items are not inexpensive, but if yours need replacing, a new model will certainly add extra appeal to your home.
A brand new kitchen will set you back a pretty penny, but you could update your kitchen cabinets with new doors or handles; even painting them yourself will give your kitchen a new lease of life. Adding contemporary features such as spotlights or underfloor heating could also increase the asking price.
Maximise Your Space
Significantly boosting the value of your home, a loft conversion is a fantastic addition if your budget allows for it. But if this isn’t an option, take a look at what space you do have. Have you got a box room that is currently used as a dumping ground?
From an extra bedroom or home-study to a gym or additional bathroom, turn this wasted space into a luxury that will add functionality to your home and impress a future buyer. Bespoke furniture and built-in pieces will maximise every space and make the room feel larger.
Invest In Savvy Storage
No one wants to be faced with a cluttered and overcrowded home. Better storage throughout your property will make it tidier and as a result, brighter, bigger and more organised.
Floor-to-ceiling shelving can be a great addition to a home study or lounge area, functional and perfect for displaying personal and family treasures, as well as keeping items tidy, yet accessible. In a bedroom, multi-functional pieces such as a bed with storage underneath or one which folds away against the wall, can help project your home’s full potential.
Give your home a new lease of life and increase its value at the same time. Our showroom may be currently closed, but we’re still around to offer design advice and stylish ideas. Simply take a look at our Room Ideas or fill in our Request A Design Visit form, and we’ll contact you to arrange an appointment just as soon as we’re back in action.