Looking to add value to your home can seem at first glance like a costly and time-consuming project – and that’s true if you’re considering an extension or loft conversion. But if you don’t want to make a large investment of time and money, you don’t have to!
There are plenty more simple design changes to consider that can increase both the value and appeal of your property. Here are a few things to consider.
Boost the bathroom
Bathrooms can make or break the sale of a property, and a little attention can create a lot of value. But you need to keep an eye on the trends. Not so long ago a large, luxurious bath was essential in the dream bathroom. But today, many buyers are more impressed with a large, glass-walled shower enclosure.
Either way, a modern, clean and fresh bathroom adds instant value to your property. Buying and installing a new bathroom suite is often less expensive than you think and has instant wow factor. But in many cases, retiling, repainting and reflooring can have just as powerful an impact. See House and Garden for some good bathroom update ideas.
Get crafty in the kitchen
The kitchen is the other key room to consider. You don’t have to invest in a brand new kitchen costing thousands. Try repainting the walls in an on-trend, neutral shade for an instant boost. If your kitchen needs a little more TLC, you could consider a new worktop or tiles – or a modern glass splashback.
Repainting cupboard doors and buying new handles can deliver dramatic results. If the space looks like new it can add thousands to the value of your home. Ideal Home has some great ideas and examples.
Space it out.
Open plan spaces are very popular among homeowners today and many of us are seeking rooms that ‘flow’ into each other. Have you considered whether an open plan living space could work for your home? By knocking a wall through you can combine some of your living areas. Adding dining space to your kitchen will add real appeal, as well as maximising space and creating an airy feel.
If sledgehammer action is a step too far for you, some well-placed, high quality mirrors will help bring light to any darker areas and give an illusion of space.
Rule your road
A phrase often trotted out by estate agents is ‘kerb appeal’. It’s a nice way of saying that house that looks messy on the outside is harder to sell. TV’s Phil Spencer even goes so far as to suggest that a well maintained exterior can add up to £5000 to your property’s value.
If the outside of your house looks well cared for, it gives the impression that the interior will be in tip top shape too. So, paint your front door, wooden window frames and make sure your gutters are clear. A tidy front garden will further reassure visitors that this is a well-kept home. Finish with a few well-placed plant pots and your house will be the envy of the neighbourhood.
As the home makeover programmes frequently show us, the value of a home often rests on superficial factors. When it comes to house prices, a little effort goes a long way.