Top tips to improve your home

Your home is likely to be the most expensive investment you ever make. As such you should treat it as your pride and joy and even look at ways to improve both the aesthetic appeal and value. The secret to doing this though, is knowing where to start.

Have a look through our quick guide to get you started on increasing your property’s value in today’s housing market.

  • Start from the outside

The ‘kerb appeal’ of your home speaks volumes in how much care and attention you pay to your property. The exterior is the first thing you and any guests or visitors see when arriving. It’s this first impression that could make or break a potential sale in the future too, no matter what the inside looks like. So how can you address this? It could be as simple as adding a fresh layer of paint, usually a neutral colour such as cream. You’ll also want to remove weeds and tidy up any overgrown sections of the front garden. Remember, the first impression is crucial.

  • Replace your kitchen

For many homeowners the kitchen is the hub of the home, so where better place to start when it comes to improving the property. Aside from the bedroom, the kitchen is where the average homeowner will spend most of their lifetime and this room is a lynchpin in securing a buyer’s investment.
Replacing the kitchen is a great way to add value to your home too, and the great news is there are many designs and styles to choose from in order to set your home apart. You can get a look that suits you and is in keeping with your property too. You can choose everything from the worktops to the flooring, so make sure to use an expert and get the best price for your new kitchen.

  • Revamp the garden

The garden has always been an important part of the home and even if you don’t have a lot of space to utilise, it’s important to keep it well maintained and looking great. Transforming your garden can have a significant visual effect, so creating a paved or decked area can have amazing benefits. With garden furniture lighting or canopies you can vastly improve the appeal at a relatively inexpensive outlay too.

  • Add an extra bedroom

In today’s housing market, people tend to look for larger homes with more bedrooms for their growing family. As such, adding an extra bedroom is one of the best ways to add value to your property and will have a significant impact when you come to sell up. If space doesn’t permit to add an extra bedroom though, then think of ways to make your home more attractive, such as a walk-in wardrobe or study area. These can be great selling points.
There are more expensive ways to create an extra bedroom, including a loft conversion. Those who are brave enough to convert this wasted space into a bedroom ensuite will reap the rewards, with around 20% added to the property’s value.

  • Bring in luxury appeal

Basements are an area of any home that are often overlooked, despite the wealth of space they offer. Think about ways you can make use of this space, whether it be a games room, home cinema or something else. No matter your budget you can improve the area in some way and get the most from your entire house.
Upgrading your property is a very important process, so it’s worthwhile thinking carefully about all the renovations you can complete to boost value and increase the appeal.

Tom Crosswell

I have been managing online projects since 1999 and I'm a experienced marketeer, who is well versed in international brand management, online business strategy and developing long term relationships. Through my academic and professional background I am a specialist in generating online loyalty towards brands. My experience has taught me that ultimately business is about relationships and people. For more information see my Google+ page.

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