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4 tips to increase the value of your home

by emily

in Design & Trends

Whether you’ve just bought your house or lived there for 10 years, the fastest way to increase the value of your home is by making a plan. If selling your house is what you want to do soon, then you might want to get ready now. For you, it might mean digging and getting your hands dirty while others will just call in a professional. Whichever way you decide to go, it’s important to make your home as welcoming as possible. The goal is for your house to stand out for the right reasons when potential buyers are viewing homes in your area. So, you have to give it that homely feeling and make it look amazing.

It’s important to know which projects will increase your home’s worth and which ones will harm it. It’s always better to try to figure this out before starting with the revamping process. You’re then able to budget more easily for this project. Remember to take your time as this is a marathon and not a sprint.

Here are a few things you can do to increase the value of your home.

Do one room at a time

If you don’t want to create a big mess, tackling one room at a time might be the best option. Whether it’s adding a brand new coat of paint or creating an en suite bathroom in the main room, doing one room at a time will help you keep projects achievable. It’s always best to work according to a to-do list. That way you can see what you’ve done and what you still need to do. So, make a list of what you need to do and break it down into categories based on the cost of projects. Write down how much time you think you’ll spend on projects. That way you can do a project that fits within your timeframe and budget.

Install a deck

Having a deck that looks out over a beautiful garden can instantly increase the value of your home. If you’re spending a lot of time at home and always entertain guests, installing wooden decking is a good investment. Entertaining guests outdoors is a trend that has made decking more popular than ever before. Many homeowners are looking for ways to make their deck work in their garden. Installing a deck will definitely be beneficial as potential buyers won’t have to install one. They’re then likely to pay more for your home.

Painting your exterior walls

Many homeowners don’t think of this when looking for ways to increase the value of their home. You should realise that your exterior walls are the first thing potential buyers see when they come to look at the house. So, it’s important to make sure your home looks its part outside and in. If your house appears broken-down, old or unattractive, it won’t make the cut. There’s nothing more beautiful than a fresh new coat of paint to make your home look fresh and modern. And if you want prospective buyers to find your home appealing, it’s best to stay away from unattractive and annoying colours such as lime green. Your home will then stand out for the wrong reasons. If you want to, you can discuss this with an interior designer first to get their opinion. Other than paint, also check outside for visible signs of damage. These are  minor upgrades that can easily increase the value of your home.

Take a look at your kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in any house. This is usually the area prospective buyers would like to see first. Upgrading your kitchen when planning to sell is a must. If the kitchen is on point, it can change the mind of the buyer in a positive way. They look for a functional workspace with good taps, lighting and cupboards. Although they are looking for this, you shouldn’t overdo the upgrades with fancy granite bench-tops and gooseneck faucets. Keep it plain and simple. The modern buyer looks for something plain, modern and to the point. Not something over the top. Make sure all the kitchen equipment and appliances are in good working order. And keep your kitchen neat and tidy at all times. The last thing you want is for a prospective buyer to walk into a dirty kitchen. That will immediately put them off.

There are many other things you can do to increase the value of your home. Conduct proper research to see what areas will boost your selling price. And start with those projects first. As mentioned earlier, take it one room at a time and make it a fun project.

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