Whether you’re looking to sell your home, or simply want to ensure its value further down the line, it pays to keep your home up to date. From making the most of natural light to a fresh lick of paint, here are eight easy ways to increase the value of your home.
Maximise natural light
A feature that many prospective buyers look for – and consequently an area of your home that ought to be given due diligence – is the amount of natural light that floods your home. Ample natural light fixtures – such as windows or skylights – is a great way to ensure your home is a light-filled one, and subsequently will go a long way towards increasing the value of your home. If such a modification is beyond your budget, a simple reassessment of the lighting around your home may also do the trick. A smart use of ambient and accent lighting can have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of your home, and if used properly may also help attract potential buyers.
Optimise outdoor areas
If space permits, installing a granny flat in your garden is one of the most lucrative ways of increasing the value of your home. And with the ever-growing demand for Airbnbs, it can also be a worthwhile investment that will help generate an income that can help pay off your mortgage.
Give the walls a lick of paint
A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for any home, particularly if the current colour palette is dated or in disrepair. Neutral colours are your best bet – and ivory in particular is known for adding value to a home. Easy and inexpensive to boot, it’s time to dig out your overalls and paintbrushes to breathe a new sense of life into your home.
Get creative with the décor
Ensuring your soft furnishings add a sense of class to your home is a great way of showing what it’s like to live in – which is crucial when it comes to attracting potential buyers. From chic rugs to stylish scatter cushions, a few simple touches can make the world of difference.
Refresh and repair
If you want to add extra value to your home, it’s time to take a step back and asses your property room by room. Whether you’ve got some flooring that could do with fixing, a creaky staircase that could do with an overhaul, or cracked surfaces that are in need of a refresh, ensuring that your home is in good working order is crucial when it comes to maximising its value.
Pay attention to storage
While storage may not seem like an obvious way in which to increase the value of your home, you’d be surprised by its clout. Generous amounts of storage space is an attractive allure for most buyers, so optimising your dwelling to maximise on storage space is an easy – and often inexpensive way – of upgrading your home.
Step up your street appeal
While there’s only so much you can do to up the curb side charm of your abode, paying heed to what your property looks like from the outside is just as important as attending to the interior. From fixing up fences to painting your front door, a few humble tweaks will go a long way to improving the aesthetics of your home.
Opt for gas appliances
Gas appliances are a favourite home feature for most potential buyers, mainly because not only do they have the ability to heat up in an instance, but they too are often better for the environment, producing less greenhouse gas emissions than electricity. If you’re considering a switch, now’s the time to do it.