How to add value onto your home for little cost
In keeping with the spirit of handy tips, none of the following will be about spending lots of money. Of course putting a wood burner in your living room will help sell your home, but these investments sometimes cost more than they will recoup. Property buyers are fickle and don’t always follow the market. The good news is that this can mean selling your home for a good price with some cheap hacks – making the place look better than it ever has. Even if you aren’t selling, these tips will help put new life back into your home if you’re feeling that it’s becoming stale.
Correct the exterior
This doesn’t necessarily mean re-gutter the whole building or retile the roof. These problems certainly should be addressed if they’re big issues (they can really hinder the value of your home), but generally you can get away with slapping some paint on the home yourself. If you have ladders and the physical capability, spending a few weekends painting up your home isn’t as hard as it seems. A new lick of paint can really brighten up a home – after all, it’s the first thing that buyers look at.
Make the home lighter
When selling a home, a lot of it is about setting a good atmosphere. It’s difficult to sell a dark property. In fact, you’re better of it being light than it being big – the dark will make it seem just as small anyway. You can do this by investing in some cheap, bright light bulbs as well as cleaning your windows. If you want to splash a bit more cash, you can always install a skylight or bi-folding patio doors, which really opens up the place and makes it feel bigger than what it really is.
The bathroom is often one of the overlooked rooms in a room when selling. The fact is, when people look around a home, they ask themselves if they see themselves living here. In what should be the safest and most hygienic room of the house (and this really taps into our evolutionary minds), the bathroom is usually the grottiest. This is the one room where you should really get scrubbing, trying to remove any mould, dirt or general nastiness. The sealant is the biggest problem usually, so get some strong remover for guaranteed removal and re-do it.
Old looking carpets are another thing that puts buyers off. It’s not like you have to replace them (which isn’t always as costly as you might think), but simply steam cleaning them can do wonders. Wooden floors too can be sanded down and varnished to give them a new shine. In fact, you might be surprised by what you find. This can set a precedent for the rest of the home – similar to how shoes can tell you a lot about a person, the floors do the same about a house.
Installing some new security measures such as chains or even a cheap CCTV system can make a huge difference. Security is hugely important, and no one will buy a home that doesn’t seem safe. Most people have never come across a home CCTV system, so for a cheap price, you can really go above and beyond to impress potential buyers.
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