If you’re looking around your home thinking it’s in desperate need of a makeover, you’ll probably be wondering where you should start and how you can fund the changes you want to make. However, giving your home a revamp need not cost you a fortune and with a few simple touches, you can create an inviting, designer space that not only looks better but adds value to your property too.
There are many ways you can transform your property but a lot of them require an endless amount of money. Converting a loft or putting an extension on the back of your house are all investments that can add value to your property, but they also require a lot of money to start with. Instead, there are a number of affordable changes homeowners can make to help add to the value of their home.
Simple makeovers that involve little work and a small budget are the way forward, and here are some simple ideas that you could utilize within your home:
Give Your Kitchen a New Lease of Life
Buying a new kitchen will be costly but you can transform this space without having to give it a complete overhaul. If you’re selling your home, you’ll want your kitchen to appeal to potential buyers and one way to do this is to paint the cupboards in a light, fresh and neutral color. You can also a modern twist by removing some of the doors to create an open-plan design.
Other simple ideas include changing the taps for modern ones and adding more storage space. These little tweaks can completely transform the look of your kitchen, which is important as this will be one of the most important rooms in the home when selling your property. This is also the case for the bathroom; and by painting the tiles, adding more storage and injecting some new life through accessories and towels, you can instantly make your bathroom look much more appealing to a prospective buyer.
First Impressions Count
Your entire property will be scrutinized when a potential buyer visits it, so you need to try and look at your home as a buyer. Does the outside area look well kept? If not, look to remove any toys, tools or other clutter, mow the lawns and repair any broken fences or gates. Then introduce some color with bright flowers and a few simple accessories, making this an inviting space.
Look at the Flooring Throughout Your Home
Installing new floors throughout your home can be costly but if they looked tired, worn and outdated, you may need to make some improvements. Instead of buying a whole new floor, get any carpets professionally cleaned so they look in tip-top condition; wax wooden floors to bring the shine back and consider putting rugs over tired carpets / floors to add to the look of the room.
Whilst you’re looking at your floor, don’t forget your skirting boards, as these can also start to look tired over time. If you replace these in the areas where you need, it can also help to improve the overall look of your flooring.
Change Your Light Switches
Light switches can take a lot of hammer over the years and may start to discolor or go yellow after a while. If this is the case in your home, swap them for new ones. This won’t cost a lot and you could even upgrade them to brass ones to add a stylish, high-quality touch to each room. You could also consider installing dimmer switches which will add to the overall ambiance of each room.
Consider the Environment
Going green is something many people are starting to consider, and if you’ve already made the relevant changes in your home, this may appeal more to prospective buyers. Expensive changes include installing double glazing or getting cavity wall insulation but other small, cost-effective changes you can make include changing to energy efficient light bulbs and putting more insulation in your loft. Not only will you save on your energy bills whilst you’re at the property but you’ll also help to increase your property’s value as people appreciate how energy-efficient it is.
As you can see, you don’t need to invest a lot of time or money into making some improvements around your home. Whether you’re looking to sell straight away or it’s something you’re considering in the future, making these changes can help you to get more money out of your property and without spending much at all!
About the Author
Bethany O’Sullivan is an interior designer. Always having a creative flair, Beth is one of those lucky people who thoroughly enjoy going to work each day. She writes for DIY/Home Decor blogs during free weekend afternoons.