You don’t have to break the bank to increase the value of your property. The key to simple renovations is to focus on areas that can make a difference and are in keeping with the property – it’s pointless putting in a granite bench top when the property is a small 2-bedroomed unit just as an elaborate en-suite bathroom often isn’t high on the agenda for people with young families.
Little touches such as changing dated door handles and lampshades do help. Here are some more cheaper tweaks which may be of help – plus if your house is well presented, they may help your house sell faster too.
Let in the Light
We all love our sunshine in Newcastle let it in! Clean the windows and fix fly screens. Downlights not only modernise the property, but they are more economical too – an added attraction for many buyers. Trim back trees which may be blocking out the light and strategically placed mirrors can work wonders in a dark room. It may also be worth adding a skylight to let in more natural light.
Roll on the Paint
A fresh coat of paint in neutral colours does add value. But it’s not just the walls which will benefit from a refreshed look. If the floral bathroom tiles are still in good nick, there are some really good tile paints available and newly painted cabinets can breathe life into a tired kitchen.
You don’t have to go overboard in here. Simply buying a new shower curtain, changing rusty taps, getting a new toilet seat and fixing the drip can give a bathroom a new feel. Plus, installing a duel flush and a water efficient showerhead can make it more attractive from hip pocket point of view.
What’s Cooking in the Kitchen?
The kitchen is the main focus for a lot of buyers so make some simple changes to make it more attractive. Changing cabinet handles, fixing broken doors and changing taps can all add value. Consider installing a folding worktop to increase workspace or putting in shelving for additional storage space.
Create a New Space
Clearing out an attic, transforming the ‘den’ to a spare bedroom or even making an alcove into a home office are creative ways of giving the impression of more space. By putting seating in empty outside areas, you can also increase the entertaining area.
Do not underestimate the power of a good clean. It really is worth taking the time to clean air vents, extractor fans, cookers and behind the toilet. And cleaning includes the outside too. De-cobweb the eaves and sweep decking and patios.
A well-kept garden is very appealing, but it doesn’t have to be landscaped. Colourful potted plants and well placed greenery do make a property more attractive and can increase value. Make sure your lawn is trimmed and trim back overgrown hedges.
Less is More
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Declutter. Create the impression of space, so keep pictures and other wall hangings to a minimum, pack away those holiday mementos on the mantelpiece and remove superfluous furniture.
If you’d like to know some more quick and ways on how to increase your property value, our team love to help out, so give us ring us on 02 4954 8833 or call in at our Cardiff office.
With 40 years of business behind us, we’re always looking at new and innovative ways in which to help you get the best out of your property so let us help you realise your property dreams.