Whether you’re looking to sell your home or you just want to be more appreciative of the space you live in, people are always looking for ways to increase the value of their homes. A lot of people think that they will need to take some kind of drastic action if they’re to succeed in raising the value of their home but this isn’t the case and you can actually successfully increase the value of your property without any real disruption to your life.
The exterior is the first and most basic change that you can make to your home. If someone comes to see your home as a prospective buyer or even if they’re just walking passed it on the street then you’ll want to make a good impression – you won’t want to make a bad impression anyway. Whenever someone looks at the exterior of your home – especially if they’re potential buyers – they’ll be judging whether or not they feel that it’s worth the cost. If you make a good first impression then this will have a good effect on the rest of the viewing because remember no matter how nice your home is inside, if the exterior makes a bad impression on them then they know that it’ll have a negative impact on other people when they come to visit their new home. Rather than losing a sale because of the way that the exterior of your home looks spend some time on your front garden removing weeds, fixing the gate and if necessary adding a new coat of paint to your front door, fence and window ledges.
Space is the one thing that everyone loves. If you’re planning on staying in your house then you’ll still probably say that you could do with more space and if you’re planning on putting your house on the market then every buyer will be looking for space. Whether you’ve got a large home or you’re limited to a small cottage really doesn’t matter because whoever comes to see it will always say that they could do with more space which is why optical illusion is so important. Adding light to your home will instantly make it look so much bigger, forget the creation of mood with dark, ambient colours, when looking at a new home people like to see a blank canvas so that they can imagine their own possessions in there.
In order to give your living space an extension either paint it a light, neutral colour – if you’re planning on selling – or add some large, bright artificial lights to dark rooms if you want it to feel like you have a lot more space than you really do. Another great way to do this is to add lighter coloured furniture to dark rooms for example a white sofa or light woods. A huge trend nowadays is oversized furniture but this is something you should definitely avoid if you’re trying to create the illusion of more space.
When people first move into their home they’re usually really keen to decorate and put their own personality into the property. However after a few years all decorating will look dull and drab as the paint starts to flake, marks appear on the walls and the style isn’t on trend anymore. If you’re planning to sell your home then fresh paint and colours throughout your home are essential but even if you’re not selling you should still be willing to decorate every now and again in order to rekindle the love that you have for your property.
If you plan on living in your home for a number of years then it’s essential that you like what you have to look at, not only to keep yourself happy and content but also so that you allow yourself to feel proud whenever people come to visit your home.
Top Tip: Painting your interior doors black will instantly bring a high class, sophisticated look to your home which will have a great impact on visitors.
The flooring in your home is just as important as the décor because this also wears out over time. If you have carpets then you’ll have to keep a much closer eye on these than you do wooden or laminate floors as they’ll begin to show their age much sooner, especially in high traffic areas. If it’s time you invested in some new flooring but think that wooden floors and laminate are too cold and characterless then consider covering your new, plush carpet with a rug in order to prevent wear and tear quite so quickly.
Furniture and accessories won’t actually bump up the price of your home but they can make it look much more expensive meaning people will perceive it to be worth more. Large cushions are all in at the moment so throw away any flat, lifeless cushions and replace them with huge, plump alternatives. A great trick is to stuff a large cushion into a smaller case as this will make your seating area look especially plush.
Large and interesting light fittings are another great way to bring expense to your home. Glass light fittings are especially popular because although they don’t cost a lot they really do look expensive.
Information source: Gardens and Homes Direct have provided an insight into ways that anybody can increase the value of their household by simply getting out the paint brushes, a little bit of elbow grease and the right choice of home furnishings, what are you waiting for!