5 ways to add value to your home

October 27, 2016

If you’ve been thinking about selling your house at some point in the near future, you’ll want to start getting ready as soon as possible. For many homeowners, this includes grabbing a set of tools from the shed and getting their hands dirty. For others, it just means calling a tradesman.

The following are five simple ways that you can approach turnkey status and improve the value of your house before putting it on the market.

External wall revamp and painting

The first thing that a potential buyer will see is the exterior of your home. So it’s worth making sure that your home looks its best outside and in. Properties that appear dilapidated, old, or ugly just won’t make the cut. There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to make your home look fresh, modern and more universally appealing. Shy away from overly bold shades, such as lime green, or you’ll make your house stand out for all the wrong reasons. It’s a good idea to consult with your real estate agent or a designer before you get started. There are also virtual painting programs online that can give you a preview.

Deck addition

Outdoor living spaces have become more desirable, especially since more people stay home for vacation. Adding timber decking increases the value of your home. If you make your deck and your backyard more attractive, your house will be more appealing to prospective buyers when you decide to sell. The cost of adding a deck to your home varies widely. Everything depends on its size, and how many bells and whistles you want added, like built-in seating, multiple stairs, built-in flower pots, and the size of the deck.

Internal lighting fixtures

The cost of lighting fixtures can vary, but if you have old-fashioned hanging lights with paper lampshades, it’s probably time for an upgrade. Lighting is really important when selling your home, as no buyer is going to want to live in a dark space. Down-lights look good in most environments and lighting can be used to play up other pieces of decor in the home. Energy efficient lighting can also boost a property’s appeal.

Kitchen upgrades

The kitchen is one of the most important communal areas of any home. Buyers want a functional workspace that includes good taps, cupboards, and bench-tops. It’s a common mistake for sellers to overdo kitchen upgrades with fancy granite or marble bench-tops and all-new stainless steel appliances. Although this looks sleek and modern, some buyers will be turned off by these types of upgrades because they’ll automatically assume that the house is more expensive as a result of them.

Interior flooring

It may seem strange, but the floor is one of the first things that buyers look at upon entering a property. People expect their homes’ floors to be contemporary, clean, and stylish. Old, musty carpeting will definitely not do your home any favours. Although hardwood floors are perennially popular and easy to care for, a high quality carpet can also be quite attractive and create a warm atmosphere. Be sure to fix any flaws in your flooring and be prepared to replace carpets if they are ancient.

Attack one task at a time and enlist the help of professionals. Rather than falling into non-action, it’s better to focus on tasks that don’t require too much financial investment or energy at first. By the end of your efforts, you’ll be confident that you’ve done everything in your power to boost your home’s value and attract buyers.

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