Monday, 20 February 2012

Home Improvements To Add Value To Your Home: Risk-Free Ways To Sell Your Home

You might be aware of the different ways one can increase the value of a house, but perhaps not of some smaller changes you can carry out to improve your sale price. It’s often cheaper improvements that offer the highest returns, rather than the expensive loft conversions or extensions that can be so tempting.

It’s not always a good idea to invest all your money into your home, as it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get more money back when you do sell. Some DIY(Do It Yourself) projects will add more value than you think, so it’s worth thinking about some of the ideas we have here when you’re looking to do a little home improvement.

Home Improvements
Face Value:

Painting the front door and cleaning up the front of your house can do wonders for the overall look of your home. Remember, the first thing a potential buyer sees is the front door, and their first impressions on the house will be made when they arrive.

Once you’ve freshened up the front, have a look at your hallway and stairs. Shoes piled up in the porch or awkward furniture in the hallway can take up valuable space and make the entrance to the home look dark and dingy. Brighten it up by organizing coats and shoes into a cupboard, hanging some mirrors strategically to create space and painting the hallway with a bright color to create light. Again, first impressions count for a lot and you need to make sure it’s a good one.

Creating Outdoor Space:

Most outdoor log cabins or sheds don’t need planning permission, and the size is dictated by your garden space and budget! Ideally, your log cabin should have a clear space of about 1/2ft all around, to make installation and maintenance easier. If the budget allows, paving slabs or concrete is ideal for laying the structure on, and the walls and roof can be insulated to trap heat in during winter, and if you need electricity, it’s best to call in an electrician, unless you are one yourself!

Once you’ve covered the basics, you can furnish the inside however you like to create the perfect office space, although there are plenty more uses for a log cabin. Imagine what would add the most value for your target market, and use your imagination. You could have a personal gym, a mini sports bar, a home office or even just a little hideaway to chill out in after work!

It’s an easy way to add extra space to your house without forking out for an extension or conversion.

Scrub Up Well:

Your bathroom needs to appeal to a wide section of the market, so make sure it’s clean looking, with updated decor and modern fittings. A classic white suite with neutral decor will be more attractive to house-hunters as it looks clean, open and gives them a blank slate to decorate.

If you’re selling a family home, extra bathrooms are a big attraction for potential buyers. Many will be tempted by the idea of never having to wait in line for the shower, or having a separate bathroom from the messy teenagers in the house, so you can be sure that this will be a sound investment.

If you have the space, adding an en-suite bathroom to the master bedroom would make a great selling point, and add value to the house. If your bathroom and toilet are in separate rooms, it might make sense to knock a wall through to create one large bathroom, with the option to rearrange the layout to look more inviting. You could also use clever tricks like tiling up to the ceiling or hanging large mirrors to create the feeling of space and light.

Risky Additions:

Converting a cellar or attic can be a great way to add value, but these can be very expensive depending on the state they’re in. If your attic is already boarded out and insulated, with a floor laid down, you might simply need to do a little cleaning and moving to create a new bedroom. If you have to spend a lot of money on a conversion, it’s probably best avoided as you could struggle to make your money back when it comes to selling.

It’s easy to get carried away with simply knocking through walls or building extensions, but sometimes a different color scheme or rearranging furniture can create more space without the cash. Try moving furniture into different rooms, swap the living room with the dining room or swap the double bed for a single, to make the room look larger. Get a friend to come round and tell you how they arrange the house if they lived there – a fresh pair of eyes can give a different perspective and they might have some great ideas for your home!

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