Monday, 13 May 2013

Increase Your Home's Value Inexpensively



Are you trying to think of ways to increase the value of your home? Of course, you can contact an architect Denbigh for some advice on what could be done to your home to add value, or you could try and do a few bits and bobs yourself that do not cost thousands of pounds. If you are thinking long term, an extension, conversion or remodel could be your best bet – but if you’re thinking of some short term and inexpensive ideas, using the advice in this article could be beneficial.

Clean and ‘Declutter’ Your Home

Do a basic clean

Nothing will give you a better return on investment that some elbow grease and hard work. A cleaner house will make it look much more appealing to the estate agents when they come an value your property. This will just take some of your time and literally no money, meaning the time you put in could help increase your home’s value.

Get rid of clutter

Make sure that your house looks spacious by eliminating junk and unnecessary items. Any old furniture, decaying & ugly items, piles of paper and whatever else doesn't look neat and clean. If you don’t have it in you to part from some of your stuff, or the whole job seems too much for now, you should get a storage container until you have sold the house. It is always better to show an empty house than one that is riddled with clutter.

Deep clean

Once you have de-cluttered, you should have more room to work with. You should undertake a thorough housecleaning process, ranging from the typical chores like mopping and dusting, to the rarely-cleaned areas like skirting boards, blinds, heating vents, and furniture. You should steam clean your carpets and wash all your windows and walls. Wipe down all blinds and remove any broken screens. Looking outside, you should pressure-wash the dirt on the outside of your house, on the drive and pavements outside your home.

Eliminate odours

Sometimes people can’t detect odd smells because their noses are so accustomed to it. If you think your homes smells great, ask a friend to come from outside and give their opinion on it. Typical things that can create odours in a house include pets, dirty carpets, furniture, bedding and pets. Ensure all of these are cleaned appropriately to eliminate all smells.

Easy Do-it-yourself Projects

Spruce up the garden

Get rid of all the garden and household waste that could be stored in the garden. Make sure you lawn is kept in good condition – make sure it has been cut nicely. Trim the hedges get rid of weeds and care for the flower beds. If you don’t have much to work with, why not plant some flowers or buy some small shrubs to make your garden look a little bit more attractive. Anything more than that could be considered as a waste of money.

Give your walls a fresh coat of paint

Painting your walls can instantly brighten up your home and make it appear much clean and fresh. First, patch up any holes, no matter how small. Apply a few layers of paint to ensure you have got a great covering, and sand the layers gently, before topping it off with a coat of latex paint.

Put up fresh curtains and blinds

Blinds and curtains are relatively inexpensive and can make a big difference. Over time, the colours fade from the sun, so new ones can make a better impression than older ones.

Install modern light switches and outlet covers

Some modern switches can be installed very easily using the existing wires. Just make sure you turn off the power to the house before doing any work. New covers and switches can modernise a home, making the house look newer than it actually is. Dimmer switches are also desirable, so consider installing these.

Check the square foot of your home

Sometimes your home’s square footage will be higher than what the assessor has recorded. Even a few extra square feet can add a lot of value to your home, so ensure that it is measured accurately.
Add trimmings/ wood trim to your railings, ceiling trims, etc.

Simple ceiling trims and armchair railings are the easiest to do and can be an upgrade that makes everything look fresh, clean and stylish. To make a bold statement, why not paint your walls a neutral, flat colour and paint the trim a high gloss white.

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