When you are about to rent out or sell your house you should know that by performing several cheap fixes you can increase the value of your home. Although some major home improvement projects are anything but inexpensive, we would like to share some useful tips on how to increase the value of your home if you are on a budget. The cost of maintenance and repair projects may vary depending on the general condition of your home. But, before you engage in home improvement projects, bring in a professional property developer or interior designer for a consultation to assess your property so as to check whether the cost of repair works won’t outweigh the profit.
Tips and tricks for adding value to your home before selling
– Check local and building regulations. In some cases, you will need to obtain a permit to perform interior or exterior repair works and make a formal planning application. Therefore, make sure your neighbors are on board and support your ideas.
– Have an inspector take a look at your property. He will be able to suggest some small, but effective repair works, but also he will draw your attention to the issues that you normally wouldn’t notice. Some hidden issues may be a serious deal-breaker when it comes to selling your property. Not to mention that apparently, small problem may turn out to be very expensive and complicated if not treated on time.
– First impression counts. How potential buyers will perceive your property depends on the exterior upkeep. Tidy up and clean your patio area and walkways to make a positive first impression. A clutter-free and tidy outdoor area can boost a potential buyers’ appeal, so freshen up your property so as to make it attractive. Even if you don’t have funds for a total makeover of your garden, you can carry out some simple actions like: de-clutter, remove dead plants, mow the lawn, plant some flowers,…
– Consider repainting both the exterior and the interior since a new coat of paint will add a new look to your home. Give your home a total makeover by using some neutral colors, which will make your property look classy and stylish.
– Perform a top-to-bottom scrubbing and make the interior of your home sparkle. If you don’t have enough time for this task, consider hiring professional cleaners who will tackle even the most ignored and overlooked surfaces.
– Repair obvious defects that may turn away prospective buyers – cracked windows or tiles, deteriorating roof, outdated plumbing or electrical system, termite infestation, water leaks, broken or missing roof tiles, cracks to walls,…
– If you don’t have resources or time to add square footage to your home, you can at least visually increase it and make the interior of your home feel larger. First of all, remove the clutter and tidy up your place. Also, consider adding a large mirror and monochromatic details to open up the space and create a bright and airy impression. Take advantage of natural light so as to expand the space visually. Furthermore, use floor to ceiling curtains, vertical shelves or wall to wall bookshelves to create an illusion of a higher space. Contrary to popular belief, large pieces of furniture or artwork may make a room feel much more spacious that it really is.
– Make your home a termite-free environment. If there are some warning signs that termites have infested your home, act as soon as you notice them before it’s too late.
– Remove and clean the items that may contain dust, contaminants, allergens or hold odors. Remember that no one wants to buy a smelly house with a poor air quality. Also, combat mold and mildew and prevent them from taking over your home in the future and causing some health hazard.