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5 Fantastic Ways To Add Value To Your Home
Planning on setting some new year's resolutions? How about setting one to invest in your home to make the most of your new year spirit! There are five key ways to transform your pad into a fresh, rejuvenated home whilst increasing your equity through some simple home improvements.
1. Create Space
Trending among home owners and buyers are light, open plan spaces that flow between the kitchen, dining and living room. Entertainers and parents alike revel in open plan layouts to socialise with family and friends around the hub of the house. To achieve open plan living, engage a qualified builder to assess if current walls could come down or if balconies could be enclosed. Alternatively you can add spaces as extra bedrooms or rumpus / media rooms for growing families. Additional rooms increase rental yield and property value as buyers can determine their function whether as a bedroom, a parents retreat, kids rumpus, media room, man cave, office or granny flat. Hoek modular homes offer a great range of custom built living spaces designed with you, that are built off site then delivered to your property for assembly - all you need is a spot adjacent to the house that meet a few building regulations and voila your new living space is ready to enjoy whilst adding some bucks to the value of your property.
2. Kitchen Overhaul
We've all heard it before, kitchens sell houses. It can be costly to install a brand spanking new kitchen with concrete bench tops, lavish appliances and featured drop lights but there are a few cost efficient upgrades that will add spice to your kitchen that you and potential buyers will appreciate. Have a go at updating cupboard doors or handles, installing a creative new splash back, changing tap fittings, replacing bench tops, adding a mobile island bench for extra storage, investing in some funky bar stools or modern lighting, acquiring 'matching' appliances, or adding some greenery (e.g. potted herbs as an edible accessory) to make our kitchens come alive.
3. Street Appeal
You want first impressions among visitors or potential buyers to be positive, but you also want that 'aahhhh I'm home' feeling after a busy day. Start with landscaping the front then make the entrance one to remember. Trimming the lawn, defining pathways, adding some easy maintenance foliage, updating the letterbox or simply the numbers, a new front door and locks (that work) will instantly make a good impression to you and prospective buyers. A lick of paint on fences, railings and if finances permit, a total refresh of the colour palate to your front facade will give your place street appeal that screams 'welcome home'.
4. Better Bathroom
Bathrooms are where we scrub up to look and feel great. A not so great, out dated bathroom isn't the most positive start and finish to our day and will not impress property valuers or potential buyers. Updating bathrooms will contribute to the overall impression of the home and can be improved by changing tiles to modern, neutral tones, replacing the vanity and tap fittings or simply changing cupboard door handles, hanging a funky mirror, accessorising with new toothbrush holders or by installing glass shower screens. For that 'wow' factor, free standing baths are the latest luxury trend.
5. Beneath Your Feet
Flooring is key to a cosy, clean, refreshed vibe at home. Worn, frayed and wrinkled old carpet can make a home look tired, smell funky and feel dirty under foot. So get rid of any scratched, cracked and spoilt floor boards or chipped tiles. Choice of flooring can make a house look larger, smell fresher and boost the quality factor of your home. Selecting plush carpet or the perfect tile (think texture, colour) will depend on the colour palette of your walls and decor so enlist a flooring consultant to make the best choice. Re-sanding and polishing wooden floors can be a costly exercise but if the outcome is a beautiful, vibrant wooden finish that will last ten years you will be rewarded with a contemporary look to enjoy everyday thereafter if kept clean of course! Cheaper alternatives to achieve that timber look are click planks you can install yourself, or laying new look vinyl after ripping up old carpet.
Whatever makeover your home needs, these tips will help you prioritise where to start with your re-decorating resolution for 2016. Happy home improving!
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