Did you know that you don’t have to spend a small fortune to boost the value of your home? With just a few simple tricks and minimal expense, you can increase the worth of your home, and reap the benefits of a newer looking house until you decide to sell.
1. First impressions do count
What do you feel when you walk in your front door? The entrance area can really tell someone a lot about you and your house. So if something needs modernising or updating, now is the time to change. Consider painting the front door, door frames and adding a welcome mat to increase the curb appeal of your home. Give the entrance area a once over too and remove any furnishings which are cluttering up the space. It might be time to update the furnishings or give it a new coat of paint. Even a modern picture frame or two can add some definition to your particular style.
2. Repaint the rooms
Painting is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to boost or upgrade the look of your home. Research modern paint trends or take it back to basics to give it a more airy, open feel. Don’t forget the skirting frames, door frames and window frames too. Choose one room at a time so you can work around your schedule and lifestyle. You can be as dramatic or as simple as you like. It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do, even if it is the same or very similar to your current colour. It will also give you a chance to patch up any holes and scuffs that have occurred over time due to wear and tear.
3. Update the kitchen
Renovating your kitchen, even in the smallest ways, can help you change the look and feel of your home. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money to replace the current cabinetry, consider painting them instead. Just by upgrading the cupboard handles and other finishes, you are making a simple statement. Consider tiling or painting the splashback, or even just replacing the benchtop. And don’t forget to assess the lighting to light up any dull spots in the room. An outdated kitchen can actually reduce the value of your home overall, therefore it is worth spending a few dollars to revamp it if your budget allows.
4. Modernise the bathroom
Often we forget the bathroom, giving most of our attention to the other living spaces such as the kitchen and living room. When was the last time you replaced anything in your bathroom anyway? Think about replacing your taps to something a bit more stylish, and add a new style of lighting to reinvigorate the space. Painting the tiles can also be considered if you don’t want the expense or hassle of having to retile the entire wall. You may want to also consider purchasing a new vanity or a mirror as there are some lovely and elegant new options on the market these days.
5. Upgrade the landscaping
Regardless of the season, you can always look at ways to make your backyard and front yard look better. Is your pathway in need of a makeover, or could you give your fence a new coat of paint? Perhaps consider buying a quality outdoor setting, adding a water feature, or even upgrading your barbecue so it feels like you have a backyard that could be used and adored all year long. And don’t forget the lighting for those long hazy summer days that extend well into the evening. Consider reducing the size of your lawn and adding simple perennials and garden features so you have something to admire as you enjoy your newfound space.