2017 is well-and-truly the age of the DIY handyperson. Everybody seems to look at their patch and wonder, “How can I make this better?” before making a bee-line to the hardware store.
If you’re looking to tinker with a property this year, here are 5 ways to add value to your home, no matter your skill level.
1. Refresh with paint
Painting the interior can lift the mood of your house and it can be inexpensive if you’re willing to do the work.
You’ll need old towels and sheets to protect the floor, painting tape to protect the edges, and brushes, rollers and paint. Prep the walls, skirting boards, doors and windows with sugar soap, and get busy! If your budget allows and you want to reduce the shoulder and back strain, tackle the walls yourself and get professionals in to do the ceilings.
If you want to add value to sell, always think about keeping it neutral. The bright yellow wall might appeal to your tastes and décor, but won’t please many buyers.
2. Update the flooring
Getting carpets cleaned can make a huge amount of difference to the look of a home, so calling in the pros is worth considering. However, no amount of cleaning is going to lift a floor beyond its used-by-date, so it may be time to replace what you’ve got.
If existing floor boards are showing a little too much wear and tear, have them re-sanded. This then opens up options as you could have them lime washed, stained, painted or simply resealed.
Again, make it easy-on-the-eye and practical for new buyers if you intend to sell quickly.
3. Quick kitchen fixes
New cupboard doors, hinges and handles update a kitchen in a budget friendly way. If you can get away with just painting the doors, it’s an even easier fix. Another option is to replace the sink or bench top, but consider what will work with your other fittings and floor.
As the kitchen is one of the most heavily used areas of a home, an upgrade can have a big impact on the perceived value of a home. If your kitchen is really run-down, consider calling in the experts for a bigger renovation.
4. Makeover the bathroom
We touched on bathrooms in our DIY home hacks article, which focused primarily on the tiles and bath.
But for an even quicker lift, you can consider replacing the toilet, sink and tapware. There are sinks of almost any shape and colour available, but the more organic shapes are the current trend.
Finally, painting existing tiles and internal bathroom walls could do wonders to the feel of a bathroom, and if it’s well-used, re-grouting will brighten it up, too.
5. Change the light switches
Often, it’s in the details that count, and standard white light switches tend to look yellow over time. Getting an electrician to replace them isn’t a costly exercise and you can often pick up everything you need at a big hardware store.
Many brands make coloured or metal switch plates, but switches tend to be utilitarian items that don’t need to feature, so you don’t need to be too controversial or abstract in your selection. As with any fittings throughout the house, keep them simple, classy and consistent.
If you want to do more extensive renovations but don’t have the funds, you could review your mortgage and check out a range of home loans, including the Virgin Money Reward Me Home Loan, to see if refinancing can help.
Which ones will you try?
What others areas do you think will add value?
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