Day: January 17, 2018

5 cheap ways to improve your home

You don’t have to spend big to add value.

When we think of home improvements it’s often wistfully wishing for new kitchens or a loft conversion, perhaps even an extension. However, these are also the most expensive options when it comes to spending on your property – and they don’t always add the most value in terms of sale potential either. When you’re planning improvements it’s always important to strike a balance between those that will make your life better and those that will add value so before you go rushing out to find guarantor loans to fund your home improvements remember that they don’t have to cost a fortune.

  1. Repaint

Paint is one of the cheapest ways to give rooms a new lease of life – but also one of the most effective. Fresh, white walls can make a room feel brand new, whether you’re planning to live or work in it or you’re looking to attract a buyer. Be wary of ultra bold colours or very dark shades, as the reality is that these rarely work, especially in smaller properties. If you’re determined to incorporate a plum or navy blue, start first with a single statement wall and see how that works.

  1. Upgrade your bathroom

A new bathroom will carve thousands out of your savings but you can upgrade your current bathroom with far less. It’s the details that make the difference here, such as a new toilet seat and taps. Replace cracked tiles, redo the grouting and remove any old or tired bathmats, shower curtains or mirrors and replace with something new.

  1. Add storage

Clever storage is in plentiful supply these days so, no matter what the size and shape of your home, you’ll find options for smarter storage solutions. Choose storage that works with the unused areas of your home – under the stairs, for example, or in those corners that are too small or awkward for wardrobes or beds. There are multiple benefits to adding storage in this way. Not only will you be able to make better use of the space you have but you’ll have no excuse not to clear up and declutter too. 

  1. Tackle the carpets

Just like the walls, a new approach to the floors in your home can also be a breath of fresh air. Steam cleaning carpets can be super cheap, especially if you hire the steamer and do it yourself, but the difference it makes is significant. If you have rugs that have seen better days then replace them. And if it’s sale time, or you’ve found a decent discounter, you could even look into replacing the carpets in key areas such as the main living space or bedrooms.

  1. Add value at the entrance

Whether you’re appealing to buyers or looking to be more house-proud, the front door is a key part of it. A fresh coat of paint and replacing knockers and numbers can have a big impact on that all important first impression. If you have a front garden then a little bit of landscaping can make all the difference. And don’t forget to clean windows and replace doormats for the ultimate fresh finish.