DOES RENOVATION ADD VALUE?
Most people want to put their own stamp on their new home especially in a second-hand property where the previous owners taste and current layout may be at odds with their own. Which calls into question the point of renovating when you’re ready to bring your house to the market, does it really add value and is there any point? When approached correctly the answer is yes, the trick is to take small steps to maximise the appeal of your home through inexpensive means – small renovations. Much like kerb appeal, opinions are formed instantly, so to secure a successful sale a well-presented home will put you on the right track!
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If your kitchen is looking a little tired and in need of some TLC you can inject some life into it at relatively little cost. The last thing you want to do is a major overhaul as it will be expensive and possibly futile as the new owners could end up tearing it out and replacing it with a completely new look. The aim is to make it attractive and inviting and the simplest way to do this is to change the colour of existing cupboard doors with a lick of paint – there’s every variety of paint to cover any surface on the market and it’s a job you can handle yourself. Choose a neutral shade and finish with contemporary replacement handles and your kitchen will look fresh and appealing. Replacing wall tiles is another cheap and easy option that will give an immediate facelift to your space.
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After kitchens your bathroom will be the next most popular selling point in your home so it’s important it’s presented in as near pristine condition as possible. Here again you could replace existing tiles with a neutral palette, as bathrooms are typically fairly compact, it won’t break the bank to update it to achieve that refreshed look that could make all the difference at a viewing. Consider if the shower head needs replacing and if new taps would improve the finish?
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If needed it’s well worth the investment to update your hallway as this is the first thing people will see when they come to view your home and it will leave a lasting impression which you hope will be good! Replacing worn stair carpet and a fresh coat of neutral wall paint will set the tone for the rest of the viewing.
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Getting your garden into shape before you bring your house to the market is always a good investment. If green fingers aren’t your forte enlist the help of a gardener to landscape your space and fill it with seasonal blooms to add that finishing touch to your home’s appeal. These small steps will showcase your property in a positive light as a home that’s been cared for and well-looked-after which makes it much more attractive to potential buyers!
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