Whether you’re looking to add value to your home because you want to sell it now, or you simply want to add value to it for other reasons, then there are lots of simple things that can be done to your home. You may think that renovations are going to be too expensive to get done or you may feel overwhelmed with the jobs that need doing. In some cases you would be right, but what sorts of quick and easy things can you do to add value to your home?
In this post, we’re going to share with you some tips for simple things you can do around the house that will add a lot of value to your home.
Maintain the roof
The roof to your house is a pretty important part that needs to be kept in good shape, because it’s basically the main thing that shields and protects your house from the cold and heat. Although it’s perhaps not going to be the cheapest repair you could ever carry out, it’s also not the most expensive if you just carry out ongoing maintenance instead of waiting until such times as something really needs to be fixed. Having a roof that’s well maintained and doesn’t need repairs is a big selling point for a house, so it’s certainly going to bump up the value on the place. This is especially true of old, thatched or listed properties.
Again, flooring is something that most people seem to think is really expensive. Of course it can be but there are plenty of ways to really make some great savings on flooring when you know how and where to shop around. You can buy flooring second hand online, use reclaimation yards or you can look for retailers who are offering off cuts of things like carpet and tiles. This way of buying flooring is a lot cheaper and will definitely add a lot of value to your house. When we are looking at flooring for our new build I will defiantly look at reclaimed flooring from a reclaimation yard as this will ensure that I get the look that I’m after at a cheaper price!
Update the garden
Whilst many people tend to neglect the garden or not take it into consideration when thinking of things they can renovate to add value to their house, the garden is actually one of the first places you should focus on renovating. This is something that we have done knowing that a garden takes years to fully mature. Starting with your garden is a sensible choice.
If you’re already planning to put your house on the market and will be showing it to people soon, then you have to think about the first thing they’re going to see when they approach your house, which is often the garden. A messy and overgrown garden looks like no effort has been made to keep it nice. This can make buyers form an opinion of what the inside will be like – even if the inside is actually perfectly looked after! Kerb appeal can be achieved with a few pretty pots planted up with seasonal flowers, near your front door. Make sure any front lawn is mown and looks neat and tidy or you could add in some nice ColourRail garden railing.
Painting is one of the fastest and cheapest ways to really transform a room and the best thing about it is that most people can do a great job. You can find plenty of inspiration and tutorials online on places like YouTube and Pinterest to help you get started with painting if this is something you’ve never done before. Obviously, if you really don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, then you can have a look around in your local area to get a professional painter to come in and do it for you.
Focus on the detail
Whilst you may be inclined to focus on the bigger renovations you think will add value to your house, it’s actually the smaller details that people notice and pay attention to. So, if you’re looking to add value to your home, then these are the things that will actually have the biggest impact. Add cushions, a new throw, change light fittings, buy new bedding and simply declutter. Buyers want to see how they can live in your home so getting rid of personal bits of bobs can also help.
I hope this post has been helpful in showing you that it’s actually easier than you think to add to the value of your home without having to undertake a high cost renovation that can really cause you to spend a lot of time and just stress you out.
A blog about the renovation of our old house and it’s garden in the English countryside. I also blog about interiors, general gardening tips and visits to glorious gardens.