We have some simple and affordable renovation solutions that can make your home more desirable to not only future buyers, but for yourself and your loved ones to spend some valuable time in over the coming months. See our 10 fixes for this Autumn.

Posted in: Insights

05/05/2020

This coronavirus thing is getting a little tiring isn’t it, and now you could be feeling just as tired of your home. We have noticed a trend of less sellers on the market, which indicates that it could be a great time to limber up the joints and work at really adding some value to your home. Whether you are planning to eventually sell, or you simply need to refresh your surroundings, here are 10 value adding fixes that you could spend a little time on.

1. Basics first

Fix the easily forgotten faults first, those that always slip by the wayside – leaky taps, rusty gutters, broken window catches. They can make a huge difference to your living experience, and to a potential buyer’s perception of value.

2. Landscape the garden

It’s easier to smell the roses with a nice yard to hangout in. A well-kept garden can also create a low maintenance feel for future buyers before they even step inside.

3. Bring the outside in

Opening living areas to the garden can be as simple as adding big bi-fold doors that create an inviting sense of flexibility. With little fixes, big spaces grow. 

4. Take the inside out

The garden is a place to live: a barbecue area, deck or pergola are not only memory making outdoor spaces for you to indulge in, but also invite potential buyers to imagine their future lifestyle in your home.

5. Let the light in

Brightening up the darker areas of your home will change the way you view your spaces, whilst also boosting your home’s appeal. You can install skylights quite economically, or you could think about swapping solid doors in dark areas for glass-panelled ones.

6. Put some colour on it

Fresh paint makes a home feel more desirable to live in. Think carefully about colours, and maybe seek some interior design advice – although neutral colours present some people with a blank canvas, to others those spaces just seem bland.

7. A solid footing

New carpets and tiling make a home feel new. Again, think carefully about colour. A step further? Look under the carpet – those timber floors will be a lovely feature when sanded and sealed.

8. Green it

Installing solar panels or a solar hot water system can add value for potential buyers, who will see future energy cost savings. 

9. Bathroom fix

A brand-new bathroom can be an expensive exercise. Instead, think of quick fixes such as replacing shower curtains with clear glass screens, or installing new taps, a water-saving cistern, or even a new toilet seat. You could replace small tiles with big ones (don’t forget to clean/renew the grout). Cleaning the bathroom is always a chore, made easier when said bathroom isn’t looking weary.

10. Add storage

Have more stuff than places to store it? Maybe you’re a hoarder, or maybe you just need more storage. What we can confidently say though is that buyers are looking for places to store their stuff too. Cupboards in the garage and in neutral spaces such as hallways are always welcome. A butler’s pantry in the kitchen is great, too.

 

So maybe it’s time to think about some simple and affordable renovation solutions that can make your home more desirable to not only future buyers, but for yourself and your loved ones to spend some valuable time in over the coming months. We’ll be trying to peel our eyes from Netflix to get started on our list of fixes too.