Renovating and remodeling and your home can make your home more enjoyable, and can potentially increase your home’s value. However, not all renovations are created equal. Certain projects can add more resale value to your home, others can actually reduce the sale price. If you’re considering selling your home in the near future and want to increase its value (on a budget!), here are a few affordable upgrades that can help you:
Use neutral paint colors.
Strong, strident colors may get attention but they don’t appeal to everyone. Keep strong colors for furnishings and accessories — things it’s easy to switch out — while using more neutral tones for your paintwork. Neutral doesn’t have to mean dull, just gentle and soft — the perfect backdrop for your beautiful furnishings and art.
Welcome the light.
If your home looks drab and dingy inside, it’s less pleasant to live in and won’t look appealing to future buyers. Keep your windows clean and prune any shrubs or trees overshadowing them from outside. If the windows aren’t big enough to illuminate the space sufficiently, consider getting them enlarged. You could also bring in other light sources — get bigger, brighter bulbs for your light fixtures, place lamps around the room, add strings of fairy lights.
Update entryway fixtures.
Your entryway is like an introduction to your home. Keep it up to date and looking appealing to welcome guests and buyers alike. Renovating your entryway creates the perfect first impression. Unfortunately, it’s often the part of the house that gets the least attention. If your entryway is in serious disrepair, you may want to get it renovated properly. Paying for major renovations can be easier if you remortgage. Habito is a fast, free mortgage broker who can help you with.
Hang a mirror.
Mirrors are a great way to open up a room and improve light levels. Large, decorative mirrors or mirror tile features will give the illusion of a larger space, as well as creating interest. Placing a mirror behind a light source helps bounce the illumination back into the room, while hanging a mirror opposite a window can bounce light back into the room for a brighter atmosphere.
Display interesting, meaningful photos and/or artwork.
Give your home personality with meaningful images on the walls. It’s a good idea to choose photographs that are printed on canvas or framed rather than simply stuck to the walls; the effect is classier and more mature. Choose images that are positive and cheering to create a friendly feeling.
Upgrade the front door area.
A front door that looks shabby or dated creates entirely the wrong first impression. It may also be less secure and could have worse insulation. If your door is more than ten years old, you might consider replacing it altogether. If you really like your current door, you can give it a new coat of paint or varnish.
Create spaces to build life memories.
A home isn’t just four walls. It’s the space where you create a life for yourself and your family. Think about the ways a space can facilitate that. A welcoming living room, a cozy kitchen, bright children’s rooms — spaces to build joyful memories.