Increasing the value of a property is something that all owners want to do. But naturally it costs money and in many instances it’s a lot of money that needs to be spent to realise a small increase in the capital value of the property. It is tricky because our properties are typically our biggest and most important assets but mortgage repayments often mean that it is not possible to spend much on making the improvements that we really want to make. But there are tricks and ways to add value without breaking the bank. Here are a few tips, simple things that can make a big difference and which won’t break the bank.
Thing feature walls
Feature walls are all the rage these days and they can be as simple or as complicated as you want them to be. From just picking a single wall and painting it in a different and striking colour to a wall that is made out of stone, the feature wall is something that is done for effect. Stone walls are very popular with a number of variants around. These include things like exposed masonry to marble cladding. If this is a route that you want to go look at speaking to experts first, people like Sareen Stone who supply the finishes and obviously an architect or interior designer..
The garden is a great place to start
Gardens tend to be the first thing that guests see when they enter a property and the old adage that you only get one chance to make a good first impression really holds true here. For a nominal investment and a bit of hard work, you can make a tatty yard look great in a very short space of time by removing dead plants and weeds and planting fresh, indigenous plants and shrubs. Indigenous means the garden will need minimal maintenance and that the plants you put in will be adapted to the local conditions, where hopefully they will thrive.
Look to the light
Light is a winner and if you can create a house that is naturally lit you are well on your way to increasing the value. In this instance things like skylights are a great idea. Easy to install they can completely change the mood and feel of a house or a room. Modern skylights tend to be double-glazed to ensure that warmth is not lost while at the same time they can also be opened to ensure good airflow in the hotter months. Installing a skylight tends to be a fairly simple operation. Granted, it might not be something that you can do yourself, unless you are a real handyman expert, but it tends to be a one day job that a fitting firm can sort for you. Also it is not too expensive and believe it or a not, it’s a whole lot easier than knocking out old windows and replacing them with bigger ones – that’s a full on construction job that could take upwards of a week, the skylight is so much more simple.