Have you been thinking of fairly easy and inexpensive ways that you can add value to your home? We’ve rounded up our top, most affordable and easy ways to add more value to your property.
Add value to your home method #1 – Level up your street appeal
First impressions matter! A study by Strutt & Parker shows that 76% of home buyers think that first impressions are everything when they view a property. If your homes street appeal could do with some improvement, with a bit of do-it-yourself and a little bit of creativity, you can up your street appeal and have your home leave a good impression – resulting in adding value to your home.
Some simple ways to create more harmony in your front yard are:
• Upgrade your letterbox to something that reflects the personality of your home and gives more aesthetic from the street.
• Show your gardens some love. Get rid of plants you don’t like and fill in gaps with plants that you do or are low maintenance. Tidy up garden and path edges, trim, cut and prune bushes, shrubs and trees to make your garden look sharp and inviting.
• Remove any large trees that block out valuable sunshine from reaching rooms. Replant shrubs that can be trimmed when they get tall to provide privacy and shelter.
• If your front fence is looking like it could do with some attention, get out the paintbrush and give it some new life and fix any damage that needs repairing.
Add value to your home method #2 – Give your kitchen a make-over
For most of us, the kitchen is the heart of the home – and it’s often one of the biggest factors home buyers consider when purchasing. There’s a bunch of reasonable easy and cheap ways you can give your kitchen a makeover to further add value to your home:
• Paint cupboard, draws, pantry doors and benchtops to transform the look and feel of your kitchen.
• Refresh benchtops with a professional paint job (yes you can have benchtops professionally painted!)
• Replace old cupboard and drawer handles with some modern ones
• Add a glass or tiled splashback for a modern and luxury touch or consider painting your existing splashback if it’s outdated.
• If the tapware is old swap it out for some shiny new tapware
• Add floating shelves to bare walls to utilise the empty space and use to display china or to grow potted herbs
Add value to your home method #3 – Amp up your outdoor entertaining
It’s no secret that we Kiwi’s love to be outside in the summer enjoying the sunshine and dining alfresco with friends and family. Here are a few ideas to start your imagination on how you can add value to your backyard:
• Transform your backyard into a summer haven with the addition of a simple firepit and surround it with benches to gather around on cooler lights or under a pergola covered in fairy lights for a bit of extra magic.
• Hard landscaping is one of the best ways to add real value to your property, the addition of decks or patios will usually add to the appeal and value seen in your home. Plus it adds to that indoor/ outdoor flow that we all strive for in daylight saving.
• Utilise decks and patios by enhancing the area with potted plants and trees and if your yard is open consider planting shrubs to provide shelter on windy days.