Make cost effective home improvements and add value to your home
If you’re looking to rent or sell your home soon, making some quick, cost effective home improvements can make a real difference by adding value to your offering.
In fact, sometimes the smallest touches can make all the difference to revitalise your space.
Here’s a few tips on how…
A creative kitchen
Extra storage space will always come in handy, especially when it compliments your décor.
You could consider banishing plain plastic packaging and packing your dry goods in a collection of glass jars instead. These can be displayed on a worktop or open shelving. As well as keeping things organised, this adds an arty feel to your kitchen.
The best thing is these jars cost very little and are useful for storing sugar, flour or pasta – making them one of the simplest, most cost-effective and useful kitchen displays.
Find the right light
Lighting, both natural and artificial, can be used in numerous ways to spruce up any space. This could be something as simple as buying a fresh shade for your lamp or purchasing matching stylish table lamps. By placing one on either side of your sofa or bed, your space will have a light, cohesive style.
Minor fixes can also make a huge difference, such as changing your generic light switch to a coloured one or using an electric cable in a shade that contrasts your colour scheme. Doing so can brighten the overall mood of your home.
A lick of paint in the home can provide your property with the boost it really needs. Painting is relatively quick, inexpensive and you can do it yourself. Best of all – if you don’t like the end result, you can just go over it again!
You could consider making a statement with a bold feature wall, or go all out and decorate the space with an intense shade. You could even opt for a stylish two-tone scheme. Whatever you decide, refreshing your walls with a new shade could be even more effective than you imagined.
And with photoshop and other software, you can even scan a picture in and visualise it before you start, saving time and money.
Spruce up your garden
Getting some nice furniture in statement colours can make all the difference between an ordinary garden and a colourful, unique one. If you don’t want to break the bank by purchasing new items, you can upcycle by painting over some old furniture.
Alternatively, you could reverse the trend by creating an ‘outdoor’ room instead of refreshing the garden. House plants are one of the best ways to bring the outdoors in, and there’s some amazing vines and small trees available in garden centres.
Reflect the finer things
Mirrors work as a cost-friendly alternative to art in the home. Use them to add light to your walls, or mix and match them with different styles – from geometric shapes to mirror motifs and pendants – bringing elegance and personality to even the tiniest of spaces.
Even a classic mirror can make a charming addition to an understated room – it all depends on preference.
Sometimes the simplest solutions can leave the biggest impact, so by making these little improvements and refreshing your décor, you can bolster your chances of attracting more prospective buyers when you come to sell your home in the future.
And don’t forget some of the oldest tricks in the estate agent playbook, if you’re showing off your home. Coffee on the go always hits the senses hard, or baking fresh bread. Turn the heating on if it’s cold (no one feels comfortable in a freezing house) and tidy up the kids bedrooms.