Work and raising a young family takes preference over most things; and in many cases, house maintenance, repairs, and improvements are continuously put on the back shelf.
If you’re in the unfortunate situation of being furloughed due to the current pandemic, and are maybe considering selling your house, have you considered using the extra time to get the value of your home back up to scratch?
Now would be a good time to take stock, and consider these six steps to get the value of your home back to where it should be, and maximize its value.
Consider Curb Appeal
They say prospective buyers make an unconscious decision about your home within 20 seconds of pulling up by the curb.
If the exterior is in need of a little tender loving care, consider the following.
A new coat of masonry paint. Window frames and door frames power washed and repainted. A new front door added or painted in an attractive accent color.
Guttering, downpipes, and soffits replaced if required, and any cracked, broken, and replacing any missing roofing tiles/shingles can go a long way. All these will make a massive difference to your home’s curb appeal.
Off Street Parking
Whether you live in a city, town, or in the suburbs, parking is a potential problem that really has no long term solution.
If you have a front yard and fewer than two driveway parking spaces, get the tape measure out, and see if you can make room for an additional parking space on your property.
A professionally built brick-paved parking area, with a few strategically placed large flower planters, can look more attractive than an unkempt front yard, as well as providing your own parking space.
Add an Electric Car Charging Point
Even if you drive a gasoline powered car, add an electric charging point for e-vehicles.
Not only will it be a big selling point, but with the some countries like the UK supposedly going all electric by 2030, the cost of installation is going to rise significantly the longer you leave it.
Also, when you do go electric, the home charger is going to be the cheapest place to top off your car’s battery.
Repair and Redecorate Your Home’s Interior
Growing children, lively pets, and the bumps and bangs of modern life can take their toll on all homes.
Before getting the paint and rollers out, door frames and walls scratched by the cat and wild kids need to be removed. This can include sanding or filling any dings.
Chipped and flaking plaster or peeling paintwork needs to be redone, retextured and/or sealed.
If you’re thinking of selling, neutral shades are recommended by real estate agents and brokers. You don’t want any bold colors to get in the way, or unpopular colors to create a negative vibe with buyers.
If you have any squeaky or loose floorboards, fix these as well as they are a sure sign to potential buyers that the house is aging or hasn’t be cared for as well as it could have been.
Clean-up or Upgrade Your Bathroom
If you just want to brighten-up the bathroom, paint it a light, neutral color like Snowbound by Sherwin-Williams (to name one of many!).
Get rid of all the mold in the tile grouting, or re-grout the tiles. You don’t want your bathrooms to be offputting like an old, rundown motel in the middle of nowhere.
You could also consider replacing showerheads and faucets. Something neutral but modern and clean looking can take your bathroom to the next level.
But if your bathroom has seen better days, why not go the whole hog.
In a normal a typical three-bedroom house, bathrooms are not that large to where you have to break the bank to redo one.
Keeping to the present layout means water supply and drain plumbing won’t have to be moved.
A new vanity, mirror, upgraded lighting, paint and rugs may be all you need for a substantial makeover that raises the value of the bathroom immensely.
Replace the old bathroom toilet seat with a new white seat (and keep that lid down during showings).
If the old floor tiles are showing their age, replace with a pastel shade, and, if it was only half tiled, consider tiling from tub to ceiling around the bathtub.
Add a fixed power shower, and a glass half shower door, which swings and clips to the wall when not in use.
If the bathroom has little natural light, consider new light fittings and a convenience dimmer switch, for calming and relaxing bath times.
Upgrade the Kitchen
Much like the bathroom, a kitchen refurb can cost you as little or as much as you like. The cheapest option is to strip out all countertops, cupboard doors, and drawer fronts.
Repaint the kitchen, and add new counters, drawer fronts, and doors to match your new color scheme.
Increasing Home Value One Step at a Time
If you’re not sure how much your home is currently worth, We Buy Any Home will able to give you an average valuation online.
There are a number of upgrades that will increase the value of your house, and these will be taken these into account.
They include, a loft bedroom, an en suite bedroom, a cellar conversion, a fully fitted kitchen/kitchen extension, a conservatory, and full home insulation.
So, whether you’re looking to just maintain your home’s value, or maximize its potential, a little TLC will go a long way.