10 Oct 2019
If you're thinking of moving home, or if you're just looking to freshen up your living space, these 10 tips are going to come in handy. From big projects to a simple changes, you don't have to be a DIY wizz to boost the value of your house.
1. Make a good first impression
Make sure your front door is welcoming, even a fresh coat of paint can make all the difference. And don’t forget to replace any rusty house numbers!
2. Let in light
Heavy curtains can keep light out and often make the room look darker and can make rooms seem smaller. Opting for lighter window treatments will help make a room feel larger, brighter and more welcoming.
3. Fix the 'niggly' bits
Issues like cracked tiles, damp or leaks in the roof can all affect the value of your home and can be relatively quick and easy to fix.
4. Ramp-up your curb appeal
Make sure the outside of your home is looking in tip top condition. Start by taking a picture of the outside, this will help highlight anything that you could improve. Add some flower pots, cut back a hedge or add a hanging a basket to make the outside feel welcoming.
5. Pay attention to your garden
A good garden works wonders on the look and feel of a house.
The 'quick win' option here is to tidy up the beds and lawn and freshen the space by giving the fence new lick of paint. Then, think about adding decking or furniture to help create an area for entertaining - giving your home a seasonal living area is a huge asset on top on the interior spaces.
6. Update your bathroom
Buying a whole new bathroom suite can be expensive, so to keep costs down by keeping the layout the same and working on top of what you have already.
You could update just your bath or shower or even change the colour scheme by painting the walls and updating the taps or tiling.
7. Create an open space without building an extension
To help make your home seem more spacious you could knock the wall down between the kitchen and living room – creating an open plan layout.
8. Go up!
Loft conversions can be expensive however an extra bedroom could add great value to your home.
9. Minimise the clutter
Focus on individual rooms or areas really showcasing the space by building shelves or incorporating clever storage solutions. You don't need to spend a fortune here - utilising items like old apple crates or a basic flat-pack bookcase can all look fantastic.
10. Don’t forget about the kitchen
It has been said this room is the heart of the home, so refresh the walls (paint a neutral colour), remove any clutter and if your cupboards are looking a bit dull, refresh them and check for any chips and knocks.
Remember the doors and drawer in this room tend to get grubby around the handles, so once again a pot of paint will be your best friend if you want to give your kitchen that important 'as new' feeling.
When considering any big changes for your home, remember to check important factors like whether you need planning permission for structural changes.
By the way, we've written this guide first and foremost because we LOVE talking about home spaces. Plus Hoppy have partnered with Mojo Mortgages to help you find your perfect mortgage match to help you complete those big projects and add value to your home.