Everyone loves a good home renovation, and there’s plenty of ways in which to complete one. Most of the time we like to flex our DIY muscles, use the best materials there are out there, and invest all of ourselves into making our homes look good. On the other hand, hiring out professionals to do the work for us works just as well, but we need to be sure they’re going to complete a job well and also be the best investment for our budget. Either way, it’s a whole market unto itself, and for good reason.
When it comes to home renovation, some have more value than others. Whether this is because they offer a better return investment on both time and money, or simple sentimental value is something you can decide upon yourself; however, you need to know what remodelling is going to fetch the best prices on the property market. Here’s a list of areas you can focus on if you think your house needs a little refreshing, or you’re looking to make the best deal possible when it comes to moving on.
Your House Exterior
Ever heard of the phrase ‘curb appeal?’ Well in the buyer’s market, it means a lot to prospective customers. Your home needs to look good to keep a promise to anyone interested in it: that it’s worth their time and money. That means we need to first of all keep our exteriors clean and tidy, and then take some time to evaluate what works and what doesn’t in terms of siding, roofing, doors and windows, and not to forget, the landscaping.
You’ll probably need to talk to contractors about making any big changes, as they have the necessary expertise and planning permission if you’re looking for an extension in the form of a porch or front conservatory. Similarly, fitting new windows and doors is often offered by the companies that sell them, so make sure you get a professional job on everything to make these deals worth every buck you spend out.
Even if you’re not interested in selling, your own opinions on curb appeal matter. You can of course craft yourself a good facade by just doing a bit of repainting, or using distraction techniques.
Your Kitchen Fittings
When it comes to it, the kitchen is going to be one of the first rooms a person sees when they’re interested in your property. They’ll either give it a cursory glance if it’s not up to scratch, or afford you a proper look if you’ve spent the time and money to make it look top notch and up to date.
Even if your furnishing looks a little outdated, that doesn’t mean they’re not attractive. A lot of people are into the cozy kitchen and traditional fittings nowadays, as everyone loves a taste of the 19th century aesthetic. Similarly, if you have an aga in your household, and let’s face it few people do nowadays, you’re going to be sought after in terms of family makers and the older generation. It’s a great focal point, and having the rest of the space around it feel contemporary is just the icing on the cake.
Search places like the Tap Warehouse for any number of fittings that can either bring this appeal out completely, or dampen it down by showing off your brand spanking new appliances and plumbing. After all, people are only interested in something looking like the 50s, not actually having to live like they’ve been transported back in time.
The Space in the Bathroom
Bathroom space is extremely attractive on a real estate market, as it means people can put plenty of their own furnishings and amenities in their own little home spa. That means you’re either going to have to open up the space if it’s not big enough in your opinion, or you’ve had plenty of practice with navigating the minimal storage solutions in your bathroom, or simply make it a look bigger with a bit of paint and well placed mirrors.
Try using soft colours to make the bathroom look brighter when the lights are turned on, and throw down a rug or two to help fill the flooring space, as this can look a little boring, and there’s always some better appeal when you have a fluffy mat to step out of the shower onto.
How Your Floor Holds Up
Anything that you need to stand up against years of hard grafting and general wear and tear is going to lose its colour and shape. Carpets are most at risk for this, as there can be runners in the material that means some fibers can get ripped out, and having something heavy, like a wardrobe, resting in the same spot for a long time can make the floor lopsided when you walk over it.
One of the best ways to cover up some flooring injuries is to use laminate flooring, as this is easy to maintain and also gives the general impression that you’re not trying to hide anything, like holes, lumps and bumps, and the odd jokey drawing. If you have wood floors, these can be sanded down to give them a more even finish after years of use, and are often the most attractive kind of material for any prospective buyers.
Some of the best time to renovate your house is in winter, usually during the January and February periods, as this is a quiet time for buyers on the market. This way, you’ll have plenty of time to complete your remodeling, and be able to get your property out on the real estate lists a lot faster than you would if you started during the summer.
At the end of the day, a renovation is a big step to take, and we always need to be sure we know what we’re doing before saying yes. Get your materials together, find some good advice, look at buying and selling trends, and then get to work.