With the housing market being very rocky, a lot of us are choosing to stay put in our existing homes. Many of us lust after change and fresh surroundings and there’s certainly ways you can do this without having to go through the stress of moving completely.
You guessed it – renovation. It’s amazing how your home can feel completely different if you decide to renovate even one room. You can even add significant value to your home if you do the right changes. So, let’s have a look at the most common ones.
1. The Kitchen Project
Most of us consider our kitchens to be the heart of our home and because of this it’s an important room to keep updated. Many of us rip out our old, outdated kitchens in favour of clean open-plan rooms. We’d say that if you’re going to update any room, make it the kitchen – your home won’t feel right if you don’t have a kitchen that you’re happy with. However, there’s a fine line between making your kitchen adhere to your tastes and not going overboard. Less is more with the kitchen, you want to keep things stylish but minimalistic, that means keep the surfaces clear of ornaments, things are likely to get dumped in your kitchen anyway!
If you’re looking to sell in the next few years, then keep potential buyers in mind before you spend lots of money. Although it’s very appealing having a deluxe kitchen, most buyers won’t pay a premium for it and that leaves you with spending all your savings on it and it not really adding any selling value. Marble work surfaces are always popular, offering a contemporary fresh look and an island counter with a breakfast bar.
If you’re looking to replace appliances such as the oven, then considering energy efficiency and the impact on the environment. Buyers will always be looking for ways to save money when they move in, so an oven that’s going to result is cheaper bills is a huge plus, it’ll really impress them! Updating the floor will really freshen the room up too – often the first thing you notice when you walk into a room. We’d recommend either Luxury Vinyl Tiles or Laminate as the best options for the kitchen, with them being very durable and easy to manage.
2. Bathroom Refresh
If your home only has one bathroom, you can increase value of your home massively by installing a new one. The best way to do this is look for any extra rooms or storage cupboards, such as under the stairs or closets. Or of course you might want to invest your money in revamping your current bathroom. Most buyers say that old fashioned and tired bathrooms is one of the main things that puts them off buying a particular house, so it’s important! A great way of adding value is by installing a bath, this is a massive selling point.
Adding extra square footage to your home can be very expensive and sometimes you wish you’d just moved instead. Reinventing an existing space in your home is a great way to save money. Finish a basement or go for an attic conversion, you can also convert a garage into an extra room and rent it out – think about it though and be clever with the space you have. Basements work well as an extra living room or games room; attic conversions are perfect for another bedroom or playroom for the kids.
4. Energy Efficiency
With many of us growing more concerned about our carbon foot print and always looking for ways to save money, this is something that’s so important to keep in mind as we’ve mentioned. Old, draughty single pane windows are a massive turn off, as well as looking outdated. The same works for insulation, with old doors letting in the cold much more than modern doors. Under-floor heating is a great route to go down, although expensive and disruptive to install, it can end up saving you money on your heating bills in the long run and will really wow buyers.
5. Basic Updates
These are the boring and tiresome updates that simply need to be done to prevent your home from falling apart! Keep the paint fresh, make sure the roof is fixed to prevent any leaks, keep your gutter clear of debris, tackle any mould, fix holes in the wall, plaster walls. It’s all very well having a super swanky deluxe kitchen to then find the roof is leaking or the basement has an abundance of mould. Make sure the wiring is checked too, the last thing you want is to redo your entire home to then find it needs rewiring and you have to rip it all out again. Check the basics first!