How to add value to a home is one of the questions I get asked frequently on my Instagram account. Given the poor condition of our house when we first purchase it, we had no choice but to update everything to make it habitable. It was a long and sometimes stressful, but we added considerable in the process. In this post, in collaboration with Perfect Property, I discuss some of the ways you can improve a home whilst adding value.
There are lots of ways to upgrade your home without breaking the bank. Having gone through the renovation process and lived to tell the tale, I always encourage people who are house hunting to consider buying a property that requires some work. These kind or properties are even easier to find thanks to Perfect Property’s Perfect Match feature – a game changing feature when you are looking for a house that requires a bit of work!
Tackling one or or all of these areas below will add value to your property and make a property a more comfortable and attractive space to live in.
Don’t be put off by a tired, dated kitchen when viewing or buying a house. This is one of the easiest areas to transform and it doesn’t have to break the bank. If the existing kitchen units are good quality, replacing or respraying the cabinet doors will immediately transform the room. Replacing worktops and tiling the splash back will also update any kitchen. Then repaint the room and change the lighting. Below is a before and after of our kitchen. It was poky and cramped, so we went the whole hog and replaced everything. The end result is a functional, beautiful space to cook and entertain in.
This is a great way to turn often wasted space in a useable extra bedroom or study. Often it can be cheaper and more straight forward than extending out. Adding another bedroom will always add value to your home. If you are searching for a property with an attic for conversion, you can choose this option (along with many others such as a garden or potential for an extension) using the Perfect Match feature and be shown exactly where those properties are located within your budget.
In our case, we converted our attic almost by accident. Our roof needed replacing so it made sense to get the structural work done to create another room in the attic while the roof was being done. This has given us a guest bedroom and bathroom, which is great when friends or family visit and for resale value. It has turned the top of our house into useful space, that would have otherwise been used for storage.
This is one room that most people want to change when they move into a new house. Avocado is in right now, but personally, the bathroom is not one place I like to see it. Pull out a dated suite and go for something bright and fresh. Swapping “like for like” is a good way to keep costs down. Running new pipes for plumbing can sometimes be costly, but a re-work of the layout can often be worth the extra expense. Again, this is a project that can cost as little or as much as you want to spend. I recently did a makeover of my sisters bathroom that didn’t cost the earth. Keep in mind that trends will date, so if you want something more timeless, keep your tile choice simple.
Making over your outdoor space is good for your mind and your soul. Whether you have a small yard or a large green space, it is worth the investment of your time and money. Add pots, an outdoor seating area, gravel or fencing. This will give you something beautiful to admire from inside your home and also to enjoy when the weather is good. Our garden area isn’t huge so we decided against grass. Instead I ordered two tonnes of gravel to give us an area we could entertain in. This is also very low maintenance – big win in my book! The fencing panels were made from lengths of treated timber attached to posts which are cemented into the ground. Adding some plants and a bit of artificial grass has given us a lovely, relaxing space to use during the summer. All of this was achieved for under €500 and took a few weekend to finish, with the help of some family and friends.
And for the those of you who are thinking of selling but don’t want to spend the money on a renovation, you can sell the true potential of your home through a “Virtual Renovation”. Use the Perfect Room feature on the Perfect Property website to show buyers what the home could become. They can remove walls, completely re-fit kitchen, bathrooms (the lot), all for just 59 euros so if you’re thinking of selling and your home needs some refurbishment it really is the most cost efficient way to maximize the appeal of a property. Check out the virtual transformation they did on the room below!
So whether you are buying or selling, Perfect Property should be your one stop shop for all your property needs. I hope these tips on how to add value to your home (even virtually) can help!
Thanks for reading,