You might believe that the value of your home is set in stone, leaving you helpless to change it. While major considerations like the location and the size of the house are largely out of your hands (unless you fancy building an extension), there are a number of small and relatively inexpensive changes you can make to increase the value of your home and make it a nicer place to live in, to boot.
Focus on the big feature rooms
If you want to add value to your home, the first thing you’ll need is a wow factor – a statement room. This alone will make the property more attractive, but it will also have the effect of lifting the rest of your home. Think of this statement space like the Armani jacket that you pair with some cheap jeans. The designer item (as long as it’s in-keeping) will make the rest of the outfit look sharper and more premium.
You’ll want to make this feature room a place that you spend the majority of your time in, for maximum impact. After all, you’ll want to enjoy it as much as possible. A great way of creating a feature is to redesign your kitchen. Using a company like bespoke kitchens Harpenden, you can create a fitted kitchen to measure, transforming the space and instilling that all-important designer effect.
Create a vision with your garden
Another way you can raise the value of your home is to capture the imaginations of everyone who walks through the door. While the interior feature room will certainly achieve this, why not take it a step further by renovating your outdoor space?
One of the best ways to do this is to create a specific vision of a lifestyle. For example, you could lay some decking and create a large barbeque area that can be used on long summer nights with your friends. Alternatively, you could create a relaxed, meditative atmosphere with a trickling water feature and a Japanese garden. It is best to make this in-keeping with the overall aesthetic of the house, but otherwise the possibilities are endless.
Play to your home’s strengths
This is crucial. While you might be tempted to cram in fancy new furniture or make your garden feel like a rural farm, if it looks out of place or plain silly then your efforts can actually have a negative effect.
By sticking to your home’s strengths, you will make your life considerably easier, because it narrows your options and forces you to make the best of what you’ve got. If your property is a townhouse, go with it and create a sleek, modern aesthetic. If you live in a quaint medieval cottage, it’s probably best to avoid the Japanese garden idea. By sticking to your home’s strengths, you can create a distinctive vision more easily.
Get the small things right
If in doubt, stick to the details within your control. Examine all the touch-points you come into contact with every single day. These could be door handles, windows, bathroom taps and light switches. By ensuring these everyday items are attractive, expensive-feeling and durable, you will subliminally make your home look and feel more prestigious. While this won’t be enough to dramatically increase the value, you’d be surprised how powerful the details are.