7 easy ways to increase the value of your home

When you’re selling a house, the difference is in the detail. Small things such as lighting, finishes and decoration can be pivotal in the overall impression you give to a buyer.

So whether you’re looking to sell your home or you just want to update it for your own enjoyment, here are seven simple ways to update your house quickly and inexpensively.

Tip #1: Choose a door that gives a great first impression.

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Your front door says a lot about you and your home, so you need to think about the tone you want to set. Opt for wood for versatility and classic beauty or metal for a modern feel with added endurance and security.

Tip #2: Make the most of your natural light.

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Light adds an airy, spacious feel to any property – and is a sure-fire way to please the eye of potential buyers. Use lightweight fabrics for curtains and ensure the rod extends well past the edge of the window. You could also consider using frosted windows to separate indoor rooms and help natural light filter through.

Tip #3: Create at least one outdoor area you could sit down for a meal with family.

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You want to encourage buyers to picture themselves living in your property and dedicating spaces for entertaining is a great way to do this. An outdoor area helps the buyer to imagine themselves having fun and experiencing regular good weather at your property.

Tip #4: If you can’t replace old carpets, give them a deep-clean with a steam cleaner.

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Consider the age and wear of your carpets with this one. New carpets or hardwood floors look stunning but, if your budget doesn’t stretch that far, get hold of a steam cleaner to make them look as good as new.

Tip #5: A lick of paint goes a long way.

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Use warm earthy tones for your living room to create a welcoming atmosphere and bright, fresh hues for the kitchen – we love yellow. Cool and calming colours like lavenders and blues are best in the bedroom and green and turquoise give a sense of cleanliness in bathrooms.

Tip #6: Replace doorknobs, cupboard handles and light switches.

This is a great way to quickly refresh old or outdated features of your home. Fun and colourful handles are easy to find and usually quite cheap – and a great accent to the colour scheme of a room. Yellowing or old-fashioned light switches can be replaced with clean white ones or something a bit more quirky.

Tip #7: Incorporate some indoor plants.

Plants add an energetic finish and give the impression of life. Put them in the hallway, living areas and bathrooms for a garden-fresh feel.

So there you have it: seven simple ways of sprucing up your home. They should help give potential buyers a great first impression, and will hopefully help add value to your property.

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