Our homes can be a great asset, if they’re loved and looked after properly. And, at the moment, it’s where we’re spending a huge portion of our time. Boosting your home’s worth could come in handy. Whether you’re thinking of putting your house on the market, or simply looking to increase its value and appeal for the long term, these 7 tips could help. Here are 7 easy ways to add a bit of value to your home…
How to add value to your home
1). Open it up
Open-plan living has become a major trend in the interior design world. It makes a space feel more sociable and often helps increase the amount of natural light in a room. If there’s a wall between your kitchen and dining room, consider bashing it down to create one free-flowing space where you can cook, dine and entertain. The kitchen is the hub of the home after all, so the more accessible it is, the better. A cleverly-placed breakfast bar or kitchen nook could make a big difference, and help add value to your home in the long run.
2). Create a focal point
Every home has a natural heart, the trick now is to find it and make the most of it. It could be the TV room, where people gather naturally and spend most of their time. Or a spot in the kitchen. And, if you want to create a focal point in your home, a fireplace is a wonderful and valuable addition. Open it up, make sure it’s functional and accessible – and then use it. Even in South Africa’s warm climate, a charming fireplace goes a long way in making your home more welcoming and luxe. We love the light, modern look surrounding this fireplace, complete with lush house plants and elegant wall tiles – that could also be wallpaper.
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3). Add an extra loo
This small addition can add major value to your home, and it doesn’t have to interfere with the existing structure or design. If you do a lot of entertaining, it’s worth it to incorporate a guest bathroom somewhere, so people don’t have to walk through the whole house to find your personal bathroom. Transform a space like a utility room or understairs cupboard into a small guest loo and watch your home become more functional. Give the impression of more space by mounting the basin and WC’s, and add a large mirror to make the room seem brighter.
4). Maximise natural light
According to property developer Sian Stonehill, space and natural light are so important in a home. Increase natural light by opening up entrances – think double glass doors leading to the garden or balcony. And think about adding skylights where they’re necessary. You might also want to update heavy curtains with lighter alternatives or even clever shutters or blinds. Not only does natural light make a space feel brighter, but it’ll help you cut down on electricity – an important commodity as kids and parents work from home more often.
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5). Boost the kitchen
As we mentioned, this room is one of the most important spaces in a home. And it’s often what home-buyers focus on when investing in their next home. Make your kitchen more valuable and appealing by adding a kitchen island. It might be pricey to install, but it’ll be worth it in the long run, and you’ll get the benefit of having a multi-purpose work space, breakfast bar and storage unit. You could also update cupboards, appliances and countertops to help boost the value of your kitchen.
6). Embrace entertaining
South Africans love to entertain. And, as the pandemic trudges on, we’re doing more of it at home. With our wonderful weather, it’s worth creating a stylish entertainment area – preferably outdoors – where people can chill and unwind together. If there’s space, a cool braai or boma area would add serious value, otherwise just make sure there’s a spot for a gas braai or Weber to be wheeled nearby. This charming outdoor lounge area would be a great addition to your home, with the weather-proof ceiling that also lets in loads of sunshine. And the hanging globes are a romantic, inexpensive addition.
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7). Don’t forget the kerb
People underestimate how much house shopping is done from the car. And, in that case, all people can really see of your home is the street-facing external side and a bit of front garden. But, if those aspects look good, it could seriously help attract the attention of a potential buyer. Add a lick of paint to the external walls and make sure the front garden is neat and tidy. It’ll surely help increase the appeal and value of your home.
If you need help making the most of your home’s potential value, we’d love to help. Contact us to find out more about our custom renovation and remodel services.