How to Add Value to Your Home Without a Major Renovation

How to Add Value to Your Home Without a Major Renovation

13th March 2019

Selling your home is not as easy as you might think. In order to entice home buyers and investors, you need to take some additional measures to make the property you’re selling more attractive. For starters, all damage and defects must be repaired. And in many cases you don’t need a major renovation to add value to your home. A few minor but significant changes will not only increase the interest of potential buyers but they may also give you higher returns on your investment.

1. Give it a fresh coat of paint

The easiest and least expensive way to add value to your home is to give it a fresh coat of paint. It will instantly brighten up your property and cover up any scuffs and marks. A newly painted home can certainly impress prospective buyers.

Painting is also a good DIY home investment project if you want to save on labour cost. But if you have the budget, hire a professional to paint the ceiling to save you from a possible stiff neck.

2. Refinish or update the flooring

You may need to consider updating the flooring depending on how long you have lived in your home, and whether you had any pets or children. Carpets may need to be replaced, wood flooring can be re-sanded, repainted and resealed to look as good as new, and damaged tiles or vinyl flooring can be replaced per piece. Updated flooring can greatly improve the appearance of your home.

3. Modernise your bathroom

The bathroom is one of the most heavily scrutinised rooms of a house that’s up for sale. Trust that if your bathrooms are in a bad condition, you’ll get fewer follow-up enquiries. So, make sure that everything is working in good order.

Check the taps, sink, plumbing and tiles. Make sure to replace anything that is faulty, rusty or damaged. When buying replacements, choose modern fixtures to give your bathroom an instant update. Check out our bathroom renovation tips here!

4. Improve your windows

Windows are often the most neglected areas of a home. When reselling your property, one way to increase value without having to do a total renovation is by restoring or fixing the windows. So before putting up advertisements, take time to clean them well and make them look as good as new. Replace the rusty latches as well as any panes with cracks. You can also install new window blinds or curtains to improve the property interior, replace screens or if it’s really looking tired, replace the window frames too. You could even install larger windows if there are some great views to take advantage of. Live somewhere noisy or cold? Consider double-glazed windows as an option.

5. Refurbish the entrance

When interested property buyers visit your home for an inspection, it’s important to make a good first impression. And what better way to accomplish that than wowing your guests with a refurbished entrance. Clean the walkway and make sure that plants are well-cared for, if you have any. Apply some fresh paint to your door to create a welcoming atmosphere for buyers. Nice floor mats and door chimes can also add a good effect. Lastly, adding some nice furniture items along the interior entrance will make the entrance appear more appealing.

6. Fix your kitchen

Giving your kitchen an upgrade is a great way to add value to your home. Fix the cupboard doors and handles, repaint the cabinetry, and clean or replace any old fixtures. If nothing requires fixing or repainting, fitting new taps or adding storage will give your kitchen a better look.

Another good way to give your kitchen a smaller upgrade is to replace the benchtop. Just make sure to find a design and colour that will blend well with your existing flooring. Installing a new splashback will also give your kitchen a new personality without needing to spend too much. An acrylic splashback is a cheaper but stylish option you may also consider.

7. Tidy up the garden

Putting up your home for sale means you’ll also have to groom your garden. It’s another way to add value to the property without a major renovation. Invest in some potted plants to help beautify the outdoor space, and then take them with you once you move out.

It’s also best to clean your outdoor furniture, fencing and garden decors. It may take a day or two to clean and remove the accumulated dirt, but it will be all worth it.

8. Replace the light switches

White light switches are standard in many homes. However, they can turn yellow over time so it’s a good idea to replace them with new ones. You can also buy coloured light switches or maybe even metal ones if they go along with your home’s interior design.

Add value to your home with Renovare

Increasing the value of your home doesn’t have to be costly. Doing just a few of these suggestions could make all the difference, and give you a better chance of selling your home faster and for a higher asking price.

If you’re planning on selling your home in the near future but don’t have the time to make improvements to the property yourself, or the expertise, then call the Renovare team to help you. We have a team of expert renovation builders that will help transform your property into a desirable investment.

Contact us at 1 300 049 516 to talk to our friendly team about how we can help improve your home.

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