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Whether you’re putting your property on the market or you want to maximise your investment. Read our top tips on how to add value to your home and ultimately increase its overall appeal.
While you could update a bathroom or a kitchen, don’t forget that the exterior is the first thing anyone will see. How your house is presented goes a long way to determine how much it’s worth so don’t neglect the less glamorous jobs that could increase its kerb appeal and add thousands.
Contemporary Front Door with Sidelights
How to add value to your home – First impressions
Take a look at your external masonry. Does it look drab? Is the paintwork peeling? While you should never judge a book by its cover, a home that looks cared for on the outside is going to be more positively received by your visitors or potential buyers before they set foot inside. Give your brickwork a fresh lick of paint, or clean dull and dirty stonework with a pressure washer or a sandblaster. It’ll be looking as good as new in no time, and your efforts could make your home stand out amongst neighbouring properties.
Many households, especially those with older children living at home, have to make room for more than one car so if you can offer multiple parking spaces, you’ll have the edge on your neighbours. Unused patches of the front garden can be transformed into parking spaces by removing the garden wall and dropping the kerb. While you may need permission from your local authority to do this, it is worth applying if parking spaces are at a premium in your area. Similarly, neat and tidy driveways free from oily patches and weeds can transform the look of a home’s exterior. Defining a driveway with cobblestones or adding a benefit like a car charging point can give your home the edge.
Victorian Style Front Door
The front door is the focal point of the front of your home. Painting, updating or glazing your door can give your house a fresh new look. If you’re looking for a new front door, consider the style of your property – there are many designs to choose from, and a bespoke solution will also give you improved security and better insulation. Adding a porch has many practical benefits such as keeping more heat in your home and being a place to take off outdoor coat and boots. Keeping the outdoors outside will help to keep your hallway looking smarter for longer.
Light up your life
Adding statement lighting to the front of your home can give it a beautifully dramatic look. Consider flood lights shining upward to illuminate an impressive façade. Coloured lighting in pastel shades can create a sophisticated ambience, especially against whitewashed brickwork or pale stone. Lamp posts at the gate and fitted lights around the porch serve a practical purpose – think about putting lights on a sensor so that they only come on when you need them to; reactive lights also enhance your security.
These are just a few ideas to demonstrate how a little investment now can add real value to your home and pay for itself in the long term.
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