Potential buyers form an opinion about your home before they’ve walked through the front door and if you are planning to stay, what could be better than coming back to a welcoming home?
We hope this Blog will give you a few practical ideas on how to enhance the appearance of your home quickly, easily and without spending a fortune!
It is important to choose a reliable tradesperson for any job, and with so many around that can be a challenge in itself. Our advice would be to use somebody recommended by someone you know and trust, and see one of their installations in situ. If that’s not possible, here is some advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau that should help you.
Sainsbury’s Bank produced this handy Guide to Improving Your Home that you might also find useful.
Generally, make sure that windows are clean, there is no rubbish on view and the guttering is not blocked or falling away from the wall. Stay on top of weeding and replace or repaint tired looking garden pots and ornaments.
Read our Blog: Ideas for gardens.
If you have trees or hedging plants, make sure they are trimmed and tidy. If you have fences, give them a new coat of paint and ensure they are in good repair.
If you live in a rural environment, somewhere to park is not usually a problem. But in urban areas, where finding a place to park can be a daily challenge, you could add value and convenience by converting your garden to a parking space.
There are several surface options for a parking space including asphalt, concrete, loose gravel, grid structures and permeable paving, do a bit of research to find out which is best for you and your lifestyle.
Driveways and pathways:
If you have a driveway or pathway what kind of condition is it in? Would it benefit from an upgrade?
Resin bound paving is ideal for resurfacing existing driveways and pathways because it can be laid on top of existing asphalt and concrete that is in good condition. You don’t need planning permission because it’s permeable, there’s no loose stone, it prevents weeds growing, you won’t get puddles and it’s accessible.
Read our Blog: Ideas for driveways.
Read our Blog: Ideas for pathways.
Your front door:
There is no point in going to the expense of replacing your front door if it can be refreshed; a clean, polish or coat of paint and some new door furniture will make it seem like a new door.
If it does need to be replaced, the choice available now is absolutely endless and caters for all styles and tastes. Here’s some advice from Sarah Beeny on how to transform your house with the right front door.
Consider expanding your living space:
Expanding your living space, or creating the impression, is always a good idea and can be done in several ways, by:
Apply for planning permission:
Securing permission for an extension or conversion will only cost around £1,000-£2,000 but will increase the value of your home. This is because it is reassuring to a potential buyer that the council have already agreed planning permission.
When it comes to inside your home there are a few things you can do to enhance it, including:
For more practical ideas for home improvements, have a look at this Guide to Improving Your Home from Sainsbury’s Bank.
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