5 Simple Changes That Add Value to Your Home
There are many different ways to increase the value of your home. Some people go as far as renovating their entire house and changing everything, and some people tend to stick to one or two changes or additions such as installing sleek steel stair stringers, little water features in the backyard or removing the dusty old carpet from the living room.
If you’re looking to revamp your home and add some easy value, you’ll be happy to know that there are many simple ways of doing so.
Just have a look at these five simple options:
1. Update your light fixtures
If your light fixtures are a little bit dated, they can make your house look drab, even if everything else is sleek and modern. Lighting technology is rapidly improving, meaning if you haven’t changed your lighting in a while, you could be missing out on all the benefits. New lights are designed to be not only easier on the eyes, (with the example of LED lights) but also on the energy bill, with the energy efficient capabilities of most modern light fixtures. There’s a lighting feature to suit any style in budget so take your time in the hardware store. And keep in mind that if you don’t have the time and money to get every light fixture in the house replaced in one day, it might help to pace yourself. Besides, it gives you something to be excited about every time you do.
2. Upgrade the taps
Nothing is quite as unattractive as an old, gritty tap, especially to potential home buyers, and frankly anyone who touches them!
Changing old taps with shiny, modern ones can make a big difference in the general aesthetics of the bathroom. Old taps also tend to have problematic water pressure, either not giving you enough to wash dishes or giving you too much, drenching your favourite shirt just before a night out.
By upgrading your taps, you can also help out in water conservation. Using water-flow restrictors and low-flow taps, your water pressure is provided to you by more water-efficient means.
3. Adding or updating blinds/shutters
While most houses do already have these fixtures, they are sometimes old, tattered and broken. Adding blinds to windows or replacing existing ones around the house has numerous benefits. One of the biggest benefits lies in the provision of privacy.
Blinds give you the privacy you desire at any time of the day, while still allowing natural light to come through, and there are so many to choose from! There is a colour, style and accent perfect for any home.
And don’t limit yourself to windows. Blinds can also be used to used as an easy and stylish way to separate areas of the house.
Overall, it’s a simple way to add a more expensive feel to your home without committing to any major changes.
4. Replace door handles
Old, rusty doorknobs and creaky hinges are something straight out of a horror flick. They are neither stylish nor functional. This change is not always necessary or possible, especially for houses which already have functional door handles, however for this is a DIY project a bit on the cheaper side. There are heaps of online instructions on replacing doorknobs, so you don’t need to be an expert!
Do your research to find out which doorknobs are best suited to your house’s style and functionality. Remember to invest in doorknobs that last, it will be worth it in the long run.
If your front door is looking a bit old and worn and you’re feeling a little ambitious, revamp the entire door. Put on a fresh coat of paint, replace the locks, handles and hinges. First impressions are important, and nothing adds value more than a gorgeous front door!
5. Install Skylights
For those a little bit more ambitious, installing a skylight may be an option. They fill your house with natural light and can provide natural ventilation. Natural lighting is beneficial for both your mind and your energy bill! According to most DIY home sites, adding sustainable energy to your home is one of the best ways to increase value and aesthetics.
Natural light can completely transform the look of a room, giving the illusion of cleanliness and open space, without having to change anything.
Be aware however that skylights are not suitable for every situation. Do your research and check in with a professional first, to avoid any false expectations.