Are you considering selling your home and want to maximise its value? While you might initially think that the value of your home can only be increased through extreme measures like adding extensions, small steps can make a big difference.
Whether you are thinking about an imminent move or you just want to make a change to your space, we explore some painting and decorating you can do to make your home the best it can be and increase its overall value.
Add a fresh coat of paint
When it comes to adding value to your home, those seemingly tiny changes can be extremely beneficial – and don’t have to cost you a lot of money outright. Assess your paintwork and decide whether it is showing off the best of your home or letting it down a little. Scuffed or worn paint can make your home appear poorly taken care of. Even outdated colours can damage the impression your home gives off. Opting for lighter and brighter colours is preferable, as lighter shades can make even small areas seem more spacious. Not only that, but clean and minimal paintwork rather than busy wallpaper can make your home appear more contemporary and appealing.
Consider your colour scheme
As well as brightening up your paintwork, take a look at how your colour scheme is carried through your home. If you have any built-in furniture that is in a darker shade, now is the perfect time to update it and pull it in line with the more neutral, minimalist shade of your walls. This makes it easier for potential buyers to see themselves in your home, but it also simply makes it look well taken care of and modern.
Check your windows and doors
It can be all too easy to forget about your windows and doors when you are decorating your home to increase its value. However, these little details are extremely important and can hurt the image of your home. Check your window frames to see if they are worn or splintered, as they may need repairing and repainting, both on the inside and the outside. The same is true for both interior and exterior doors. Making these changes can give your house an improved curb appeal outside and create a better visual flow inside.
Don’t forget the exterior
Speaking of the exterior of your home, there is more to it than doors and windows. The paintwork on the exterior of your home can become subject to wear and tear very easily over the years, and repainting your home can add to its value – both when it comes to listing it and how much people will be willing to pay. Even if you have exposed brickwork outside, this may need repairing (or at the very least cleaning) in order to make sure your home looks sturdy and well-kept. Even something as small as repainting your garden gate and fence can make a big impact on the first impression your space creates.
Make your kitchen the heart of your home
Where is the heart of your home? While you might spend the most time in your living room, think again! The kitchen can show off the best of what your house has to offer, but it can also become outdated very quickly. Repainting your kitchen is more necessary than in other areas of the house, as the walls are subject to grease, steam, and food stains, so this will be very helpful. Updating your kitchen in other ways, such as replacing kitchen cabinet doors with lighter and more modern-looking doors can give a spacious and up-to-date look that will appeal to a wide range of potential buyers. Go one step further and add a stylish splashback and some new tiling to really bring your kitchen into the present day.
Even if you aren’t looking for a large-scale renovation project, these easy painting and decorating ideas will give your home a refreshed look that will make it more attractive for you and potential buyers. A simple lick of paint can do so much to add a contemporary spin to any home, and could help you to fall back in love with your familiar space.