Improving the aesthetic impact and market value of one’s home requires careful thought and a clear direction. If you are looking to sell your property or simply wish to increase value to your property, following some of these steps may be exactly what you need to be successful.
CEO of Greeff Christie’s International Real Estate, Mike Greeff says, “Adding value or home improvements to your property are definitely steps in the right direction if you are looking to offload your property in the future. Successfully implementing steps to increase value to your property makes a significant impact on how your property is received by would-be buyers.”
Tips for adding value to your property include the following:
1. General improvement of your security measures
Improving your property’s security is a given when doing any home improvements. The importance of security is becoming increasingly highlighted throughout communities and neighbourhoods alike. Improve the value on your property by installing electrified fencing, automated gates and a quality alarm system to your property if you do not already have one.
2. Cosmetic adaptations
On the interior of your home, there may be additions you feel are immediately necessary in order to improve the value of your home. Looking at your kitchen and bathroom as primary areas of focus would be a good place to start. Taking care of grime and mould is a great first point of call. Additional changes to consider include looking at the replacement of doors, handles, cleaning off scuff marks, hinges on cupboards and details on cabinetry which could all be some minor cosmetic improvements to influence the value of your property. Should you choose to sell at a later stage, cosmetic changes could work in your favour in terms of price.
3. Exterior improvements
A lot can be said for first impressions. As such, the exterior of one’s property could either make a positive or negative first impression, depending on the appearance of your property. Add further value to your property by taking small steps to ensure the appearance of your property is in tip top shape. Examine your landscaping, whether there needs to be trimming, cutting, planting or repairs to be done. A fresh coat of paint makes a considerable difference to the appearance of the property and definitely increases curb appeal.
4. Interior improvements
Choosing a colour that is on trend for your interior walls will also be a good way to stand out from the rest. (Neutral colours work well for exterior walls.) Finally, paying careful attention to the condition of your windows is vital. Repair any glazing that is damaged or doesn’t seal properly. Nobody wants to buy a house with windows that are not in top condition. Prospective homebuyers look at the main traffic areas in a home when visiting for the first time. Be sure to keep these areas in pristine condition.
Home improvements are a proven method of increasing property value and are not in any way a waste of your hard-earned money. They are an important part of ensuring your property fetches a higher resale value once you are ready to put it on the market.