With the recession biting once again, many homeowners are worried about spending too much on their interiors. House prices in some areas are stuttering, with many fearing that splashing the cash may mean that they add little to no value onto their home.
However, by making a few carefully planned improvements, you can add value and make your home a better place to live in. If you’re planning on staying in your house for the next few years then it’s important to tailor it to your needs rather than living in a sub-standard place because you’re too scared to spend any money on it. Likewise, there are fewer properties for sale than ever, so you have a good chance of selling if you make your home stand out.
Arguably the heart of the home, the kitchen is the place where you can add the most value. Families and couples alike enjoy a large kitchen in which to cook up a storm. If you have a more compact kitchen with a dining room adjoining, it may be wiser to knock through and create a larger entertaining space. Dated kitchens can be difficult to work in and put buyers off if you’re planning on selling in the future, so think about revamping if you fall into these categories.
Try to choose the right new kitchen for your home. For example, if you have a period home, then a country cottage style kitchen, complete with aga would complement your house. Whereas, if you have a modern flat, a high-gloss kitchen with quality granite worktopsand plenty of space-saving measures could do the trick. Either way, take your time and shop around for the best deals, as the right kitchen will sell your house to family, friends and future buyers.
Adding space to your home is a great way to increase its value. It’s certainly an ambitious project and one which can take some time, but the financial rewards make up for the inconvenience. As with kitchens, choose the right style for your home. Glass extensions can look great with period properties, adding a contemporary twist when done sympathetically. This sort of extension is ideal from bringing the outside in, offering floor to ceiling views of the environment.
Modern homes often suffer from small living spaces, so rather than adding extra bedrooms, concentrate on making the downstairs a liveable space, with the addition of a dining room or bigger kitchen.
With flexible working patterns and homeworking on the rise, it’s important to provide a calm office space within your home. If you haven’t got enough bedrooms to create a study in your home, then why not think about investing in a garden office. There are a variety of office solutions on the market, from eco-friendly pods to brick-built studios, which can be used for a variety of different purposes – not just for working!
If you’re planning on creating a garden office, then don’t forget to revamp the garden so you’re not wading through the wilds to get to your den.
Angela Jones is a small business owner and a home improvement expert. She loves providing DIY related tips to her readers. You can learn more about natural stones for flooring, granite worktops from her articles.