5 ways to add value to your home

May 10, 2018

Owning real estate is the pinnacle of the Australian dream, especially in today’s competitive market. And with house prices soaring, a full renovation or knock down rebuild might be out of scope – for now. So, if you’re thinking of selling, or improving your existing home, there are a number of ways in which you can enhance its value and enjoy high-end, quality upgrades while you’re at it.

Aside from the obvious home improvements such as increasing your living space with add-ons, second storeys, and outdoor areas – which we specialise in – we’ve listed some achievable upgrades which focus on improving what you already have.

Here they are…

A colour change in your kitchen and bathroom

We know that kitchens and bathrooms sell homes, so naturally, redesigning and rebuilding these areas will increase the value of your home.

A colour upgrade in your kitchen can be achieved in a number of ways, and the good news is, this simple change can add thousands to the value of your home – depending how far you’re willing to go.

In the kitchen: Replacing cabinetry doors and adding stone bench tops is an easy way to lift your entire space and give it a brand new feel. Updating your hardware is also a fast way to change the look of your kitchen.

In the bathroom: If you’re struggling to enjoy your outdated tile choices, opting for fresh bright tiles will open up the space. Choosing a unique tile to create a feature wall is also a popular way to give your home those new house feels.

Alternatively, a respray of the existing tiles will save you the effort and time of removing the old and installing the new. This can look good when professionally done, so be sure to speak to the experts.

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Remodel your home with new floor coverings

It’s a well known fact that floors dominate the design of your home. Floors that are too dark for your home can box you in, while original floorboards can be beautiful but perhaps beyond restoration. Floors matter, and outdated trends like slate, can deter a buyer completely.

The good news is that this is an easy fix that offers maximum impact. Depending on your budget, high-end floor solutions like polished concrete, and solid hardwood flooring can take a home from average to amazing. Engineered hardwood floors, new carpet, or a polish to existing floor boards can also make all the difference in the presentability (and practicality!) of your home. Spending money on the right flooring solution for your home is an investment that will serve you well should you stay in your home, or if you decide to sell. It’s a no brainer.

If you’re looking to take your floor design one step further with unique designs and high quality finishes, we can bring your vision to life.

Upgrade your exterior cladding

So often we focus on renovating our inside living space and we forget about the exterior. But, your front façade is important, especially when selling and buying homes. Street appeal can mean the difference between getting the right buyers to your open inspections.

Aside from this, if you love your home and plan to stay, the outside should represent the inside.

*If you are dealing with fibro asbestos an upgrade in cladding is a worthwhile investment. Be sure to hire professionals and remove asbestos safely.*

With rendering being the more expensive option, the progressions in cladding (for example: Weathertex at the lower end of the scale and James Hardy at the higher end) have been excessive over the past five years. Combining cladding with rendering and timber features is on the money for increasing the value of your home. If you are looking for architectual-inspired ideas for your exterior, get in touch with us today. We have plenty of experience in this area, and can help bring your vision to life.

 

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Replace old cornices

It might seem like a fiddly thing to spend time on, but updating your cornices to suit your style is a great way to add some flair and attention to detail to your design. It’s these features that experienced home buyers look for, as well as those who appreciate the finer details.

Depending on the age of your home, the heritage “feel” can be enhanced in a bedroom with the inclusion of traditional cornices, ceiling roses, and skirting boards to suit. It’s amazing what these features can do to a room, and although they buck the trend of the modern square-set ceiling, it’s a style that won’t date.

If you’re thinking of adding features like this, speak to our in-house design specialist first.

 

Use semi-commercial windows

This trick is something most high-end builders will live by. A new build, or a renovation, provides us with the opportunity to open up your home and let in light with the addition of new windows. In this instance, commercial grade windows are a brilliant investment.

Here’s why:

  • They offer a larger profile.
  • They have more tolerance to external factors.
  • Allow for more expansion.

 

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If you’d like to talk to us about upgrading your existing home or a new build, let’s chat! 

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