Simple ways to add extra value to your old house
Whether you’re thinking of selling your house or you simply want to add some extra value to your property, you don’t need to spend a fortune on fancy furniture and expensive interior designers. Here are some simple, cheap ways to add some extra value to an old property.
Less is more
When it comes to properties, space is key. Try to declutter as much as you possibly can, throwing away anything you don’t use or need. This will give the space a ‘clean’ aesthetic, which in turn will make any room seem bigger and therefore, more valuable.
Another good trick is to use the colour white where possible – painting your bathroom or kitchen white, for example, will do the trick. You can also add some white furniture to various rooms, making the space look brighter and therefore seem much bigger than it is.
Improve the lighting
Lighting is extremely important in any house – it’s an element that we don’t necessarily think about but we always notice when it’s wrong.
A good way to make sure more light goes into the property is to install bigger windows. Properties with more natural light sell better, and they’re often preferred by potential buyers and tenants. Apart from making any room look bigger, natural light improves mood and helps reduce energy bills!
Another way to use lighting in your favour is to add some high-quality artificial lighting inside the house. Make sure no corner is too dark, and light is evenly distributed across all rooms. High-bright LED lights are a very good option, and they’re extremely budget-friendly too.
Change doors and door handles
Doors are an essential part of any house – they’re needed in every room, and a door is often what visitors first see when going to a new property. Old doors can be stylish, but they need to be properly cared for if you want to go for a more ‘vintage’ feel. All doors will hopefully be perfectly painted and with no scratches. Installing new doors is always the best option, but if the old ones are still usable you can simply paint them and it will do the trick.
Another inexpensive and simple way to add extra value is to add new door handles to all doors – including those kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Such an easy fix can really make any old cabinet look brand new.
Now of course, you must be thinking ‘I thought the title said these are cheap ways to add value, but new floors are not cheap?’ You’re right: brand new wooden floors are far from cheap, however, there is a better way to change all the flooring in your house with minimal investment. Vinyl flooring is widely used nowadays and is virtually the same as normal flooring to the untrained eye – at a fraction of the cost!
You can even install it yourself with minimal equipment, and it is can even be prepared for trickier rooms such as the bathroom or kitchen. New floors will add some extra value to the property, as the wear and tear often seen in older floors can make a house look much less appealing.