Your home is your biggest asset, no matter how small it is. It is your assurance that you can get an emergency loan in times of need and that you and your spouse will have a peaceful and assured retirement, no matter what. Real estate property value fluctuates with the economy, but it is usually on a growing trend. And there is a lot you, the homeowner, can do to boost the value of your house. It does not involve huge investments. It is what every responsible house proud person would do to make their house more appealing and more comfortable. Today we will share with you 12 useful and affordable tips to add value to your small home.
#1 Make Use of the Loft or Attic
Most of the houses with an angled roof have an attic or a loft. This space is generally used for storing old furniture and family mementos. However, this space can prove very valuable if you use it adequately, as a guest bedroom, nursery, or even a small home office. Any extra useful space in your house will add monetary value to it, so this will be a worthwhile investment.
#2 Spruce Up Your Bathroom
A sleek, modern looking bathroom, with new, gleaming appliances and a nice shower cabin will go a long way into adding up to the appraisal value of your home. And it is not just for the sake of a higher market price – you and your family deserve a brand new and appealing bathroom.
#3 Refresh the Floor
Floors are often neglected, covered up with carpets and left unattended. But an old, creaky or cracked floor will hurt the value of your home more than you can imagine. If you cannot afford a complete replacement of your floor, at least spruce it up and fix the structural and visible issues.
#4 Add Radiator Covers
Let’s face it, radiators are not a thing of beauty. They are never designed for style, but only for the functionality. A large, visible radiator can ruin the look of a beautifully decorated room. However, there is a solution for this: radiator covers are available in many designs and colors, to fit with the general color scheme in your room.
#5 Replace Your Windows
Modern window systems look better and are more energy efficient and noise reducing than old window panes. If your windows are more than 10-15 years old, they are probably an old generation system. PVC window frames used at the present are available in a wide variety of colors to go well with the rest of your house.
#6 Turn Unattached Sheds into Beautiful Guest Houses
Most houses have a detached tool shed, or a small gazebo. On its own, this space could be functional, but not really spectacular and adding much value to your property. A family decided they could do more with their gazebo – and they made a lovely detached guest house.
#7 Create a Powder Room
Powder rooms can be sliced out of a larger hallway or a bedroom. They do not have to be larger than a closet where people can wash their hands, check their hair and makeup. Ideally, you should also install a toilet, but it is not mandatory.
#8 Use Eco-Friendly Materials
Natural, energy efficient materials are very trendy right now. Some people replace their facades with natural stone to keep the house cool during hot summers. Others go for solar panels on the roof. If your upcoming plans include major renovation works, try to select these types of materials, to increase the value of your home.
#9 Invest In Built-In Appliances
Built in appliances have a sleek, modern look, are more energy efficient than older models and, what really matters, take less floor space. Fridge, oven, washing machine, dryer – all these large home appliances are taking up a lot of area in a small home. By changing the old ones to built in models, you will make your house look larger and more contemporary looking.
#10 Spruce Up the Front Door
Curb appeal is an important factor in the overall valuation of your home. If you do not want to replace your front door with a newer model, at least give it a fresh coat of paint every once in a while and take care of the look of the facade around it.
#11 Add A Small Patio
You don’t have to pay an arm and a foot for a huge patio, but a little one will add up a nice percentage to your house value. Plus, it is so lovely to sit outside during warm summer evenings, enjoying cool drinks and the company of your family and friends.
#12 Brighten Up Your Home with Plants
Shrubs, plants, flowers are not only beautiful, they also clean up the air around your house and add much needed shade for hot midsummer days. A spot of lively color given by plants will add up a few notches to the valuation price of your house.
As you can see, it is neither too expensive, or too hard to make a few improvements and renovations which add value to your small home. In the end, it will mean a better, more comfortable life for you and your family, which is more important than the monetary value of the house itself.