Improve the Saleability of your Home

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One of the biggest questions we face in Estate Agency is how people can make their home more appealing and ready for the market. Some think its large alterations or extensions but it is far simplier than that!

1. Curb Appeal

First impressions do count!
So, clean your front door, and paint if required. Replace any door furniture that has seen better days!
A little greenery instantly adds a natural element and creates an inviting entrance to your home.
If you don’t have the space for a front garden with a full lawn and flowerbeds, simple potted plants can do the trick. Also consider window boxes, hanging baskets, wall-mounted plant pots or climbing plants if space is tight.
Mow your lawn and get rid of unwanted weeds.

There’s something about a perfectly symmetrical doorway that adds instant grandeur. A pair of matching lights, plants or accessories flanking the door create a look that’s refined and preened to perfection. Keep it simple and elegant by choosing shaped evergreen plants, like bay trees. 
Aside from the obvious practical advantage, exterior lighting is a brilliant way to add interest to the front of your home. There’s an array of options, including intricate traditional fittings, Art Deco pieces, and contemporary and industrial styles. Not only will they look decorative during the day, the light emitted in the evening will add an architectural feel to the building.
 
Clean your windows and make sure your window dressings do not block the windows or natural light. If you have space, remove bins from your frontage. 

2. Cheap tips to upgrade your kitchen

Adding colour to your kitchen is not limited to painting the walls. You can paint cabinets to make them stand out. You don’t necessarily have to remove the existing finish on the cabinets and drawers; you just need to do away with the shine. To do this, you should sand the surfaces. Then use melamine paint. Make sure that you test the paint first before you apply it on the doors.

Once again this is a really cheap way to update the look and feel of your kitchen, and the only real investment aside from a couple of tins of paint is your time.

New handles and knobs can give your cabinets and drawers a new look. They are not too expensive either, and with so many styles available including ornate antique and modern handles, you can make a real impact with just a small investment and one evening spent doing the job. 
A slightly more expensive yet with impressive end results, replacing and updating our kitchen surfaces can have a big impact. 
 
Just as wall paints can really freshen up the kitchen space, so can new flooring. Again, on a tight budget, you can easily install plastic laminated floor tiles to save a lot of time and effort, or invest in other materials like ceramic, porcelain and vinyl flooring.
Clever lighting helps a great deal. 
 
Adding LED bulbs for example will not only male your kitchen brighter but also save you money compared to using CFL bulbs. Also look at table-top and floor-standing lamps to brighten up darker corners of your kitchen, as well as new fittings or shades for the ceiling lights. 

3. Quick and easy bathroom improvements

One of the first things that make a bathroom look tired is dirty grout. But it’s also easy to fix. If you have white grout and it’s gone all dirty and grey, you can buy a grout whitener and have it looking super white in no time. If you have coloured grout, you can sometimes get coloured grout restorers but colour matching could be challenging, so a really good clean is an alternative idea. 

Plants add a rustic, natural quality to any space, and can go a long way to softening the harsh light and angles found in many bathrooms.

You can get plenty of small plants for under £50. The more plants, the better. Plants that thrive in humid, damp conditions, like bamboo and aloe vera, are a good place to start. Air plants – which take moisture from the air – are a no-brainer in bathrooms too.

Add shelving to tidy up clutter. Reduce unnecessary bottles, shampoos and cleaning products. Introduce a wicker / hemp laundry basket, have matching towels and not too many. Add air freshener to create pleasing aromas. A nice bathroom rug can add warmth and texture, as well as candles, mirrors to create a good vibe to the room. 

4. Clean, Clean, Clean and Declutter

Possibly one of the most affordable and instantly recognisable changes you can make is painting the walls in a room. It can make a small room look bigger, brighten up a dark room, and simply refresh the style of a room. If you do this yourself it won’t cost a lot. Don’t just wing it though, you want it to look good. Take a little time and learn about painting techniques to make the most of your paint job.

5. Paint scuffed walls and brighten up your rooms

Possibly one of the most affordable and instantly recognisable changes you can make is painting the walls in a room. It can make a small room look bigger, brighten up a dark room, and simply refresh the style of a room. If you do this yourself it won’t cost a lot. Don’t just wing it though, you want it to look good. Take a little time and learn about painting techniques to make the most of your paint job.

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