Now is the best time ever to invest in property, what with house prices increasing and the economic growth forecast to reach an all-time low. But that's easier said than done, because what’s the first step to ensure you enhance your home’s value and capitalise on it? How do you ensure your funds stretch far enough to help simple renovations / makeovers turn your abode into a substantial investment? With these simple tips to help add value to any property, regardless of size or location.
And what better portfolio pieces to view than those by one of London’s most sought after experts in the architectural world: Prestige Architects? Prestige Architects is head up by founder and managing director Marco Braghiroli, an Italian architect from Milan. With a firm focus on high-end and bespoke boutique residential projects, Prestige Architects has become one of the UK’s most esteemed architectural- and design firms since it first started taking on projects in 2009. In addition to architecture (for both commercial and residential industries), other services that clients have come to expect from the company include space planning and interior design.
Let’s see how a top-notch company such as Prestige Architects can help add value to your property…
What better way to spice up a home’s first impression than via its walls? That means getting rid of cracks, mould, bubbling paint, and anything else that could lessen your property’s value.
Touch up the exterior walls with a weatherproof exterior wall coating to instantly add more pizzazz and value. And for interiors, consider sanding off and repainting (or adding new wallpaper to) old walls that are way past their golden age.
homify hint: Not sure which walls to give more attention to? Take a digital photo of all the walls in black and white, both inside and outside. With no colour, it’s much easier to see where cracks and flaws show up.
Open-plan layouts are the norm in these modern times. But aside from knocking down a wall to visually link up a kitchen and dining room, for instance, how about adding an entire new room to your house via an extension or loft space? Anything that opens up a house’s space, or adds more to it, creates a sense of flow and helps to add more light – both of which appeal to potential buyers.
Any professional real estate will vouch that a home’s kitchen is one of the first places potential buyers scope out. So, what are your options to enhance the heart of your home for more property value?
• Do a mini remodel by changing the paint – simple, yet very effective as it can spice up your kitchen’s walls plus enhance the cabinetry.
• Add some colour and texture with a new backsplash.
• Go for stainless steel with new appliances, bar stools, hardware (like drawer pulls), etc.
It’s a fact that potential buyers would rather opt for an extra bathroom than an additional bedroom. And considering that a bathroom goes through a lot of wear and tear, here’s how to keep yours functional and looking good:
• Replace the faucets with modern, stainless steel designs.
• Go for granite or marble with the countertops to introduce a spa-like design that looks expensive.
• Focus on having even lighting around the mirror(s) so that there are no unwanted shadows when it comes to sprucing up or applying makeup.
• Two words: heated flooring.
On a really tight budget? Then decorating your existing spaces is your best option for upping your home’s value. But we don’t mean adding new vases with flowers to the living room (although that could work, too). Rather, look for tiny defects around your home that could put off potential buyers and fix them up. Search for:
• Squeaking doors and windows
• Door latches that don’t work
• Carpet smudges
• Dripping taps
• Loose tiles
• Broken or damaged windows
• Lifting floors.
Clever lighting is perfect for making a home look neater and bigger. Aside from adding another window or changing your artificial lighting fixtures, how about hanging a large mirror directly opposite a big window to further brighten up the space?
And remember this creative tip: light-coloured curtains that will usher more sunshine indoors! And for those darker corners at the other end of the room, we recommend a floor / table lamp.
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