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When you buy a home for yourself or your family, it is more than somewhere to live. On paper, it is an investment in your future, and, as such, you will not want it to fall into disrepair. Not only will that look bad, but it will cost you a lot of money in the long run!
So, if you are like most homeowners, you will be searching for a way to increase the value of your home, and, as you may have guessed, there are some timeless fittings and fixtures that can add a great deal of value to your property.
This article will guide you through the most popular options for each room to give you an idea of how best to up the value of your property.
In the Bedroom
It is usually the last place to be shown on a house tour, but having a bedroom that is decked out can make all the difference to the value of your home.
So, what do you need to have in your bedroom to add a few extra zeros to your home’s worth?
Fitted or Walk-In Wardrobe
One key thing that can add up the look of your bedroom is walk-in or fitted wardrobes.
Both of these ooze class and provide more space in the room for you and your partner to store your clothes, shoes, and bags. Just make sure you have any fitted storage unit installed by a professional, or you may end up with a subpar look that is not going to add value to anything!
Another add-on to the bedroom is an ensuite bathroom. Much like a walk-in wardrobe, these will require some additional room being taken out of a spare bedroom or the largest bedroom, but they are a highly desirable option to have in any home.
Typically, these will have a bath or a walk-in shower and a toilet. To really up the luxury feel of the space, make sure the color scheme and the overall vibe match a spa. So, lots of white, gold, and lots of faux or real stone countertops.
You may think the key to having an expensive bedroom is having a carpet fitted, but in 2023, it is hardwood flooring. Again, for this to add the class and aesthetic you want in your home, be sure to have it fitted by a professional and make sure you attend to the upkeep of the wood as needed. This will include cleaning, dusting, and varnishing or polishing. Or you may find that the hardwood will start to look a bit scuffed.
In the Kitchen
Now, on to the kitchen. The room where food is made, guests gather, and people have the most fun or deep conversations. How can this room be decked out to up your home’s value?
A dark kitchen is something out of a horror film! Unless that is the look you are going for, you will need to up the lighting in this room. There are many options to do this with aesthetic appeal. You can opt for a pendant light in the middle of the room. Or, you can stick with the regular lighting and choose under cabinet lighting. This can be wired into your main electrics (call an electrician), or you can get rechargeable lights that can be dimmable. Either way, light up the room!
Have you ever been in a kitchen with stone countertops? Lovely, aren’t they?
The most popular options include granite, slate, and quartz, but if you have a higher budget, you can opt for marble. Remember to research all of the needs that the stone countertop that you choose has. Marble is more prone to scratching, for instance, and will require more regular sealing.
You don’t want a kitchen that has old appliances in it, especially if you are looking to up the value of your home.
So, aim to have energy-efficient ovens, microwaves, toasters, coffee machines, and, well, everything else! If you can, try to make sure that all of the appliances follow a theme. In 2023, chrome is a popular look to have in any kitchen.
In the Living Room
Now, to the space where you gather on Christmas Day or where you eat your breakfast, there is a lot you can do with this room!
Even a simple fireplace is beautiful. With the dramatic outline, the mantel, and the coal or wood effect, this addition will add beauty and value to any home. If you opt for a real fireplace, make sure all of the safety measures that are needed are checked off and that you have planning permission to have one installed.
Elegant and stunning, you don’t have to have a solid crystal chandelier to improve the look of your living space. Even a black, metal, or wooden chandelier can add a touch of class, with each different material allowing for a more personalized and themed look.
In the Bathroom
Ensuite bathrooms were spoken about earlier, but how can you add value to your home with the main bathroom?
Walk-in showers are in high demand because they look good, require no real movement to step into, and they make the entire process safer. When you have a walk-in shower fitted, you will need to make sure that it is professionally installed and that all of the water sealant is in place to prevent leaks and damage to the home.
Have you ever used a waterfall shower? It is an otherworldly experience and will wake you up in the nick of time! These can be paired with a walk-in shower, and, as you may have guessed, they need to be professionally installed. Why not get one that offers different fluctuations with the water to get a real spa theme going?
Most bathrooms have tiles, but different tiles add different value. For instance, in a bathroom, you will need tiles that are hardier and will prevent slipping while also looking great. The best examples to have fitted around the shower and on the floor are usually made from glass, ceramic, and porcelain.
In the Garden
An often overlooked area of the home when it comes to its value is the garden. Have you ever seen a high-value home with a scruffy garden? Not likely!
A simple water feature can add a natural and calming essence to any garden space and will also add value to the property. As before, if you are having this connected to the home’s main electricity supply, make sure you call an electrician. Or, you can choose to have a solar-powered water feature, which will add to the look without the additional cost.
Summer houses are all the rage at the moment and are better suited to larger gardens.
These are similar to chalets in a way and can act as guest houses for visitors or as study areas for you or your family. Make sure they meet all building and electricity regulations to ensure they add value rather than deduct from your home.
Lastly, a jacuzzi is an easy way to add value to your property. The larger, the better, but even one that can hold two people will do the job! Make sure to maintain it as per the instructions and that the filter is regularly cleaned to ensure that the people who view your home to purchase it potentially are impressed rather than appalled.