When you purchase a home, you may have a long-term goal of what you want to do with it. Some people buy a home with a view to do it up to the best of their budget and sell it on again. Some buy a home with the idea of it being a forever home where they plan to raise their children. Either way, you will always look at the blank canvas of a home you have bought and see where you could make improvements and upgrades.
There are so many ways you can upgrade your home – both inside and out – and knowing where to start can be rather difficult! The improvements you make to your home can make all the difference to the value of the house if you eventually decide to sell. It’s always good to make upgrades for your own enjoyment, and if you see fit, you can later use those upgrades to market your home. So, where do you start?
The Kitchen. The most popular room in the house, the kitchen is always the first in line for an upgrade. It’s considered the heart of the home and where most of the action in the home happens, from entertaining to cooking for the family. Sometimes, all it takes for a complete kitchen overhaul is a good lick of paint. Other times, you have to go the whole hog and rip out the suite of cabinets and countertops and replace them with something more luxurious. If you’re going to tear down the whole kitchen, then you have to look at energy saving appliances as well, and you can read more about why you should do that here.
The Bedroom. Whether you start with the master bedroom or one of the smaller ones, overhauling the bedrooms with new carpet and paint on the walls can be amazing for the home. If the master is a more modern bedroom with an en-suite, then you may look to upgrade the little bathroom as well as the bedroom. You can swap the normal overhead lights for spotlights, and if you get the planning permission, add in a walk-in dressing room. This can give your bedroom a value that it didn’t have before.
The Bathroom. The smallest and yet possibly most used room in the home, the bathroom is another one that people look to when searching through a new property. They want to see a beautiful and luxurious bathroom suite and if you can offer the space for a bath and a shower, you will be bringing in a lot of interest. On the subject of bathrooms, have you considered adding one? A downstairs cloakroom can really add some value to the home and even if you are planning not to sell it, you can benefit from it yourself.
Upgrading your home has got to be something you could really enjoy doing, as it’s a lot of work. Once you get going, though, it’s hard to stop!