5 low-cost renovations that add massive value

How do you quickly and cheaply turn your tired property into a polished and highly desirable piece of real estate? Here are some top tips from experts.
1. Maximise storage space

Ceiling space is often a neglected component within a home, and in the majority of cases there is enough room in the ceiling to create a storage space.
Attic stairs can provide a great opportunity to add value to the home through extra storage space. If you have a second bedroom, or even a wide hallway, this ceiling area is a great, unobtrusive position for installation. People don’t often look up, which is why this idea is so effective.
Plywood sheeting nailed to the rafters inside the ceiling space creates a floor space for storage, which becomes the perfect space to stow away old photos, clothes and keepsakes that people don’t want to throw out, but don’t need access to on a regular basis.
Approximately two days is required for labour for installation by a tradesperson, but the value added would supersede the value contributed by inbuilt wardrobes – not to mention to cost and regular floor-space savings.

 2. Paintwork

By keeping the colour scheme simple with a touch of tradition, you attract a wider network of potential interest.
Remember, everybody’s tastes are different, and white colour schemes give the illusion of larger spaces. You also need to keep in mind that it’s not the paintwork that will define a buyer’s decision, but a clear mind during the inspection to allow the buyer to appreciate the potential.
3. Fittings

Door handles, light fittings and light switches – they don’t stir the creative juices. But generically, they can be important to achieving a contemporary feel.
Simply refreshing these fittings with new, contemporary designs will lift the look of your interiors and give the property a polished look.
A well-prepared lighting plan can transform the aesthetics and atmosphere of individual rooms, so if you have the means – by way of high ceilings – you could consider an addition of down lights. This is definitely a specialised area for an electrical tradesperson and consultant.
4. Landscaping
A key component to add value to a property is by way of the gardens. Increased value will be achieved if the garden appears established.

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