Cindy Lin, Founder, Staged4more

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How to Increase the Value of Your Home on a Budget

How to Increase the Value of Your Home on a Budget

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As human beings, we constantly adapt and as a result of that process, our needs change. When we design our home we try to make perfect conditions to satisfy our current needs. But as we evolve through our experiences we start to need deferent conditions in order to reach the peak of our potential. Sprucing up your home is not just about freshening things up, but it’s also a need to adjust it to your current requirements. People are usually reluctant to change anything because they think it will hit them hard on their budget. And then when they decide to leave the house they end up spending much more to renovate it for the sale. No matter if you're getting ready to sell or you want to adapt it to your own needs, you can give your home a makeover without ending up in the poorhouse. 

Out With It

The first thing you need to do in order to visualize the task at hand is to clear the space of all the unnecessary things. The same thing goes for your potential buyers - they want to imagine themselves living in the place. If your home is covered in clutter they will get the feeling that there’s not enough free space. That doesn’t mean you have to throw all that stuff out. You can just improve your method of storage in order to organize your stuff and that will certainly create an illusion of additional space. It can also be useful to buy some mobile storage units you can take with you if you’re selling the house. Besides the fact it will make your home more spacious, this solution will allow free circulation and boost your feeling of freedom.

Bright vs Glittering  

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Poor lighting can turn even the most beautiful designed home into catastrophe. Before you start changing everything try to see how it looks under the different light. People tend to use modern artificial light to build a ‛perfect atmosphere’ without paying attention to how it will affect their moods and emotions. We are very sensitive to light and because of that, it has a great impact on our perception of the space. If you’re expecting potential buyers it’s not a good idea to give them a headache as their first impression. It’s always best to use natural light, but if your home doesn’t have it enough you can always try to imitate it with an artificial one. Just don’t turn your home into a museum - it’s not an exhibit, but a living space.

Please, Feel at Home

One of the most important elements for every person to feel at home is the bathroom. As the most personal and most intimate space, it needs to shine’ all the time. Replacing the tiles every time they lose their shine is too expensive, but you can easily make the improvement on the surface. A tile refreshing kit or spray paint will do the trick and you can do the job by yourself. This do-yourself process can also be applied to the kitchen and dining room which is the heart of every home. It’ a place where every family spends the most of their quality time and if it looks outdated it can affect the mood and atmosphere. In order to hide all nicks and scratches, you simply need to use paint. Just remember not to turn it into a luna park - just like the bathroom, the kitchen is also a personal space where you need to feel private and safe at it needs neutral colors to achieve that.

Last Touch, First Impression

It’ not just how you feel inside your home, the notion before you enter it is also very important. The outside look of your house should be designed in a way that makes you feel happy to go in. If you want to sell it, it is the first impression your potential buyers will get. Your landscaping is equally important as the inside of your home and many people forget that. Your grass should always be cut, leaves raked up, hedges trimmed and weeds removed. But why satisfy yourself with this ‛make-up’ when you can make the outdoors part of your living area? This can include some work you won’t be able to do by yourself, but along with some correct constructions you can set up your outdoor living space, add a gazebo or a pergola. You can also purchase a few plants for additional decoration and it’s always a good idea to invest in some outdoor lighting that will make the atmosphere complete. And remember that the indoors must always achieve expectations of promising landscaping - keep them spacious, bright, fresh and clean.

Contributor's Bio: Chloe Smith is a cycling enthusiast, business consultant, and a part-time writer always willing to share tidbits of advice. She believes that passion, courage and, above all, knowledge breed success.

Photo credits: Photo by Benjamin Voros and Timothy Buck

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