Adding value to your home doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. If you’re looking to sell your home or just want to refresh your space, then here are some easy tips to help get you started.
Uncover an Old Fireplace
A fireplace can be a very stylish focal point for any room and will help to give it a cozy and homely feel, especially in the in the winter months. If you’re are looking to buy a house with a chimney, or you are currently living in a house with a chimney but see no fireplace the chances are it’s been covered over by the previous owners. If this is the case, you will have to consider carefully if you want to take on the job of uncovering it which can sometimes be costly. However, it’s likely that it will totally be worth it.
If you do decide to uncover the fireplace, which may just be covered by one layer of bricks you will then need to check that the chimney hasn’t been blocked too. Sometimes when fireplaces are closed off this included closing off the chimney. If the chimney is blocked off you can still make a beautiful feature by installing an electric fireplace or, if you still have the original log burner you could fill it with logs and use fairy lights to give it a warming glow.
Reclaim Old Floorboards
If you live in an older property there could be gold just beneath your feet. The floorboards underneath the carpet could be the perfect way to revamp a room and is an easy way to introduce natural tones into your space.
If you are careful you will be able to untack the carpet from the runners and see what kind of state the floorboards are in. If they are still in good condition and able to be reclaimed, then you can do the work yourself. Reclaiming old wooden floorboards is relatively easy but you will need some tools and patience.
Install Air Conditioning
A permanent air conditioning unit is a great addition to any home, especially if you are living in a warmer climate. When you’re choosing a new unit, you will need to consider the correct BTU rating for the size of room/rooms you intend to use the unit in, the efficiency rating and the size of the window it will sit in. More powerful units tend to be larger so you need to make sure it will fit in the window and has somewhere it can be fixed to that can hold the weight.
Most professional air conditioning companies will be able to advise you on the correct size unit for your room or your home. It’s best to be prepared when visiting a store with the measurements of your room as this will make it much easier to calculate the size and power you need. It might also help you to save money by not purchasing an air conditioning unit that is too big for your room. To compliment a new air conditioning unit, you could also install ceiling fans and a thermostat to really boost efficiency.
Convert Unused Rooms and Spaces
A garage, attic or basement conversion may not be for everyone but they can add a lot of value to your home depending on the type of conversion you choose. Safe options are converting these spaces in bedrooms on home offices. These additional rooms have a broader appeal if you choose to sell the property in the future.
Alternatively, if you don’t intend to move homes any time soon you can turn these spaces into any kind of room you like. Basement games rooms and home cinemas are really popular choices. Other ideas might be a home recording studio or music room, a home gym or a children’s playroom.
Add Fake Grass to Your Garden
Artificial grass is a great option if you don’t want to spend your time doing garden maintenance. As well as not needing to cut the grass and feed it in the summer, it will look great all year round and won’t get waterlogged or flooded if there is heavy rain in the winter.
Because artificial grass has become so popular there are many different types you can choose from in different colors, lengths and styles. If you have pets or children, then you will want to make sure that the grass you’re choosing is pet and child friendly. After that, why not go all out and introduce some artificial plants and trees into your space for the ultimate low-maintenance garden.
Whatever your budget, you can upgrade your home in an instant with some of these simple solutions. Whether you reuse, reclaim or install something new, your house upgrade won’t break the bank. Get started with one of the ideas above and see how it can transform your home.