Top 10 DIY tips to improve the value of your home

It’s easier than you think to add maximum value to your home. From simply moving the furniture around to hiring helpful tools and equipment for your DIY projects, Best at hire have compiled top 10 tips for you to follow.

1) Energy efficiency

One of the most modern ways to add value to your home is to make it as energy efficient as possible. This doesn’t mean forking out a few thousand for roof panels; home owners can make small differences to create a more energy efficient home.

Ensure your central heating is in good order to save winter fuel bills, fit energy efficient light bulbs and check insulation doesn’t need replacing.

2) First impressions

First impressions count – especially when it comes to adding value to your home. Trim the shrubs, mow the lawn, wash the windows and even clean the car. Make sure your front door looks bright and clean by giving it a new coat of paint. Home owners should also ensure exterior doors are sturdy, not hollow and are fastened with handle-and-lock approved security. A nice ‘welcome’ mat with pot of bright flowers outside the door adds to your welcoming impression, too.

3) Facelift fixtures & fittings

I’m sorry – but that cracked kitchen sink with leaky tap is not a character quirk of your home, and the ‘vintage’ peeling window frames won’t be attractive for potential buyers. Invest in new, inexpensive fixtures and fittings such as taps, frames, lampshades, curtain rails, cabinet door handles and replace tired flooring. The devil’s in the details.

4) Premier bathrooms

Almost every home can increase its value by offering contemporary bathrooms. Fit the toilet with a fresh, new seat, replace the bath and basin fittings and replace old, unattractive flooring. Are your tiles clean, and does the grouting look fresh and white? A new shower curtain also benefits bathrooms; clean mirrors are also important aspects of bathrooms, adding the illusion of more space.

5) Let the light in

There’s nothing more off putting then dark, shadowy rooms to potential buyers. This is an issue especially for basement flats, small windowed rooms and rooms that don’t face the sun. Invest in bright light bulbs, and an extra up lighter and lamp or two for particularly dark corners. Your house valuation will increase if you present light, bright inviting rooms.

6) Feng Shui your space

We don’t mean completely adhere to all the ‘Feng Shui’ rules – but simply pay attention to the way you’re arranged your furniture. Are your rooms cluttered? Could you move your sofa to a better position? If potential buyers walking into your home feel the space is inviting they will be more likely to offer you your asking price. Organise your space effectively.

7) Decor & ambiance

Is your living room a living example of 1970s? Is there a little too much art deco around? Or is the kitchen bight pink? Update the decor and you’ll improve the overall ambiance of your home; replace floral carpet and tired-looking flooring. This can be done cheaply and quickly; re-paint the walls in a warm cream colour – this may seem bland to you, but taking your character out of your home enables buyers to project theirs into it.

8) Green fingers

Yes, it’s time to tackle the garden. Whether you’re a green garden nut or the grass has reached your knees, make sure you make the most of your garden and present it as an added feature; add a bench, colourful potted plants, a BBQ. Making a feature of your garden area, no matter how big or small, easily adds value to your home.

9) Do the DIY

Does the staircase need replacing? Could the skirting boards be painted? Could you add a few shelves? Do those DIY jobs you’ve been putting off for a while. If the cost of DIY tools is putting you off, then simply hire DIY tools and equipment to save cash and add convenience. From hedge trimmers, floor and wall sanders, wallpaper strippers and gardening tools to diggers, hand tools and pressure washers, hire what you need and get to work.

10) Storage

Everyone has lots of stuff. The more storage your home offers, the more valuable it will be. Built-in wardrobes, sufficient kitchen cupboard space and cubby holes are really attractive aspects. Do you have a spare room currently being used as an office? Convert it back to a bedroom – bedrooms add far more value than office spaces.