How To Add Value To Your Home Following Lockdown

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Lockdown restrictions are starting to lift, but many Brits will still be spending a significant amount of time at home, so now is a great time to reevaluate the house to see how you can add value to it.

From needing a place to work to creating multi-use spaces, adapting your home doesn’t need to be costly or time-consuming. Property Developer and Author John Howard shares his top 5 tips to add value to your home.

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You are selling a lifestyle 

Clutter can have a real impact on your chances of getting the maximum value for your home, with a study showing that this was a large concern for one in four buyers. The most important tip to add value is that you are selling a lifestyle by showcasing the space and how it can best be utilised. Put personal belongings away in a self-storage unit such as Attic Self-Storage, that provides 24 hour access for bulk, seasonal belongings and sentimental items.

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First impressions count 

A survey of home buyers showed that 72% knew immediately if they would buy when viewing a home. The first thing buyers look at is curb appeal, so pay attention to what they will first see when they’re at your doorstep. Make small tweaks such as replacing weathered house numbers and doormats, giving the front door a fresh lick of paint and washing the front windows. A refreshed exterior can really improve your property’s appeal.

Three differently coloured front doors at the entrance of old English terraced houses. Canterbury, England.

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Update your furnishings 

Consider swapping outdated furniture with rented alternatives for physical or virtual viewings. Another great and cost-effective way to breath life into old furniture is with throws and new soft furnishings like pillows that can bring more continuity to your home.

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Create a multi-functioning home

As more Brits continue to work from home, its multi-functionality will soon become its biggest selling point. Look for ways you can adapt your spaces to make them more functional, this might be by converting a spare room into an office space or using dividers to split the open plan living room using an open bookshelf or visually appealing dividers.

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Embrace the outdoors 

Filling your home with nature is a new trend that is set to continue. It’s a great way to make your home feel more welcoming and tranquil. Consider investing in a variety of house plants throughout your home to make it more appealing to buyers. Some plants are better suited to indoors, so be sure to do your research before purchasing to help ensure longevity.

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