During the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, you may be wishing you had more space.
And while plans to buy a new house may be on hold at the moment, it isn’t stopping people checking out the market online.
More people than ever have switched to house hunting online using the latest portal technology.
So if you’re thinking about moving house – either to upsize or downsize – then looking for a new home during the lockdown could be time well spent.
Once restrictions are lifted, some commentators believe the economy will bounce back. And while it may take a while to get back to pre-coronavirus days, there will be those who can afford to make changes.
Add value without spending a fortune
If moving home is something you are considering after the crisis, there are ways you can get the most value out of your home. And you don’t have to spend a fortune.
Here are 5 great tips to help. They’re all simple to do, especially as larger DIY stores such as B&Q are offering click and collect or delivery. It will also occupy your spare time.
An inexpensive way to give your home a fresh look is to break out the paint. Neutral shades are perfect for brightening up your home and they also help future prospective buyers.
Using zany or loud colours might be your taste but it might not be everyone’s.
Some people will offer a lower asking price because they are more likely to want to redecorate when they move in, which can affect their offer.
After all, if they can just move in it will make their life easier. There’s always plenty of time to ‘add your stamp’ once you’ve lived somewhere for a year or two.
If you have paint in your shed or garage that you’ve been planning to use, it’s time to dig it out!
2. Open the door to success
Kitchens are expensive to replace. But if your kitchen is looking a little dated, change the doors!
If your cupboards are fine, then new doors can give it a modern look for less outlay. DIY chains are offering click and collect or home delivery, however, they are experiencing delays.
Upgrading the doors maybe a little more expenditure than you’d prefer, so how about more modern doorknobs? It can make a big difference and your house will look fresher.
Or why not try painting your units to a modern colour? It will boost appeal to a wider audience and a brighter choice will give the feeling of more space.
3. Replace light fittings
The right light fitting can update a home simply and without spending big. You don’t need an electrician to do this if you’re competent at DIY. Silver switch plates really can freshen up your rooms and add a modern appearance.
4. Dig deep
When anyone looks for a new house the first thing they see is the front of the house. Kerb appeal is huge!
Even if you have spent a long time and cash on the interior, if your garden is overgrown it could appear that you haven’t cared for your home.
Some people might walk away if they see 3ft of overgrown lawn and a sprawling tree or bush blocking the view from the front window. It’s time to head to the shed for your spade and lawnmower.
During these days of lockdown, you are allowed into your garden. It means you’ll also get some fresh air! And why not add some new plants? You can order online or you could move plants from the rear garden to the front.
5. Add vanity cabinets to bathrooms
This may be a job to do after the lockdown unless you can find bathroom cabinets online. The truth is that many people are looking for a great bathroom and giving it a makeover can add the ‘wow’ factor. It will also add value if a buyer sees there is storage space in your bathroom.