If you’re anything like me, your plans for prettying up your property have managed to amass bucket list of their own. Never mind the countless other tasks, responsibilities and distractions that preoccupy your every waking minute. It’s no surprise that home renovations almost always get put on the back burner.
However, ponder this for a moment: your home is your primary environment. It is where we spend most of our time and where a great many of our social interactions take place. The way we experience the space in our private areas is founded on much more than functional means of activity. Space and form shape our experiences; they mediate our social interactions, evoke feelings and inform our attitudes about utilising areas.
Cosmetic refreshment does not necessarily mean a renovation overhaul.
Focusing on small and achievable ways to improve the aesthetic of your ‘problem’ areas can make a huge difference. Augmenting space changes the way you respond to it. It also increases the value of your home. If you plan on selling in the future, small improvements can set you in good stead for an easy profit. Cost-effective renovations can lift the perceived value of a home by tens of thousands of dollars. Here are a few cost-effective ways to drastically increase the aesthetic and value of your home, with little effort and time.
Increase kerb appeal
The façade of your home is invariably the first thing you and others see. First impressions last the longest and an exterior that sparkles in the sun can make a world of difference. A lick of paint can do wonders to freshen up your home. While an entire exterior paint job may not be viable, there are many cheaper alternatives. Focus on your front door. The most frequently used access point almost always goes unnoticed. A splash of fresh paint on the door and window frames will lift the rest of the façade and provide a focal point.
In lieu of paint, the simplest way to refresh your home is to simply wash it. I know, crazy right? Reach for the trusty garden house. You can pick up specialty nozzles and cleaning kits from your local home improvement store.
One of the cheapest DIY activities, it is an easy way to boost aesthetic appeal.
The ground beneath your feet
Unfortunately when it comes to décor and home aesthetic, function rarely trumps fashion. Dated tiles can unnecessarily age your home and lower the perceived value of your property. If you are looking to sell you home, make sure your floors are up to standard. The signs of a well loved home – faded carpets and grubby tiles – will make it look tired and unkempt.
Resurfacing floors can be an incredibly expensive and slow process. If you’re tiles are in good nick, albeit a little grimy, a good deep clean will have them gleaming in no time. This method uses common household products and is also great for ceramic surfaces like your shower, bath or sink.
When removing built up grime and film, white vinegar is a force to be reckoned with. Apply it to a sponge and wipe across the affected areas. For a deep clean, follow with a generous sprinkling of baking soda on your chosen area (bath/shower) and rub well with a damp sponge before rinsing.
Fetch a mixing bowl and add 3 cups of baking soda and 1 cup of warm water, and mix into a paste. Grab an old toothbrush and scrub your paste into the grout lines. Rinse thoroughly and enjoy the results! A simple lather of soapy water on the tiles should have them shining in no time.
The value of your home is more than skin deep, but if you’re looking to turn a profit in the future, it’s imperative to maintain an aesthetically pleasing household. What seems like a daunting and costly task is actually pretty cheap and simple if you take the time to research and investigate thrifty alternatives. If you’re thinking of selling your home, working with an experienced estate agent can help you prioritise these tasks and will have a comprehensive knowledge of local market competition to give your property a decorative edge. LocalAgentFinder.co.uk is a free, no obligation service that helps property owners to compare estate agents in their area, examine fees and services to find the best estate agent for their property. Register your details to get in touch with estate agents in your area now.
A guest post written for Sim’s Life.