Let’s face it – every couple of years a property needs a little loving care and attention and some improvements to keep it in good order and looking good. There are some expensive ways to improve the value and as always inexpensive ways which make a big difference to the overall look and appearance. Do a simple walk around your house with a pen and paper, look for anything that lets the appearance down like flaking paint, a door that will not close, loose handles cracked windows etc. So you now have your list, careful consideration needs to be taken in what you can afford, what will improve the properties value, what you can do your self and what needs to be contracted out to a builder, window company or painter decorator.
When valuing a house there are some key points that will always be considered.
Exterior doors and windows should be well kept, close and open easily, have no damage.
Double glazing is a big advantage. With the warmer climate areas then some patio or sliding doors is a bonus and quite cheap to achieve giving the house the added advantage of being able to sit outside.
Interior doors well fitting easy to open and close are a help as when visitors walk their focus is on the door ahead. These should be stylish and clean with well appointed fixings. The front door in particular is very important as once the visitors have had a look at the exterior then all focus and second impression is on the front door and surrounding walls. If you have the room put a nice set of well kept plants either side. This makes the door look bigger and gives the impression of a homely well kept feel.
The interior wall coverings should be well kept.
Warm neutral colours are an advantage strong bright colours are not to everyone’s taste so these could have a negative affect. Repainting (in Danish the term is renovering) a room is inexpensive and can improve the value.
Floor coverings should be clean not worn. Take some time to ensure the finishing touches are done like treads between rooms, edging and corners are completed. Any areas that give concern consider replacing them. This can be inexpensive but have a great affect on value making the room look warm and well kept. Again research local trends and styles as you do not want to waste money.
In conclusion it is very simple and inexpensive to make your house / apartment look well kept and modern looking with good clean neutral colours, not to much furniture cluttering the floor space. Have lots of well kept flowers around giving colour and focal points for visitors to look at. With any changes make sure they are allowed and you don’t need planning permission or permission from the land lord or mortgage company. Make sure you have the funds to complete as an unfinished project can have devastating effects on a property’s value.
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