Thinking of selling this year? 4 of the best affordable home upgrades

By Julie Ryburn
In Home Loans

New year is the perfect time to start thinking about home improvements, particularly if you are thinking of selling up and moving on. Fortunately, you don’t always need a big budget to make big changes. Here’s 4 of the best high-impact ideas that will leave you smiling with change in your pocket.

1. Storage options

It goes without saying that for any room, storage is king. Every available space has some useability factor, and good useable storage always sells houses. Pay particular attention to high-clutter areas such as hallways and make sure there is always somewhere to tidy away shoes, hats and bags. Cushioned benches that also store shoes underneath are attractive and practical additions. If you have less floor space to play with, get some hooks on the walls for coats and bags so your house always looks well-organised and functional.

2. Paint the cabinetry

Get a brand-new look going on in kitchens and bathrooms simply by adding a splash of colour to the cabinets. These rooms are key players when it comes to marketing your property, but you don’t have to spend thousands on a complete overhaul. Invest in some new handles for that extra wow factor.

3. Improve your curb appeal

Looking after the outside of your house is a huge indicator that you take good care of your property inside and out. If you don’t have budget for a complete re-paint, take the affordable route instead and add some attractive outdoor lighting and colourful plants.

4. Invest in your floors

Carpeted rooms need regular professional cleans to get rid of the build-up of dirt, dust and hair. Your carpet will look better, and last longer. Wooden floors can be sanded back or repainted for an affordable upgrade. This is a popular way to zhuzh up the interior – without breaking the bank.

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