It pays to keep your home up to date. Whether you’re planning to sell or simply want to update your home, these small renovations will increase the long-term value of your property. Here are six ways to add value to your home.
1. Update the bathroom
Updating your bathroom will increase the value of your property and keep your home up to date. To keep the price down, we suggest you keep your existing layout, but update the fixtures such as toilet, sink and tapware.
Depending on your budget you can replace an old enclosed shower with a frameless model, and update the toilet and vanity too. You will save money buying a full bathroom suite rather than individual pieces.
2. Add a bathroom
Adding a bathroom adds value to your home and convenience for your family. Experts estimate that converting existing space into a small bathroom or ensuite will increase the value of your home by up to 10%.
Small bathrooms need a toilet, sink and shower, and layouts can be challenging. If your new bathroom or ensuite is short on space, here are some ideas to make it work:
- Wall mounted toilet
- Small sink and floating vanity
- Frameless glass shower panels
- Dark floor tiles with white walls
- Feature or mirror wall tiles
3. Add a patio kitchen
Creating the perfect outdoor entertaining space will increase the liveability and market appeal of your home. Take your BBQ area to the next level with a patio kitchen.
The ideal patio kitchen has a sink, counter space, cupboards and a fridge (or bar fridge). You can integrate the BBQ and, in Melbourne’s changeable climate, shelter is a must. Outdoor heating is another option to give you year-round access.
4. Install gas heating and appliances
Gas appliances are a popular feature of any home. Gas heaters such as flame-effect fires, provide warmth, comfort and the ambience of a wood-fire heater without the hassle or damage to the environment.
In the kitchen, gas stovetops and gas ovens add value. You don’t have to be a Masterchef to prefer cooking with gas. Compared to electric stovetops, gas cooktops have instant heat, even temperature and cook the food faster.
5. Remodel your kitchen
Your kitchen is the heart of your home. Updating the kitchen will add value to your home, but there’s no need to go overboard. According to the experts, an average kitchen remodel will pay off more than a high-end renovation.
These simple improvements will keep your property up to date and add it its market appeal:
- New kitchen sink and tapware
- Vented rangehood
- Gas cooktop – the foodies will love it!
For a more extensive remodel, you could open up the space and add a kitchen island, update the cabinetry, flooring or lighting. Experts say that you will double your investment on resale.
6. Convert the garage
Converting your garage is another cost-effective way to add space and increase the value of your home. In many homes the garage is wasted space, storing junk and collecting dust. Why not think about converting it into a bedsit, kids retreat or mancave?
With a kitchenette/bar and small bathroom, this new space will increase your living area and the resale value of your of your home. Some experts say that converting the garage into living space will increase the value of your home by 20%.
Call us to check whether your garage is suitable for a conversion, and whether you will need planning permission. In many cases, the work involved in converting a garage is permitted development, but it’s always best to check first.
Beware of bad DIY
When it comes to renovations, it’s really important to know your limits – especially when it comes to plumbing. While most of us can stop the cistern running or fix a leaky tap, when it comes to adding or changing plumbing fixtures its best to call in an expert.
Blue Diamond Plumbing is about water in, sewerage out and everything that happens in between. When it comes to your hygiene and health we won’t take any shortcuts. All work is certified and 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
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With a Blue Diamond plumbing maintenance contract, you receive 10% off all services including repairs, renovations and new plumbing installations for the length of the contract. We will tailor a maintenance program to suit your requirements, including annual inspection of your property to identify small problems before they cause bigger problems.