Home improvements can increase the appeal of your property and add value to your asking price, but we know budgets can be tight and deciding which home improvements to carry out can be somewhat of a minefield.
Do you go for cheap chic? When should you opt for the customised approach? How can you get the bespoke look without breaking the bank?
Linda Jeffcoat, regional director at buying agency Stacks Property Search, believes that a strategic combination – that allows for a great overall look without the earth-shattering prices - is the way forward when it comes to home improvements.
“Extreme spending on bespoke is very unlikely to result in ‘profit’ or even break even when it comes to selling a property,” she said. Nonetheless, she says clever spending can still allow interiors to punch well above their weight. As Linda puts it, “it’s rather like teaming a pair of old jeans with a good cashmere jumper and great boots and handbag; it’s a question of upping the overall look with the injection of some key ‘pieces’.”
Good examples of these key ‘pieces’ include light switches, door handles, taps, counter tops and bannisters. The trick, Linda says, is to use your bespoke budget for classic items. However, items that are high-fashion now probably won’t be high-fashion in a few years. As we know, trends change rapidly and what was once very in vogue can quickly become dated.
Linda also reiterates the point that bespoke doesn’t necessarily mean items from high-end stores or boutiques; it can also mean second hand, vintage and reclaimed.
“I would recommend spending most of your bespoke budget on downstairs rooms where it will get its best profile,” Linda continued. “By the time people see upstairs you will have established the provenance of your property.”
According to Linda, one of the biggest bespoke investments you can make is on a handmade kitchen. “The advantages of a tailor-made kitchen are enormous – better use of space and an environment that suits your own specific needs.”
“But the cost can appear stratospheric, especially if you don’t envisage seeing out your years in your home. If you do go down this route, my advice would be to ensure that as much of your new kitchen as possible is freestanding so you can take it with you when you move. This will help you justify the expense, and ease the pain of moving on!”
Meanwhile, using your budget to improve basic kitchens and bathrooms with brand spanking new taps, worktops, bespoke shelving and great lighting – all of which won’t cost the earth – will also help to add value to your home. Even the simplest, most stripped-back bathrooms can be turned into something special with the careful arrangement of towels and candles. “Kitchens will benefit from clutter-free worktops, shelves displaying super-shiny glassware, and well organised professional-looking cooking implements,” Linda added.
“Finally, a couple of key pieces will really transform your home. A spectacular bannister, reclaimed shutters, or a vintage wrought iron arch in the garden will provide stand out features that your visitors, or potential purchasers, will remember and aspire to.”
As Linda said at the beginning, turning your whole house bespoke will be very costly and you are unlikely to see the rewards in the long-run. However, with a bit of shrewd spending and innovation, you can make your house look top of the range without leaving a hole in your wallet or purse.
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