Five easy tips to add value to your home

Sometimes a lick of paint can make all the difference to your home … and it won’t cost the earth.

You’ve given your body an overhaul as part of your new year’s resolution – why not do the same for your living space? Here are five simple ways you can add value to your home (who knows, perhaps 2015 is the year that you’ll sell your home and make a handsome profit!)

1) Don’t underestimate the power of the entrance

First impressions count. According to the experts, people make up their minds in the first seven seconds of entering a house. So it’s important that the entry to your home has impact. If there is foliage obscuring the entrance, be sure to trim it back and maybe even place some colourful pot-plants around the doorway. Also assess your front door. Does it look smart? If not, give it a fresh coat of paint (don’t be scared to use a bold, contrasting colour). You can also jazz it up with a brass letterbox or a stainless steel house number.

Be sure to consider the door knob and lock as well. Make sure that there are no sticky locks that a real estate agent will have to battle in front of potential buyers and if you can upgrade the doorknob  to something sturdy and strong, that’s a good idea too.

Once people step across the threshold, try and create an entrance way that is light and bright. Consider adding some indoor plants and a bold light fitting or a great piece of artwork.

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