Boost The Value Of Your Home

Houses are expensive; they’re probably the single biggest purchase you will ever make in your life, so it makes sense to take care of them and do what you can to maximise your investment. Fortunately, there are lots of simple things you can do to boost the value of your home that will, mostly, not cost you too much.

Make more space

Homes that are spacious, light and airy tend to be more popular with buyers, so do what you can to make more space. This could mean knocking down walls to create an open-plan living area, or you could even buy a conservatory to add some square footage to your home. Try a big de-clutter challenge over spring. Just half an hour a day can make a huge difference!

Give the Garden Some Attention

The garden is the part of your home that makes the first impression. If it is unkempt, overgrown and generally dishevelled, buyers might just give the place a miss before ever getting inside. Luckily, it doesn’t have to cost much to get your garden looking good again, Mow the lawn, prune the bushes, kill any weeds and perhaps plant some flowers to ensure your garden is inviting rather than off-putting.

Outside there was a veggie patch to explore.
Outside there was a veggie patch to explore.

See the Light

Light is important. No one wants to live in a dark, dreary property, so if you are looking for a simple way to add value to your home, invest in some good lighting and consider adding more windows if the property will stand for it. Natural lighting is more important than  artificial lighting, so windows skylights and the like will add the most value.

Care for and Maintain

When you own a property, if you want it to either keep its value or ideally grow in value, you need to keep on top of repairs and maintenance. As soon as a problem rears its head, whether it be a leaking tap or an overgrowth of weeds, take steps to remedy the situation That way things will not get on top of your, and your home will always be in good condition. Keeping on top of repairs will also stop bigger problems from arising in many cases.

Leaky shed. The roof is nearly non-existent!
Leaky shed. The roof is nearly non-existent!

Spruce Up Your Kitchen

The kitchen is usually a big selling point, so do whatever you can to make it stand out and attract potential buyers. If you can afford it, you might consider a full kitchen remodel, depending on the current condition of your home, but if money is tight, simply giving it a new coat of paint can make all the difference.

Upgrade Your Flooring

Floors are important. A shabby looking carpet or scratched floor can put a buyer off in an instant, which is why you should consider spending a modest sum on upgrading your flooring. Solid wood floors are particularly good at adding value because they look and feel expensive, are easy to clean and can be maintained with relative ease.

If you are going to be living in your property for the long term, remember that any changes you make to add value to your home should also add to your quality of life – don’t make changes just because you think they will be useful in the future make them because they will improve things for you too.

Becoming an influencer

WARNING> This is going to be a post focusing on blowing my own trumpet.

I have had the passion for Green Living grow and grow during the last few years of my life. Around 4 years to be exact, but I was always brought up frugally by my grandparents who taught me how to watch my pennies and waste as little as possible.

Over the last 2 years, I have experienced quite a few people contacting me asking for advice. They want to know information about washable incontinence pants, sticking a sea-sponge up ones vagina and even asking me if pissing on a compost heap is ‘allowed’. To some this may be humorous, but to myself it fills me full of pride. I am proud of myself. I am an influencer.

People have started to recognise me for an area of expertise, and feel confident to approach me with quite often personal issues. I have noticed friends make a transition of vowing to never buy disposable nappies ever again and starting to convert old materials into washable baby wipes. I have noticed from the corner of my eye cloth sanitary products (CSP) blowing in the wind on a friends washing line and I have witnessed an old school friend share my blog post about menstruation onto their Facebook timeline, proudly announcing to the internet-world how they are ‘changing their ways FOR GOOD’.

What I am trying to say is, I feel honoured that people are following my advice. They are making changes for the better.

I am also noticing a revolution. People are waking up. My local Boots now sells Moon Cups, something that I had only noticed in larger stores not little market town stores. The Tampon Tax has made ladies stick 2 fingers up to Mr Osbourne and vow to never give him a penny again for the luxury of bleeding. Of course, I can’t give myself credit for changing the stock in Boots, but I can pat myself on the back for pushing a little extra Supply And Demand. I can only hope.

What I am also trying to say is; no matter what you believe in (as long as its for the greater good), preach it!  People are great at mimicking other people. I can’t remember who influenced my mind, and maybe it just happened naturally through common sense, but I have now seen around a dozen people copy my actions. If those 12 people converted another 12 people each that would be 144 people. Just by people telling other people what they believe in.

I’m no big shot and I am in no way a great mentor, powerful leader or strong force but people for some reason have listened to me. So, if people can listen to little old me, Imagine if they listened to YOU.