We moved into our house in April 2013 and it was pretty much everything we could’ve asked for at the time. The kitchen was only a few years old and it had a separate dining room as well as a nice living room and downstairs toilet. Upstairs we had a family bathroom and four bedrooms with one having an en-suite. Fast forward to February 2015 and, knowing we would be expecting our second baby, we were knocking out the wall between the kitchen and the dining room to make it one big area for the kiddos to run around in.
We did this for a few reasons, the first being that our ‘few years old’ kitchen wasn’t all it had been cracked up to be. Everything seemed older than it was, the tiling on the floor wasn’t level and the tiles themselves were horrendous. There were corner features that I hated and gathered dust like no tomorrow and don’t even get me started on the shoddy plumbing. We also thought that if threw a few quid at it that when it comes to selling it, it might add some value and personally I think we’ve done exactly that. Our dining room wasn’t getting used either and it seemed a total waste to have it sitting there.
It’s no secret that the kitchen/dining room area is fast becoming the new ‘living room’. This is where people tend to socialise more, entertain their guests, spend most of their day to finally settle down in their actual lounge. The kitchen really is the heart of the home. One thing we’ve got to remember is that this is not our forever home. That hasn’t stopped us making minor improvements to try and increase the overall feel and look of the interior while we’re here though.
All the rooms have had a lick of paint and the living room even has a feature wall; we decided to keep it a feature despite removing the awful fake fireplace that was there. New carpets have reached some rooms and the kitchen right through to the hallway and downstairs loo are all linked with some rather lovely laminate.
There are always things you can do to improve, or add value to, your home. It could be as small as redecorating an old room to something as big as replacing all the windows, or a big loft conversion. Your home is what you make it, but if you’re thinking of selling it’s all about how it looks to those who are coming to view it.
Here are a few ideas from Saga as part of the #SagaHomeImprovement campaign. This campaign has been set up enable people to release equity from their home and use it to improve the value of it. A survey showed that 61% of people who released equity planned to use it on home improvements. You can read more about it here.
If you’re thinking of ways to add value to your own it’s absolutely worth considering the above. Alternatively if you’re looking to furnish your home or make some different improvements why not draw some inspiration from the Ideal Home Show? If you’d like to win tickets to the Ideal Home Show Manchester on 10th June then head over and get entering!
*In collaboration with Saga.