Budget-Friendly Tips to Help Add Value to Your Home

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When you’re thinking about selling your home and moving on to a new one, it is always worth considering ways of adding value to your property, so that you can get the highest asking price that you possibly can. Even if you’re not thinking of selling up it can be worthy of your time – after all, it’s always good to be sitting on a high value home!

Here are some ways in which you can help add that value to your property, no matter what your budget looks like.

Cheap: Get in Touch with a Professional

Although it will cost a little bit of money and you won’t get anything concrete from doing it, hiring a professional interior designer or even an estate agent to come and look around your home for an hour or two can really pay dividends in the long run.

Because they know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to increasing the value of a property, you can ask them for all manner of useful tips and advice while you have them there. They will be able to break down what your home can benefit from and how much it’s likely to cost you, even down to relatively small improvements like the placement of your furniture or the ideal shade of paint for a room.

Even Cheaper: Take a Look Around

Of course, not all of the improvements you can do need to be cosmetic. Simply take a look around your home, taking more care than usual to really look. You need to try and see your home with a fresh pair of eyes, a critical pair.

Are the taps in the bathroom a bit leaky? Does the living room need a fresh coat of paint? Maybe your roof has deteriorated a little bit. If you are concerned, you can again hire a professional – a property inspector will be able to see all the problems you’d otherwise miss.

Cheapish: Green Thumbs

Do a bit of landscaping; that always looks nice and adds a good deal of value to your property. However, you should not go too crazy with your spending, nor should you decide to be too exotic with your choices.

Go for things that look nice but are relatively inexpensive, and go for things that require the bare minimum of upkeep. A rock garden always looks impressive and needs next to no effort to keep it looking that way. When choosing plants, purchase those which are native to your region – these won’t be as difficult to keep looking green and healthy.

Modestly Expensive: Update Your Bathroom or Kitchen

No two rooms command as much value in the home as the bathroom and the kitchen. If you can spare a few hundred quid and think you can only do one room, make sure it is one of these two.

Small updates to either the bathroom or the kitchen can bring in great returns. Update a tired vanity, replace your taps, or get a new microwave – even these will help!

Reviews: Ridgeons

With over 100 years of experience, Ridgeons certainly knows a thing or two about being a great builders merchant, offering a vast range of products and services with a friendly face and a wealth of values and commitments that make it a unique find in quite a competitive industry. The company is still run by the founder’s family and those core family values mean that they spend a lot of time training their staff, cultivating loyal working relationships with businesses in the area and developing and maintaining sustainable building solutions and products.

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Product Range

With a much wider range of products than your average builders merchant, including a range of timber and wood, landscaping tools and equipment, power tools, flooring and tiling, heating, plumbing, paint, decorating supplies, bathrooms and all of the building tools you’ll need to get the job done, they’re pretty much a one-stop shop. They also provide self-build materials too, allowing property developers and project managers to easily order the materials, tools and supplies needed, with plenty of advice and a little bit of hand-holding along the way. They also offer hiring services, which means that those just looking to hire a tool or product for one project can do so quickly and easily from one of their centres throughout the East of the country. Hiring tools also means that builders and developers don’t have to invest in a tool that they might use only once for a specialist job – saving money.

Sustainability

The Code for Sustainable Homes was introduced in 2007, resulting in a lot of confused builders, developers and customers. Ridgeons provides a number of resources, including online brochures and guides, training courses and much more. As part of their sustainability work, Ridgeons has partnered with the Green Deal, an initiative set up by government to encourage as many homes and businesses as possible to improve the energy efficiency of their property. The initiative finances the switch from unsustainable materials to sustainable materials, provided that the energy savings that come from the new installation are equal to or greater than the cost of the installation. A pretty good deal, really, as the more energy efficient a building is the cheaper the bills will be, resulting in improved cash flow. Those with trade accounts at Ridgeons can become approved Green Deal providers, which could provide a significant income.

Trade Accounts

Most merchants offer trade accounts, but Ridgeons offer a number of benefits to trade customers, including the ability to spread payments and various discounts and special offers – so it’s definitely worth setting one up.