Home Improvement: 10 ways to improve the look, feel and value of your home

Bored with your home? Then it’s makeover time! Here are our best 10 reasons to get started on your home improvement projects today.

1. Make it sellable. You might not be thinking of selling right now, but your circumstances could easily change. Perhaps your job allows you to relocate somewhere you’d love to live – you’d be able to sell quicker, for a higher price, if your house is well-maintained. The outside appearance of your home is important for raising its value and sales potential. Fresh paint, clean gutters and neat landscaping are simple ways you can boost your curb appeal.  

2. Make it future proof. Planning on adding to the family or growing old in your home? Make sure your home can handle your needs. Turn your home office into a baby’s room. Or your garage into a craft studio. It’s all about figuring out how best to use your space.

3. Make it green. With Eskom prices constantly on the rise, looking for green ways to save on your utilities will actually pay off in the long run. Sure, there might be an initial outlay to pay for a solar geyser or day/night switches for your outside lights, but these are worthwhile investments that increase the value of your home.

4. Make it homely. If the kitchen is the heart of the home, give it some love. Consider installing a new stove, replacing the countertops or putting in new cupboards to make it more suitable to your needs and visually appealing.  

5. Make it right. Your bathroom might be workable, but this is a good time to re-think the finishing touches. Get rid of that boring mirror and replace it with a beautifully framed one. Don't forget the lighting -- lighting is everything and the right kind of flattering lighting can make a difference to what you see in that mirror.  

6. Make it right for your kids. Don't want to leave your neighbourhood because your children have friends across the road? The idea of moving and having to change schools is daunting and this means that you and your family probably won't be going anywhere until school is through. So why wait 12 years to do some home improvement? Make your home suitable for the right now.

7. Make it easy on the eyes. Don't waste another day avoiding making eye-contact with those insipid baby-pink bathroom tiles! Are you embarrassed to invite friends over because they might snigger at the hideous, outdated colours in your kitchen behind your back? Putting in new countertops is easy and doesn’t cost as much as you might think, so go ahead and change them! 

8. Make it fresh. Even if your home feels almost perfect, it could probably do with a minor facelift. Paint your walls and skirting boards and the house will instantly feel fresh and clean. This is a great solution for anyone on a shoestring budget.

9. Make your garage/loft/laundry room usable. Are you tired of using your garage/loft/laundry room as one big storage unit? Convert it into a living space, such as a games room, or even add a cupboard and turn it into an extra bedroom. This will add square footage and increase the overall value of your home.

10. Make it smart. House-hunting is time-consuming and frustrating. Instead of spending months looking for something else that’s perfect, upgrading your bathrooms and kitchen or removing that wall that's been bugging you just might be the solution.

Not ready to take on a big kitchen remodelling or embark on a bathroom blitz? Check out our weekend DIY projects. Need to do more with your small space but don’t have the budget to build on? See our big ideas for small spaces. Keep looking up in despair, only to discover that your ceilings make you despair even more? Find inspiration here.  

We’ve also got the lowdown on architectural details that will add interest to any room, and how to make it happen. You might also want to think about how to use mouldings and panelling to easily transform the inside of your home.

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