If you have £500 to invest in energy efficiency - then we would always concentrate on loft insulation and draught proofing. Both of these provide the biggest bang for your buck and will help to minimise your energy bills. They are also both pretty easy DIY projects - it will take just a few hours to insulate your loft space, and the draught proofing strips are easy to fit yourself on existing doors and windows to help prevent those cold draughts!
Summed Up : Go Green
The biggest home improvement anyone can do is clean and de-clutter. A lot of expensive home improvement can be avoided just by making sure those gutters are clear, there isn't any cracks or leaks around doors and windows, and simple cleaning. But for a design eye, the easiest improvement to any home is editing out what you no longer need. In our modern-consumption-obsessed lifestyle, it's easy to overload any home with extra 'stuff.' Declutter and throw out what you'd tell your bestie to get rid of. Your advice to her is actually perfect for you, too.
Summed Up : Neat and Tidy
We find that people gravitate towards warm and open spaces. One of the easiest ways to do this is to invest in letting in more natural light. Natural lighting from large windows is a great way to warm up a living area while also creating a sense of openness. Existing windows can be enlarged and doors can be switched to either glass or partial glass doors. For existing sources of natural light such as windows, glass doors and skylights, we recommend removing heavy drapes or blinds. If a room has limited access to natural light, painting the walls a light colour can create a sense of brightness.
- Emily Qiu
Summed Up : Open It Up
Get rid of any unnecessary furniture. When you live in a house, you might have loads of different pieces of furniture. That in itself is pretty normal; people tend to buy more things than they need. The fact of the matter is that the more furniture you have, the smaller your house looks. Get rid of some of your furniture so that the rooms in your home look larger than they do now. People want spacious homes, which is why it will serve you well to make your home look large. If you can do so, you should put some of your furniture in storage until you sell your home.
- Hamlet Ham
Summed Up : De-Clutter
When working on a limited budget, the most affordable way to give any home and instant update is to paint and apply details such as architectural trim. Simply by adding a dado or picture rail you can make a huge impact on the way that a room looks. This simple do-it-yourself project allows you to apply wallpaper to only a section of the wall, rather than have to spend a fortune to cover an entire wall, or paint the lower section of a wall in a contrasting colour to the top of the wall. Adding an architrave around old or new windows or doors instantly adds ‘wow’ factor, and painting this to contrast to doors or walls, or in a crisp white, allows you to incorporate architectural details at very little cost.
Baseboards or skirting boards, and cornice or crown moulding, are effective and affordable ways to finish off a plain room. Your local hardware store will stock a variety of options for you to choose from to match the style of your existing décor, from traditional wood to modern extruded polystyrene. Again, paint or stain these in your choice of colour to add attractive detailing or make an eye-catching feature. You will find plenty of tips and tricks on.
Summed Up : Lick 'o' Paint + More
Refreshing a front door is a fantastic way to give an entry new life. Adding simple paint or sealing a front door can give your home a more welcoming appearance. Additionally, adding or refreshing small accents like a new set of house numbers, welcome mats, or lights can tie the whole entry way together.
To create an inviting front entrance, also try adding some potted plants to the area. Adding value to your home affordably can be easy with a little accessories. Adding or refreshing knobs, handles or drawer pulls to your cabinets around your home can easily add a freshness or even give a completely new look to your home. Changing out some faucets can add a new dimension to a room, however be careful as some faucets can easily push you over your budget.
- Elizabeth Dobson
Summed Up : Don't Forget To Accessorise
If you plan on adding value to your home, but have a tight budget to work towards, then the best approach would be to do the work yourself instead of hiring a contractor! It’s therefore important to make sure you do enough research online to at least have an idea about what to do, and how to do it, before you start. The cheapest way to add value to your property, especially if you are thinking about putting it on the market, would be to concentrate on the visual impact a visitor would have when entering your home.
- Guy Alexander Bell
Summed Up : Its DIY so Do It Yourself
Spend money and time insulating and air sealing around windows and doors. Use foam from a can to seal around doors and windows, anywhere there’s a gap where could flow. If you can, remove the trim around the inside opening. If you have an attic, look into adding insulation yourself. There are some products on the market that can be spread by hand, without a machine. Or home stores will loan you a machine to blow insulation into the attic or walls. While it may not be sexy like a new door, insulation and air sealing will pay off in the long run.
- Gary Wollenhaupt
Summed Up : Warm Things Up
For under $500, my vote would be lighting, such as adding pot lights to your kitchen. We recently added six of them to our kitchen, and they instantaneously brighten up and make the room look so much more spacious. Another idea is to switch up a chandelier - it can totally change the ambiance of a room.
- Michelle Shen
Summed Up : Light It Up
When it comes to increasing the kerb appeal of your home, Property Division advises to focus on the front door. A freshly painted or varnished wooden door, complete with a highly polished brass letter box and handle, will give visitors a great first impression of your house. If you choose to paint your front door, go for neutral shades, such as white, black, dark grey or even British Racing Green. And don’t forget to upgrade your home’s security by fitting BS 3621 thief-resistant locks to your new-look front door.
- Gurleen Jhooti
Summed Up : Tighten Up Security
It's a tricky question, I think it's hard to add value to a home for such a small amount, but maybe it would be wise to invest that money into some repairs that will prevent any more costly work further down the road, or cause potential problems when you want to move. Perhaps something very practical like getting your electrics checked out to ensure they are all in order, or the central heating system serviced to ensure no expensive repairs are needed over the winter months? Then if a potential buyer has a survey on your home, everything will be in order and you won't have to negotiate on your price perhaps.
Summed Up : Plan Ahead
I’m a big fan of improvements that entice people outdoors because there, they get acclimated to the local climate so they can throw the windows open and cut off the HVAC when they return indoors, and no equipment is so efficient as that which is off. So I’d find a tiny spot outdoors and build a really simple pavilion that could be nothing more than four small tree stumps connected by four tree-branch beams with a simple cable below on which simple white curtains can be hung. The curtains are there for privacy, but they also billow beautifully in a breeze, enticing you outdoors when you see them out your window. If there’s money left over, buy a rope hammock to hang diagonally across your little pavilion.
- Steve Mouzon
Summed Up : Head Outside
Make a list, however daunting or long! that may be, of everything that needs fixing in your home. Then do your research on how to fix these things yourself and where the cheapest place to buy the items you need is, and be creative! You don't have to have the latest gadgets to do a bit of home DIY.
DO YOUR RESEARCH! look at what's out there on par with your property and make sure you stand out. If you struggle with this part then get some expert advice, at thefullesthomes.com you can get a full written consultation with every single detail on how to present your property to ensure you get a quick and profitable sale for under £200. Clean,clean, clean! Ensure your home is better than the marketing photographs. This is one of the biggest problems potential buyers face when viewing properties on the market. All looks good on paper but when they arrive the garden is untidy, the bins are out and the flowers are dead! You can never under estimate the value of a fresh pristine inviting home!
- Stacey Fuller
Summed Up : Do Your Research
Installing one or two raised garden beds may cost under $500, and adds aesthetic as well as practical value to a home. Raised beds bring beauty and order to a yard while enabling the home owner to grow vegetables for the table. Raised garden beds makes the property more appealing to prospective buyers, and backyard vegetable gardening also is a great learning tool for children in the family."
- Greg Seaman
Summed Up : Raise Garden Beds
This is a bit of a tricky question as every house is different, but one of the biggest bangs for your bucks can be to paint those dark laminate cabinets a clean white or fun colour. Updating fixtures always catch the eye of home buyers. And don't over look the outdoors, a simple patio with the right table can boost your living space and make the home feel bigger.
Summed Up : Go Clean White
If you have a small budget, you’ll want to focus on cosmetic changes that will wow people from the first time they see photos of your home online to the moment they walk in the door. First impressions mean a lot. If your front yard is in bad shape, spend the money on mowing, pruning and maintenance. Stage your stoop or porch, and consider painting or replacing your front door and mailbox if they are damaged. If your interior needs the most work, spend the money on carpet cleaning and a fresh coat of paint.
- Mia Simon
Summed Up : First Impressions Are Key