Easy Ways to Add Value to Your Property

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Whether you have just bought a new property, are happily settled in your home or are looking to sell up and move, there are loads of easy ways that you can add space and value to your house.

 

Before you bring in the buildings and plumbers and decorators, it is worth checking with your local estate agent whether or not a major home improvement will add value to your property, and if there are any features which are particularly sought after in your area. Remember that every property has a ceiling price, so make sure the cost doesn’t outweigh the profit in your equity.

 

Loft conversion

 

The most popular way to add value to a home is to convert the loft into a useable space. Going into the loft is often the easiest way to add an extra bedroom to the house, which will immediately push up the value into the next price bracket. It’s worth remembering that an extra bedroom can add anywhere between 10% and 15% to the value of the property.

 

However, a loft conversion will usually be around $20,000 to $25,000, and you will need to get planning permission from your local authority before you get going.

 

Paint, paint, paint!

 

A fresh paint job will do wonders for the value of your property and can turn your home from old and tired into fancy and fresh. If you don’t have time to do it yourself, you can hire someone to do the residential exterior painting, as well as a painter and decorator for the inside. Stay away from bold and dark colors if you are reselling, as they will make a room or space seem much smaller than it actually is, and also hire a professional if you are in danger of making any decorating or DIY mistakes!

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Revamp the kitchen

 

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a place where people gather on social occasions, where families eat and deep conversations are had. As this room is such an integral part of the home, it is important that it is attractive looking and functional.

 

If you don’t have the money for a full kitchen refit, there are some simple and easy things you can do to bring it up to a higher standard. Try replacing cupboard doors and handles for a quick and easy refresh and aim to create a space which is multipurpose. Most people spend the majority of their time in their kitchens, and it must be able to function as a place for kids to do their homework, guests to relax in while you are cooking dinner and family gatherings. Updating the kitchen doesn’t have to cost the earth, but it will be worth every penny.

 

Invest in your garden

 

Outdoor spaces have become a room in their own right, and investing in your garden is big business. By having a garden which is well laid out, you are not only adding value to your property but will also make it easier to sell!

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House Painting Hacks You Need to Know

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Few things can instantly transform the look of your interior faster than a new painting project. Changing the walls from one color to another is a great way to revamp the space and give it a whole new feel. Of course, painting the home can be an incredibly frustrating and time-consuming process if you aren’t an expert, which is why I’ve put together some great house painting hacks to help you with your next house painting project. Check them out now:

 

Make Paint Fumes a thing of the Past

 

One of the worst things about painting inside the house is the paint fumes that you are forced to breath in not only when you’re painting, but for hours and sometimes even days after. One of the best hacks I’ve ever come across then is the process of adding several drops of vanilla extract to your paint. It won’t affect the product at all., but instead of smelling horrible paint fumes, you’ll be treated to a lovely vanilla odor that makes the room smell divine.

 

Remember to Clean the Ceiling

 

Before you start painting, it is important that you remember to clean the ceiling even if you are not going to be painting it. You see, there is often a lot of dust and cobwebs on the ceiling and they can get moved around and end up on the walls as you paint. If they get mixed in with the paint, the finish will be poor, the walls will look dirty, and you’ll need to apply an extra coat. This can be so easily avoided by ensuring that the area is clean before you do anything else.

 

Line Your Paint Trays with Tinfoil

 

If it’s the cleaning up aspect of house painting that you hate, you can easily speed up the process by completely covering your paint trays with tinfoil. When you’re done, you can them simply remove the foil, and you’ll only have to worry about cleaning your brushes or roller because the trays will be spotless.

 

Use Fabric Softener

 

Speaking of cleaning your paintbrushes, did you know that soaking your brushes in fabric softener will have them looking as good as new in no time at all? If you’ve forgotten to soak your brushes immediately after use, however, soaking them in a bowl of white vinegar will soften up that paint and ensure that you can salvage them for the next job in no time at all.

 

Use a Swiffer for Perfectly Prepped Walls

 

Swiffers are great for getting your floors clean, so it stands to reason that they do an equally good job on the walls, right? When you’re painting, it’s important that you have a perfectly clean surface to work with, and the Swiffer will help you to achieve this much more quickly than going over every inch of the space with a rag.

 

Use a Wet Roller

 

If you want to ensure that you experience fewer drips and your paint takes to the wall better, lightly coating your roller with a small amount of warm water will do the job. Just don’t soak it or it could end up affecting the quality of your paint.

 

Get Clean Lines with a Paint Guard

 

There’s nothing worse that getting paint on the ceiling or the baseboards when you’re painting the walls. Luckily, there is a very easy way to prevent this, place a paint guard in the area you’re working on, directly above or below the line you don’t want to cross, and you’ll have no problems painting clean lines. You won’t even have to use decorating tape, which as you probably know, can be really fiddly!

 

Keep Paint Off with Petroleum Jelly

 

If you only plan to paint part of the wall and you want to ensure that you don’t get any drips on the parts of the wall you’re leaving as they are, cover them with a thin layer of petroleum jelly and any errant spills or inaccurate brushstrokes will only affect the petroleum jelly, leaving the walls free of paint.

 

Razor Drips Away

 

If you do get any drips, and let’s face it most of us will simply wait until they are dry and then either sand them away or cut them off with a sharp razor blade. Be careful when you’re doing this – the last thing you want is to add blood drips to your paint drips!

 

Paint Pads Get the Job Done Quickly

 

When you want to paint your walls really quickly, it can be tempting to use fancy gadgets to get the job done, but as you can see from these paintzoom.com complaints that doesn’t always work out well. What does work, however, is using paint pads. Unlike traditional rollers and brushes, these have a large flat surface area which has been designed to glide quickly and smoothly across walls. You can cut the time spent painting in half if you use paint pads as directed.

 

Avoid Roller Marks

 

If you’re painting your furniture rather than the walls, you should be sure to paint in one direction. This will prevent tell-tale paint marks that make the furniture look bad and which force you to apply another coat. Before painting furniture, you should always sand it down and prime it first, if you want it to look good.

 

Sand Before Applying Another Coat

 

It’s so disheartening when you spend a long time applying a second coat, only for it to dry with lots of lumps and bumps, forcing you to take further action to make the walls smooth again. Thankfully, this can be avoided by waiting until the first coat has dried and then lightly sanding the area with sandpaper to remove any imperfections. When you apply the second coat, providing you are careful, you will then be left with a perfectly smooth finish that makes your room look better than ever.

 

Are you a house painting pro? What are your tops tips for getting the job done quickly and achieving a professional finish that will make the room look fantastic?

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