Homeowners across the country are searching for ways to fight these changes by increasing the value of their homes.
If you’re thinking about putting your house on the market this year, here are some of the top trends in home renovation that will add value to your home.
If you live in an older or period home, one of the easiest ways to increase the market value of your property is by making significant renovations to the fabric of your home.
New flooring will make your house look and feel as good as new. If your budget is tight, concentrating on floors that wear out the quickest is a simple way to save money—and one of our favorite simple home makeovers.
After all, living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms tend to see the majority of traffic in most homes.
Natural materials are trending this year, so skip the linoleum and opt instead for unique flooring choices such as terracotta, cork or bamboo to impress potential buyers and keep with up with the latest green trends.
Bespoke living spaces
Some trend watchers say open plan living is passé in 2017, but you don’t have to completely overhaul your open plan home in order to inject a bit of clarity into your living spaces.
Create clearly delineated spaces for work, play and relaxation in your home by making use of spare rooms (a new office or home gym would do nicely) and cleverly styling existing spaces (by installing bookshelves or sideboards as room dividers, for example).
Remember that added bedrooms, increased square footage and unique living areas will all add to your sale price, so think carefully when renovating these spaces.
Potential buyers will appreciate your effort here and be able to see themselves living in your home.
High tech gadgets
One of the hallmarks of 21st century living is technology and virtually all homeowners understand that a high-tech home makes everyday life more convenient.
Millennial buyers in particular will appreciate viewing a home that has a few digital perks, so consider installing one or two gadgets in order to impress before putting your house on the market.
Smart technology is particularly trendy at the moment and homeowners can choose from a wide variety of products that learn preferences and can be adjusted on the go.
Learning thermostats, lighting systems and home security systems will keep your home safe with the touch of the button, while smart appliances and tech stations will overhaul your kitchen, save energy and make your home more accessible.
There are plenty of energy efficient home technologies that can add significant value to a home.
A shabby or outdated kitchen is often a deal breaker for many buyers, so make sure yours is looking its very best before scheduling any viewings.
One kitchen trend taking the country by storm this year is built-in appliances and storage.
An integrated kitchen creates a seamless, modern look for your kitchen by hiding your white goods, accessories and storage inside bespoke shelving units and drawers.
However, this doesn’t mean your kitchen has to be boring or completely without personality.
High-spec fixtures and fittings—including lighting, taps and knobs—and brightly colored floral arrangements or fresh greenery will create a beautiful and memorable space that potential buyers will see as the heart of the home.
As far as home decor is concerned, the top design trends of 2017 embrace a comfortable yet worldly design style full of imperfect and unfinished pieces.
When shopping (or clearing out your closets), look for natural materials like wicker, hemp and jute, and vintage or upcycled furniture with character.
Other elements to consider include reclaimed wood, raw fabrics and warm colour palettes.
This may sound counterintuitive, but potential buyers who are interested in current design trends will feel at home when visiting your lived-in property and remember it for all the right reasons.
Article supplied by Modernize.