When you’re looking for your next home, people tend to take one of two options.
Either they’ll buy a property that’s perfect for what they need.
They can move in and relax, knowing nothing needs to be done and instead can enjoy their time in peace.
On the other hand, many people opt for properties which need work doing.
This is the option we’d suggest but why do people do it? The answer is simple really, because there’s plenty of money to be made out of it.
The chances are you can buy a property cheaper if it needs work on it and then later down the line make a huge profit.
So let’s take a look at what you should be doing when moving into a new home this summer:
Start with the basics
The excitement of finally moving into your new home can be enough to make you want to strip the wallpaper and get your own colours and styles in right away.
But all of this can wait because after all, the aesthetics won’t take you that long once you put your mind to it. First of all there are some more important matters to take care of.
You’ll want everything to be in a good working order first and foremost. It’ll be a pain to do the decorating and then find the plumbing or electrics need dealing with because of a fault.
Before embarking on your decorative ideas, take a look at the surveyor’s report as this will highlight any particular areas of concern. Examples of this would include old wiring and damaged roofing. So this should always be your first port of call.
Remember: Never attempt to carry out work yourself if it involves working at height or with electricity if you do not have the necessary expertise. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so just bring in a professional to carry out the work for you.
Adding value to your home
After you’ve tackled the basics of your home then it’s time to consider larger projects, especially how to add value to the property. Of course, don’t dive head first into it and always give the project plenty of consideration by conducting lots of research.
Give yourself a settling in period of at least three to six months to get used to your home. This way you’ll be able to find out what you like and don’t like about the property and can then make a more informed decision.
We have some great ideas for you if you do decide to bite the bullet and invest in your home, so take a look at our top tips:
Upgrade your windows and doors
Energy efficiency is definitely a topical subject at the moment and windows and doors play a large role in this. Make sure your home is as efficient as it can be by upgrading the windows and doors. They’ll look great and help you to save a small fortune too.
Add an extra bathroom
Do you have a spare room in your home that doesn’t get much use? Then why not create an extra bathroom? It’s a great idea if the mornings are overcrowded with everyone trying to squeeze into one. Even consider an ensuite for the master bedroom to add a wealth of value to the home.
Convert your loft space
Why not make use of the wasted space in your loft? Open up the space, bring in some natural light and use the room for whatever your home needs. Popularly, homeowners convert the loft into an extra bedroom and adding an ensuite too can increase value by 20%. Other ideas include a home gym or study area.