With most of us spending more time at home during lockdown compared to what we would normally, it is almost inevitable that the thought of home improvements will have crossed our minds. Most alterations will be made to make a pleasanter home environment, but for many, the idea of adding value may determine which work gets done now and which gets put off. As real estate agents, we have a good idea about what adds value to the property and what gives it more curb appeal. Here are just a few of our suggestions:
1. Modernising the kitchen
If you are looking to sell your property, one of the things that buyers often look at first is the kitchen. If your kitchen is looking a little tired, it may be time to bring it into the modern world. Modern hobs, not only look a lot better; they are more energy-efficient as well as being far easier to clean! Ovens always appeal to western buyers so this is again something that you may wish to consider. A little tip, never scrimp on working tops and always make sure that there is plenty of space to work in.
2. Bathroom improvements
Probably after the kitchen, buyers look at the quality of the bathroom. Many older bathrooms in both houses and condos can lack the quality of newer builds. It is worth retiling the bathroom and giving it a white finish as this is more aesthetically pleasing. Installing a modern water heater and shower unit is also advisable and won’t break the bank. Chrome finishes are always appealing, and matching taps on the sink will also reap rewards.
3. Improvements to the quality of the build
The standard of building has improved significantly in the last decade, so if your property is a little older, it may be worth going around and look at what improvements you could make to the quality of the build. Of course, this doesn’t mean rebuilding your home, but you could consider new windows, re-plastering and decorating as well as, if your home is brick-built, re-pointing some to give a cleaner finish. These could all add significant value to your property and make it more appealing.
4. Wiring and electrical equipment
Tied in with the point above, you must get all the electrical equipment updated including circuit boards and wiring, perhaps even considering upgrading to three-phase electric. Also, as most properties are sold fully furnished, some items such as the TV may be worth updating; a task that is relatively inexpensive and may make your property stand out from the crowd.
5. Outdoor areas
First impression count, and if you are selling a house, it is advisable to make sure that the outdoor areas such as the garden look well kept and appealing. Landscape gardeners are relatively cheap in Thailand and could transform your outdoor space, so it is well worth considering if you want your property to instantly grab a buyer’s attention for the right reasons.