As house prices continue to soar throughout the UK, more and more homeowners are planning to sell and are beginning to decorate and renovate in order to get the maximum possible price for their property.
Inspired by social media, many are turning to the new trend of upcycling and transforming their homes at a fraction of the cost of buying items at full price.
Some buyers are looking for fixer-uppers and are happy to put in the work to put a stamp on their new home. The majority, however, are looking for the finished article. And whether it’s renovating your front door or revamping a built-in wardrobe, making small changes can make a big difference when it comes to selling.
Upcycling involves taking an existing item and repurposing it to avoid throwing it away. It’s now a common practice in interior design. The quirky nature of upcycling means that it's not too difficult to create something that could make your home stand out. If you’re not the handiest with the tool kit or struggle with re-imagining furniture, don't worry. The internet is a wonderful tool and is full of inspiring ideas – websites like Pinterest and Instagram are brimming with images of bookshelves made from ladders, bicycle wheels turned into clocks and much more. This kind of statement piece is sure to make your home memorable for a potential buyer and even though these items may not be sold with the home, it’s all about displaying the potential for your property to be a unique and interesting place to live.
As well as creating wonderful works of art for your home, it’s also possible to add practical, everyday things that can save you money and reduce your carbon footprint. In a world where we're all trying to be conscious of what we consume and waste, upcycling is a great way to reduce the amount of refuse that ends up in landfills, degrades the soil and causes water and air pollution.
If you're looking to sell quickly, the fastest and most effective way to improve the value of your home is kerb appeal. The front of your home is the first thing potential buyers see when they approach your property and is one area in which you must impress. But, instead of spending money on new window frames and doors, a fresh lick of paint can often make something look like new again.
Use old plant pots, clean them and use them to storage make up on your dressing table
Use old jam jars to store away the kids crayons and marker pens
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