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Features that can really make a property stand out

Written by Posted On Friday, 17 February 2017 10:50

In a busy real estate market, knowing how to optimize the appeal of your home really counts. Every property has its fair share of advantages and disadvantages, but there are certain features and traits that almost always make a great first impression and can help you sell or rent the property faster, including:

Having a converted loft

Transforming a space that's mostly used for depositing things into a livable room is a no-brainer for anyone who truly wants to get the most out of their home. If you have an attic of some sort, it's usually possible to convert it into a fully functional loft quite easily. What's more, experts say that it can add up to a 20% increase in the overall value of your home. 

A well-manicured garden

Any home that has a small plot of land affixed to it can benefit immensely from being spruced up with just a couple of well-placed plants. Aside from freshening up the air around your home, a garden-like environment also instantly makes it more appealing for potential renters or buyers, who see it as a haven for rest and relaxation. It doesn't even have to be a full-fledged garden, as even a small green patio can really work wonders if smartly arranged.

Excellent lighting and water fixtures

Small improvements in your home's water and lighting fixtures can lead to great impressions. After all, no one wants a home where leaky faucets or faulty light bulbs are a constant issue. For that reason, be sure to invest in quality fixtures, including water flow regulators and light dimmers that allow for a more careful monitoring of energy consumption. 

High-teach features

Modern homes can benefit a lot from high-tech features that allow their inhabitants to control various aspects of the home just by using their smartphones. These can include things such as lights, door locks and security systems. Even if you lack the necessary funds to buy these upgrades, at the very least consumers expect to have a programmable thermostat and a back-up power generator in case of homes in more remote areas where outages are common. 

Curb appeal

Having a beautiful interior is a must, but too often homeowners neglect their property's exterior to their ultimate detriment. Things like shoddy paint jobs or displaced shingles on your roof can cause a bad first impression that will later be hard to shake. Avoid this by making sure that your home looks splendid from the outside as well as the inside, and don't be afraid to enlist the services of a dedicated home design expert who can give you further tips.

As you can see, there are many ways to go about improving your home for the purpose of maximizing its real estate appeal. While not each and every one of the ideas listed above may be applicable in your situation, with a little bit of hard work and creativity you too can ensure that your home stands out from the crowd in a good way.

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