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Top tips for the DIY enthusiast wishing to add a little Luxury

By Belinda Wilson

First impressions count. Keep the front of the property tidy, water plants and ensure there is no peeling paint or cracked exterior walls. Important looking gates or an impressive driveway will immediately make your potential buyers feel that they are entering a luxury property. Remember apart from wanting to make your living space as much of a luxury property as possible, a home is often a person’s largest asset. Therefore design upgrades are not only an aesthetic decision but a financial one as well as they can have a serious impact on resale value

For example it is important to make the room feel bigger than its square footage. Selecting and placing furniture that fits the scale of the room can go a long way in making the space feel larger than it actually is. While the actual square footage of a property will, of course be advised by the agent perception is a powerful thing when it comes to the actual viewing. If you can make a room feel more spacious, buyers will likely see more potential. Also Painting is the most cost-effective way to freshen up a space. And make the room feel updated clean and crisp neutral colours will also add to the special effect

Add a couple of luxury items and remember not everything has to be new. Don’t be afraid to keep your interior an eclectic mix if you simply look as though you have bought everything in one shopping trip the overall effect may actually cheapen your property.

Remember if you want to attract a wealthy buyer it is more than likely that the woman of the house will be impressed by some serious closet space in the master bedroom. Even better a large, functional walk-in closet will add value as it’s a luxury that really excites potential buyers.

If you’re going to spend money on your home, you’ll get no better place to spend it than in the kitchen. Whether you’re an avid cook or more likely to order takeout on your way back from work, you use the kitchen for eating, drinking and storage. Even minor upgrades there, such as updated light fixtures and hardware, will add value and if you can get custom cupboards and a centre island so much the better.

The second best room to luxuriate is the bathroom. Expensive looking sinks, mirrors lighting and hardware will provide a great return on investment.