There’s an excellent chance that you’ll never own anything more expensive than a house. We’re willing to spend so much on property for two reasons: firstly, we need to have places to live, and secondly, it offers incredible investment opportunities. If you can read the market well and perfect your timing, you can make a lot of money simply through buying and selling property — all while being your own boss and being fully in charge of your destiny.
Now, you may have clicked on this post because you’re planning to sell your property soon, or maybe it’s simply because you want to have the option of selling your property at a good price if you deem that worthwhile. Regardless, the core point of raising property value through interior design is absolutely worth your time and attention.
To help you make your property more valuable, we’re going to look at some straightforward interior design tasks you can carry out. Let’s get to them.
Prioritize kitchen and bathroom design
There are two parts of a house that inevitably get the most attention from prospective buyers. The kitchen, and the bathroom (or bathrooms). Bedrooms are obviously important, but they’re relatively easy to overhaul. Kitchens and bathrooms take time and effort, which is why you should focus on them for your interior design project.
Concentrate on making these areas feel as luxurious as possible. This can be done on a budget since it’s all about perception: you don’t need to pay much to add some light, clean everything, and distribute some accessories. You can even make a tiny kitchen feel substantially bigger. If you can get this done, you can add value quickly by making prospective buyers feel comfortable in the property right away.
Cater to the pros and cons of the area
To get some added perspective on what can affect the value of property, I spoke to Ade Labinjo, CEO & Co-Founder of the online mortgage company Breezeful. He raised the following point:
“Now that remote working is common, people are free to choose the locations they want, so a typical buyer will care slightly more about the region than the property. Your job as a seller, then, is to make your house best meet or exceed their expectations for the area. Do what you can to play to the strengths of your neighbourhood and diminish its weaknesses.”
“Take Ottawa as an example. Canada’s capital heavily features government-commissioned architecture that was designed to be robust and utilitarian. If you own property that fits that mold, why not add some flair through eye-catching interior design? Visitors will love the mixture of functionality and form. And if they need help finding the best mortgage rates Ottawa has to offer, send them our way. Our online service can do all the hard work for them.”
People prioritizing interior design can forget about the context of their surrounding areas, and that’s a major mistake. There will be things about the region that are drawing the interest of your prospective buyers, so build on those to make your property stand out from the crowd.
Focus on neutral colours and open spaces
When someone buys property with the intention of moving in, they want to have options. It’s unlikely they’ll want to keep everything as it is, so they’ll plan to get to work quite quickly: repaint walls, adjust layouts, change materials, etc. You need to take this into account with your interior design, and the best way to proceed is to focus on neutral colours and open spaces.
Why neutral colours? Because they look crisp and clean, help places feel light and airy, and — most importantly — allow visitors to freely imagine how they might redecorate. When you use bold colours, you make it tougher for people to envision alternatives. A house decorated with neutral colours is more like a blank slate ready to be filled in.
Similarly, the answer to the question of “Why open spaces?” is that they show potential. You want the property to feel as big and flexible as possible. Yes, a densely-decorated room can look really nice, but what if someone looking at it doesn’t like the layout or has a different purpose in mind for that area? Keep things simple and spaced out so the property can have the broadest appeal. This will significantly help the value.
It’s a question that is on the mind of every homeowner, especially if they are buying a house for the first time: which worst-case-scenarios are your homeowners insurance policy capable of covering, and which will still fall onto your shoulders alone?
We will discuss what will be covered under a standard policy in this write up. Of course, the first thing worst mention is that simply having a policy is essential – and, without it, you will be the one stuck paying the bill in terms of repairs and maintenance, no matter what goes wrong.
Before you purchase a house insurance policy yourself, however, you need to know what needs to be covered in order to feel confident that your future is secured. What are you getting for what you pay? Why skimp on an insurance policy that won’t cover everything? Or worse yet, why pay more for extra? Isn’t it about time you saved your money and re-invested it in something completely different?
Keep in mind that while some insurance plans can cover the basics and then some, other plans may lack it. If you want to know what coverage to expect in an insurance policy, keep reading. Let’s dive right in:
Nature can be a destructive force at times. And it will depend on what part of the country you’re in. If you are in the middle of tornado alley, then your house could get damaged by a tornado.
If you live near a flood prone area, your yard or home may be partially submerged if you live close to a flood zone. Environmental damage will usually be covered under an insurance policy regardless of the insurer.
Fire damage can occur due to causes both within or beyond your control. Your home can face minor damage, or it could burn down completely – and you will certainly want to ensure that you and your possessions are covered.
You may lose personal items due to a fire. Whether it can be replaced or not may depend on the policy – and that is why it is so incredibly important that you take the time to read through the policy before signing it.
Burglaries happen every 30 seconds. Most of the time, things can go missing. For this reason, you will need an insurance policy that will replace any items that may have been stolen from the home.
While it is important to keep your doors locked when you’re not home, burglaries can still happen. There are those who can find creative ways to gain access into your house and make off with some items that may be valuable to them.
Someone could slip or fall in your driveway. Whatever danger is present on your property, you may be held liable – even if it’s an ice patch. This could result in you paying medical bills or even legal fees should a lawsuit arise.
With an insurance policy, your insurer will take care of these expenses on your behalf. You usually won’t pay out of pocket most of the time. But it’s a lot better than having to.
While it may be a difficult scenario to consider, it is entirely possible for a home to turn into an uninhabitable space in the blink of an eye – and without any warming. Granted, this may be a temporary thing but, even then, dealing with the clear up while trying to find (and pay for) temporary accommodation is an incredibly difficult and stressful undertaking.
With the right insurance, your expenses will be covered until you’re on your feet again. This will prove invaluable if the worst ever does happen, and you face days, weeks, or even months without being able to re-enter your home.
While house insurance is a necessity, it’s completely optional whether you want to be covered or not. Unfortunately, most people choose not to get covered for one reason: the cost. On top of that, they also want an insurance policy that may cover the basics (while omitting the rest).
So they will feel confused about what’s covered within their policy and what isn’t covered. This is what makes choosing an insurance policy so complicated at times. However, you don’t have to worry about the complexity that comes with choosing a policy – understanding what your non-negotiables are, and ensuring that you read carefully through the policy before signing, will mean that you can cast fears over future worst-case-scenarios from you mind as you settle into homeownership.
For several years Desire to Inspire has proudly partnered with the A’ Design Award & Competition, the world’s largest annual juried design competition with over 100 categories. It honors the best designers, architects, and design oriented companies worldwide to provide them publicity, fame and recognition. Such an exciting competition. Such a prestigious award. A’ Design Award & Competition is an indicator of quality and perfection in design, recognized worldwide, your design front and centre before design companies and professionals. Entries will be judged by an international jury panel of scholars, professionals and media members and the benefits to the winners are inspiring. The trophy, of course, an invitation to the gala night, a certificate of quality, inclusion in the prestigious A’ Design Award & Competition exhibition and the yearly ResultBook but even more importantly press, PR, introduction to industry professionals and companies and international exposure. There is still time to get entries in. You can register here.
Let’s indulge in the wonderful winners of last year’s Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design category (one of MANY categories that are included).
Believe you’ve got what it takes to take on the best of the best design from around the world? You can register for the 2021-2022 A’ Design Award and Competition here but time is short so get your entries in now.
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From pizza ovens to breakfast sandwich makers and heated butter knives, we’re now in the age of hyper-specific kitchen appliances. With more and more kitchen gadgets becoming available, it can be difficult finding space in small kitchens to store them all.
We’ve compiled seven alluring ways of storing kitchen appliances in small kitchens that will declutter your space and free up your mind so you can focus more on the cooking.
As far as kitchen appliance hierarchies go, your fridge, stovetop, and dishwasher are all the way at the top. It’s critical you ace the placement of these when you use a kitchen appliance installation service so you can base the rest of your kitchen organization around this.
Designate zones around these appliances for food preparation, cleanup, pots and pans storage, food storage, and utensils. This will dictate the space you have to store your appliances and the types of storage that will work in your kitchen.
Older kitchens tend to have those awful corner cupboards where you need to blindly reach all the way to the back to find what you’re looking for. Thankfully, there have been some very clever corner cupboard storage solutions that have been developed since then that make this the perfect place to store small kitchen appliances for easy access.>
Carousels and Wari corners are just some of the ways you can increase your kitchen’s accessible storage space. This storage solution can be used to store your small to medium-sized appliances, as well as your general kitchen utensils.
Get more out of your kitchen cabinet space by making it work for you. Most of us only have one shelf in our cabinets and a tonne of wasted vertical space above it. You can double your storage space here by adding in an extra shelf or using shelf risers.
You’ll be able to more efficiently store your small appliances, cups, bowls and more here, freeing up other spaces for your large appliances.
When you’re working with a small kitchen, your vertical storage space is more important than ever. Extra shelving on your walls means you get more free space on your countertops and have less cluttered shelves down low.
Large appliances are heavy and it can be risky storing them above your head. This is why additional shelving to hold your cups and plates is good to free up space in your lower cabinets to store these bulkier appliances around your waist level. Meanwhile, your small appliances like a mixer or blender can easily fit on your top shelves.
Some appliances are just too pretty to stow away in your cabinets. Depending on how much counter space you have, you can proudly display your commonly used appliances while also making extra space for your less glamorous appliances in your cupboards.
It’s more convenient to keep your frequently used appliances out for ease of access. If space allows, store these appliances in an appliance garage. Get some powerpoints installed nearby and you can keep your coffee machine, kettle, or whatever other appliances you commonly use within easy reach at all times.
Instead of trying to find all this extra space to store kitchen appliances, why not downsize your appliance collection? There is a range of multi-tasking appliances on the market now aimed at simplifying your kitchen gadget collection. Appliances like the Thermomix can replace your blender, slow cooker, standing mixer, soup maker, food processor, juicer, digital scales and stick blender with just one appliance.
Imagine the space you’ll save by replacing all these kitchen tools and appliances with a multitasker like the Thermomix!
The slow cooker is a staple in the winter months, but do you really need it out when the warmer months come around? Consider storing the slow cooker away in the garage when summer hits so you have room to bring out the trusty ice cream maker instead.
These kitchen appliances tend to be large and bulky, so storing them in your garage or another storage space will go a long way in freeing up more space for all your small appliances.
While not all of these tips will work for every small kitchen, taking the ones that will work for you will help to maximize your available appliance storage space. With such limited space, every little bit helps when you’ve got a small kitchen.
Have you entered the prestigious A’ Design Award and Competition yet? Once again we are sharing some of our favourite winners from previous years and more importantly how you can enter your own designs. With over 100 categories the A’ Design Award and Competition is the world’s largest design competition. But it is not just an award. It is an indicator of quality and perfection in design that is recognized worldwide, and your design front and centre before design companies and professionals. Entries will be judged by an international jury panel of scholars, professionals and media members (you can check out the methodology here) and the benefits to the winners are inspiring. The trophy, of course, an invitation to the gala night, a certificate of quality, free sales listing at SaloneDelDesigner, inclusion in the prestigious A’ Design Award and Competition exhibition and World Design Rankings and the yearly ResultBook but even more importantly press, PR, introduction to industry professionals and companies and international exposure.
From the Good Industrial Design Award, to the Good Architecture Design Award. The Good Product Design Award to the Good Communication Design Award. The Good Service Design Award to the Good Fashion Design Award and so many more (check out more categories here). Excited? Inspired? Ready to take on the best of the best design from around the world? The deadline for regular submission is September 30 (yes that soon!) and results will be published on May 1. Of course we will be bringing you the results as well. You can find out exactly what the A’ Design Award and Competition is here and register here. Now on to some past winners…
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