Although one of the consequences of the recent financial crisis was the job losses that many people went through, house prices continue to rise dramatically, making it more difficult for first time buyers to buy their first property. Also the costs linked to moving houses is keeping existing homeowners sway from the house market, and we are not even going to mention the tougher conditions imposed by banks, mortgage and lending collections companies are applying stronger measures to recover their investment.


The good news is that if you already own a house there are simple things you can do to improve your existing space and add value to your home at the same time; you don’t even need to spend vast sums of money to achieve this; in a recent article published Home Improvements that Add Value, it states that “if you want to sale your home, them the first impression is important; the single reason why many people are put off when seeing a house is cluttering and dirt; this is a symbol of how you look after your home”; you won’t need to spend a penny on this, in fact you might be able to get a few dollars by selling those old items on eBay or Amazon.

Use light to create the effect of spacious areas

What to Check When Buying a House – Survey Structure Your Investment, Renovation ProjectCredit: Daniel M RamirezThe darker your apartment or house the smaller it will look; it is surprising how a house with a lot of natural or artificial light has the effect of bigger spaces but it is probably the most cost-efficient way to add that extra feature your home needs to make it more appealing to possible buyers and more enjoyable for you and your family. The open plan kitchen-living room allows light to flow throughout the whole room and the white porcelain floors create a visually bigger space. Another good tips is to combine space – dinning room can be a bedroom and a dining table can be placed in the kitchen.


Use the layout in your favour

Credit: Daniel M Ramirez Once you are installed in your new home it is highly recommended not to buy all the furniture straight away, it might not be possible anyway since you have to pay for the house but it is better if you allow time to study the layout of your home and individual bedrooms and plan accordingly, even simple things like hanging rails or a closet; you shouldn’t underestimate the simple things; a shoe drawer for example is a cost effective and saving space way to storage your shoes and create a decorative area at the same time.


All in one closet system

Credit: Daniel M Ramirez A good solid closet shelving system is a convenient way to storage all your clothes and shoes in an organised way; however, it is important to identify how you like your clothes, hung or folder? Also, when looking for at all in one closet system you should look for one easy to install and with shelves or drawers, pigeon-holes for your shoes and storage for sports equipment, towers and bags. A closet is the most efficient, organized and attractive storage solution. One of the best places to buy one is Amazon as they normally describe all the products in a honest way and the best part is the customer reviews section from people who has bought the same product you want to buy; this will give you an idea if it offers everything you need.


There are simple things you can do to improve the look of your home, especially if you live in a small apartment – remember that a cluttered house is not appealing to the eye and if you are planning to put your house in the market it might be a good idea to make a few changes.