You have prepared your home for winter with our winter maintenance tips. Now it’s time to consider using the season to invest in the future of your home. Small-to-medium renovation projects can add significant value to your property, and they also make it more comfortable and convenient to live in.
One of the biggest drawbacks in a lot of Ibiza properties is cheap, shoddy, single-pane windows. Presumably built with high summer in mind, most flats and many houses have paper-thin glazing that leaves you shivering all winter. Sealing cracks around existing windows is a patch; upgrading to double-glazing adds permanent value, not to mention comfort.
NEW FRONT DOOR
What is the first thing a visitor, or potential buyer sees? Your front door. According to property experts a new front door will return about 90% of its value in the sale price, and increase the likelihood of making a sale at all! Choose a sturdy door that suits the style of your house of flat. Steel doors have an added security advantage, which may be useful if you live in the countryside.
Lack of insulation, like single-glazed windows, is a product of cost-cutting at the construction stage, or an over-optimistic understanding of the local climate. The fact is, Ibiza is chilly several months of the year, and humid all year round. Good insulation will repay you with increased home value, reduced heating bills in winter, lower air-conditioning cost in winter, and reduction of damp. It is also a great way to improve your home’s eco-credentials, as it cuts down on energy use all year long.
A well-presented garden gives a priceless good first impression. Ibiza has a fantastic climate for growing a variety of plants and trees, and with professional advice you can turn an ordinary front yard into a welcoming oasis. Local garden centres are a great place to look for ideas and advice. Even if you have a green thumb, consulting with a gardener is a good idea as he or she can guide you to choose the best array of plants and accessories for your space. And be sure to read our garden blogs which cover everything from building a rock garden to choosing the best trees.
Adding or improving a deck in winter will make for a better summer, for you and future owners. Decks are a great way to increase the value of your home because they increase the amount of liveable space (and no need to knock down any walls!) Check out our decking blog to get an idea of the options available. Once you have an idea of what you like, consult with a local builder to get the wheels in motion. Remember, if you’re building or renovating a deck with resale in mind you want to use good-quality, sturdy materials, and pay attention to aesthetics. Adding potted plants, integral lighting, or a built-in barbecue area are great selling points.
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