When you buy your first home, you will no doubt be critical of every square inch of it. After all, not everyone wants to move into a place that will cost more money to fix damaged areas. Of course, this changes over time the more that you use different areas of the house. With that said, you might be considering if it’s time to do some repairs on your bathroom, kitchen or lounge.
It will be a large investment – not as much as buying a home – but sprucing up your house is only going to benefit everyone living there. You don’t want to pass up the opportunity to refresh your home and make it feel like the first time you purchased it. If it’s not for that, then any maintenance work will do wonders for your property’s value in the long term.
According to research from GoCompare (via the Property Wire), cosmetic damage and poor upkeeping are sufficient reasons to stop someone from buying a certain property. The findings also point out that 24 per cent of people are put off by an old kitchen, while 22 per cent said the same about a bathroom.
Ben Wilson, a GoCompare spokesman, commented: “Buying a home is a major investment and most people are put off by outdated properties or those in a poor state of repair. While dated décor can be remedied easily and relatively cheaply, major flaws from poor maintenance or badly botched DIY can be expensive to put right.”
There’s no doubt that you’ve walked into your kitchen or bathroom and noticed some form of crack on the wall or signs of wear and tear. If you leave it and, should the time come to sell the house, not bothering to fix it, it’s only going to cause you to lose significant value on your property or even struggle to find someone else to buy it.