Add value to your property

Add value to your property

At Romney Park Luxury Apartments, glass sliding doors and large windows allow in ample natural light, and sheer, neutral-coloured curtains create a bright room even on winter days.

You don’t have to break the bank when it comes to improvements to your home that add value, says interior designer Christo Koegelenberg, who has worked closely with Romney Park Luxury Apartments in Green Point on its recent upgrade.

“Making some small but clever changes to your property can make a substantial difference to the price of your home.”

Koegelenberg gives some tips for effective improvements to help you get the most out of your property:

Upgrading your kitchen need not be an expensive overhaul, and small changes can go a long way. If your kitchen has the stock-standard Formica, for example, replace it with granite counter tops to instantly give a much better look and feel.

“At Romney Park Luxury Apartments, I changed the colour of the cabinets and used bespoke crystal doorknobs, a luxurious update that was also cost effective,” says Koegelenberg.

In the bathroom, make sure the grouting is all clean and in good repair. Tiles don’t always need to be replaced, but a good tile paint can be a huge improvement, he says. And think about swapping your old taps for a contemporary mixer to give the bathroom a new look.

Being clever with lighting can make your home look a lot larger. Koegelenberg suggests creating additional light by hanging a large mirror directly opposite the biggest window in the room, which will instantly help brighten up the space.

Another cost-effective option is to use curtains in lighter colours that will allow sunshine to spread throughout the room. And a floor lamp is a great option to get upward light in dark corners the natural light can’t reach.

At Romney Park Luxury Apartments, glass sliding doors and large windows allow for ample natural light to enter, and a mixture of sheer and neutral-coloured curtains were used to create a bright room even on winter days.

Energy consumption is a growing concern in South Africa, so making your home more energy efficient will go a long way to adding value. Ensure that all light bulbs are LED and put timers on any outside lights so they are only on when needed.

In an average household, the geyser accounts for 40 to 60% of the monthly electricity bill. If a solar geyser isn’t an option, invest in a geyser blanket to clad the water cylinder and hot water pipes. And install a timer to ensure the geyser is only switched on when hot water is needed.

Water usage is also something we need to watch. Ensure all taps are leak free and install water-efficient showerheads.

“First impressions count, and if your walls aren’t looking great, it can give the impression that the house is shabby in other places too,” says Koegelenberg. Make sure there are no chips, mould or bubbling from damp.

The same goes for the floors. Replace any chipped tiles, and ensure carpets are clean and in good condition. Wood laminate is a cost-effective option for areas of floor that need attention.

Use a few statement colours to make your home look luxurious.

“I created a luxurious feel at Romney Park Luxury Apartments by using interesting wallpapers that gave the rooms a distinctive look and a touch of style,” says Koegelenberg.

One wall painted a statement colour such as deep red or a beautiful chandelier taking centre stage can make a room look elegant without costing a fortune.