Turning to tiles to increase the value of your home is a great investment. If you’re a property developer wanting to find a prospective tenant or buyer, a homeowner looking to sell up or wanting to keep adding value to their home, the addition tiles rather than flimsy wallpaper, vinyl floor coverings or a plain painted wall, can have an astounding effect on the value placed on your home.
Think about it. When someone has taken the time to come and view your home, they’re not going to want to see faded, ripped, scratched and stained interiors – it’s not appealing and does not present your home in a favourable light. Many buyers want a home they can move straight into, they don’t want to be doing major DIY work before they can even move in! However, a beautifully tiled bathroom, kitchen or hallway will instantly display the time and effort you have put into your home and more importantly strengthens the resale value.
You need to create a welcoming presence to make your house feel like a home and look inviting. Try tiling your porch, hallway floor or walls, you don’t have to tile the whole wall from top to bottom, choose a feature wall or alternatively tile up to a dado rail. You don’t even have to start big, choose small area of your home such as your utility room, a downstairs toilet or cloakroom. If you have a period home use Victorian tiles to enhance the properties traditional style.
Your bathroom. The ultimate space people go to seek a little ‘me time’. A tranquil retreat to relax within, a calm setting that allows you to clear your mind at the end of a long day. So when you’re looking to add value, a beautifully styled and tiled bathroom makes the world of difference! When choosing bathroom tiles natural stone or stone effect tiles are very aesthetically appealing materials to take into consideration. Styles such as Travertine, Marble or Granite are popular options as they add a sense of worth, a sense of value and are always in style. More so, anti-slip tiles are a must for areas of your home that are prone to getting wet or damp and informing prospective buyers will make a lasting impression when considering your home.
The Kitchen is the heart of your home. So, when it comes to re decorating, it’s worth choosing quality materials in a space where we spend the most time in. Buyers especially will be looking at your kitchen space very closely, therefore quality materials are vital! Take flooring, the higher the quality of the product the better the return on investment. Try upgrading your floor tiles and install a beautiful statement floor feature, or use large floors tiles to maximise style and minimising grout!
Again start on a smaller projects, choose some stylish and timeless styles such as mosaics or metro tiles and create an eye-catching splash back above your worktops. Other little tip, tiles don’t always have to be applied horizontally, try tiling techniques such as Herringbone, Horizontal Block or Vertical block to help your walls stand out!
So if you’re still unsure as to whether tiles are right for your home, here are some of Walls and Floors reasons as to why tiles should be top of your list!
Ceramic or Porcelain tiles are much more durable than other materials used to cover walls and floors. They last a lifetime!
Tiles are fire resistant (especially ceramics). They don’t burn or give off any chemical fumes.
Tiles are an excellent choice for use in areas of your home which are prone to getting wet or prone to a lot of moisture such as your bathroom of course! Water and moisture resistant floor tiles are especially hard-working, that’s why they work really well in heavy footed areas such as shopping centres and commercial properties. They also will not warp or break under extreme temperature conditions or when exposed to toxic chemicals.
Slip resistant tiles are perfect for your bathroom or wet areas. Ceramic tiles can be treated to be anti-slip and are readily available.
You can find a lot of ceramic and porcelain tiles are frost-resistant, perfect for external use.
When exposed to direct sunlight ceramic tiles will always keep their colour. So whatever style you choose – you can rest assure they will never fade!
Ceramic tiles are perfect for keeping the important areas in your home hygienic. Hoover, sweep or mop regularly with water – easy maintenance!
So forget vinyl, ditch the wallpaper and turn to tiles! They last a lifetime! Make your house look presentable and inject a little bit of that well needed kerb appeal to attract those buyers! And talking of Kerb appeal, try re-paving your front path or garden patio, wash your windows, mow your lawn and do a bit of landscaping, it all helps!
Article by Susie Holland.
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