Do Plantation Shutters Add Value to Your Home?
Do plantation shutters have value when selling a house is a question often asked. When selling, it is important to maximise its potential, especially in a market where there are more sellers than buyers. Your house needs to have that something special which makes it stand out from others. If you already have plantation shutters, then you are two thirds of the way there and if you don’t, now would be a good time to install them.
There are different viewpoints among property developers as to whether to buy the cheapest shutters available. They think that these will give an immediate impact, however, buyers are not stupid and will be looking for strong shutters that will last a very long time. Quality counts and prospective purchasers will know straight away if they are of poor quality and badly fitted, so will immediately discount the asking price accordingly: meaning false economy on the seller’s part.
Why do shutters add value?
First of all, their incredible good looks must be taken into account – not only from the inside of the house, but also the outside. Kerb appeal is incredibly important and plantation shutters will make your house stand out from all the others. Estate agents will use your shutters as a selling feature and when they come to value your property, they will add an amount onto the sale price, as shutters are considered part of the fixtures and fittings. When a potential buyer walks into your rooms and sees the shutters, they will immediately focus on the elegance and flair that has been added to the house, regardless of its age.
I can’t afford expensive shutters, so what should I do?
Take a look at the S:CRAFT Antigua entry level window shutter selection. They are made from an extremely robust MDF, which has been coated with extruded polypropylene. This not only strengthens and protects the MDF, it also gives them a superb look, far superior to many other makes in the same price range. They are affordable, yet because they are still made-to-measure and fitted to perfection by S:CRAFT specialist suppliers and fitters, they look much more expensive than they actually are.
How much value will they add to my property?
This is a ‘how longs a piece of string’ question and will depend very much on the style chosen, but any window shutter is considered to be beneficial in increasing value. There are several different styles available, for all shapes and sizes of windows, including:
- Full Height Shutters – great for tall or large windows
- Tier on Tier Shutters- giving complete flexibility with a midsection rail
- Café Style Shutters – which fit the lower half of the window only
- Solid Panel Shutters – no louvres, just solid panels
- Track Shutters – including BI-Fold and By-Pass
It should be noted that good kitchens and bathrooms also help to sell houses. Plantation shutters, can make a tired kitchen or bathroom look amazing, with very little additional work. If you are planning on having shutters installed in humid rooms such as these, then the S:CRAFT Java range is perfect. They are made from ABS which is 100% waterproof, so even suitable for wet rooms and pool areas.
Should I choose stained or painted shutters?
Either will increase the value of your property and which you choose can quite simply come down to personal taste. However, do bear in mind that your taste might not be someone else’s. Avoid bright or very dark colours, as these may not appeal to everyone. Neutral shades or light stains are perfect, as they will go with any colour scheme. Because your shutters are providing the beauty, you will be able to de-clutter your rooms to complete a more refined look that will appeal to all.
What are the selling advantages of shutters?
Either you or your estate agent will be able to tell potential buyers that the shutters will help to reduce utility bills, by providing extra insulation between the interior of the room and the glass. They also give light and privacy control, as no other window treatment can do. Another excellent selling point is the reduction is household dust mites, which curtains provide great homes for. Plantation shutters are easy to keep clean; a quick wipe with a damp cloth or a run-over with the vacuum cleaner nozzle is all that is needed.
What décor will help to increase the value of my property?
Plantation shutters are the perfect choice when it comes to creating the ideal décor. Take a look at the current colour scheme in your rooms and make sure that the walls are of a neutral colour, with perhaps one feature papered wall. If your window shutters are white or a pale stain, then choose a complimentary wall colour that is light and impersonal. Add splashes of colour with soft furnishings, for example bright cushions or rugs. The overall look, set against the backdrop of those stunning window shutters, will be incredible.
So, if you are hoping to sell or add value to your property, then plantation shutters are definitely going to give you the edge. Just be sure to chat with your local S:CRAFT stockist about which will be the best and most financially viable for your type of property. Do shutters add value – yes they do