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Three simple decisions to improve home value

Increasing the value of your property doesn’t mean overhauling your home. There's plenty of truth to the old adage that 'the devil is in the detail'. Here are a trio of seemingly simple decisions, each of which have the potential to improve home value.

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- Three simple decisions to improve home value

Traditional or modern?

Among the many decorative decisions you'll make when living in a property, there is one that is highly divisive: should you preserve the traditional or embrace the modern? For those living in a property, it's nothing more than a matter of opinion. For those preparing a home for the market, it can make a very concrete difference.

If you live in a period property brimming with original features, remember that you can only make the decision once; after the original floorboards have been replaced and the windows rebuilt, you can’t restore them. On the other hand, installing certain features may make the house more comfortable and easier to maintain.  

For investors whose sole interest is the saleability of a property, period homes are often best left untouched, or at the very least lovingly restored. If a buyer wants to modernise, that's entirely their decision. In short, modernisation may not improve home value on a period property.

Verdant or minimalist?

As with internal modernisation, the decision of what to do with the garden is immaterial when you're living in a property. Whether you prefer to keep things minimal and sleek, or go for a fully landscaped English garden is entirely down to personal preference. For example a beautiful garden setting, can actually have a considerable impact on its value

Shower or bath? 

People often look to the bathroom as an opportunity to improve home value. While a quality suite and designer finishes can make a property more appealing, not all changes are guaranteed to push up the price. Anyone enlisting the help of an agent to value their house is bound to be asked whether they have a bath.

Removing the bath from your only bathroom could put off buyers, thus harming your valuation. But if you live in a large property with numerous bathrooms, swapping out a bathtub for a shower isn't going to be a problem.

If you're looking for someone to value your house, speak with our experienced marketing experts at Engel & Völkers for a free and non-binding valuation. Our procedure has its basis in decades of experience and a deep knowledge of local, national and international housing markets.

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Privileged living in Hamburg: premium properties on the Elbe

In addition to Berlin and Munich, the Hansestadt Hamburg is one of the top three cities in Germany with the highest sales volume of real estate transactions. In 2015, this figure was almost 2.5 billion euros, which corresponds to a growth of 22% compared to the previous year. According to current forecasts, the high market activity continues in the future - a trend that Hamburg owes to its unique districts, the first-class selection of high-quality properties and the unique feeling of living directly on the Elbe. Your real estate agent Engel & Völkers Hamburg Elbe is your contact when it comes to marketing or buying real estate in the premium segment: We offer villas, houses and exclusive apartments as well as apartments in the Elbe suburbs , in the central districts of Altstadt, Neustadt And HafenCity as well as in Wedel.


Its diversity makes Hamburg unique

With its strongly developed cultural and spatial characteristics, the districts of Hamburg often differ considerably, although they are in close proximity to each other. Thus, the districts along the Elbchaussee represent the upper class of the Hamburg real estate offer - for example Blankenese with its magnificent villas, while the advantages of the western Rissen in its naturalness and Hamburg offer above average spaces. The city districts of the center of Hamburg also have a different aspect: while the main focus of Alt- und Neustadt lies on the historical sights, shopping and a respectable range of old apartments, you will find modern architecture in symbiosis with traditional real-estate - an example of such is the Elbphilharmonie. The feeling of being surprised by each district over and over, and the solid north German lifestyle make Hamburg so special as a place of residence and real estate location.


Strong international market for real estate in Hamburg

In the meantime, the Hamburg real estate landscape has enjoyed a high reputation among investors and interested parties in an outstanding residential culture. As a business location, which has been strongly shaped in the past mainly by the domestic and overseas trade, Hamburg offers both first-class jobs, such as Deutsche Lufthansa AG or Beiersdorf AG, as well as a fascinatingly traditional cityscape with houses in which the Centuries-old influences of the Hanseatic League are recognizable. Hamburg's attractiveness extends beyond Germany's borders. This is where our real estate broker Engel & Völkers Hamburg Elbe is active: Through our global network of partnerships, you will have access to a large group of potential buyers of your property as well as the opportunity to work exclusively with some real estate owners in Hamburg I- which may not currently be located in Germany.


Excellent infrastructure increases Hamburg's quality of life

The popularity of Hamburg as a real estate location is decisively supported by its modern infrastructure. The Hansestadt has a very well-developed street network, which harmonizes perfectly with the public transport with its S-Bahn, bus and subway. Large shopping centers, such as the Elbe shopping center in Osdorf or the old town, leave nothing to be desired when shopping for your daily necessities or relaxing leisure shopping near your property. The Hamburg Airport, frequented by more than 16 million passengers in 2016, is a suitable starting point for flights all over the world for those traveling on a business or leisure trip. The health, education and leisure sector is also well-known in the city as a major part of the city, among which institutions such as the Asklepios clinics, the University of Hamburg and the park "Planten und Blomen" can be mentioned.


Engel & Völkers Hamburg Elbe - your trustworthy real estate partner

Whether it's buying or selling your property in Hamburg - Engel & Völkers Hamburg Elbe offers you all-round competent service and unique options for the processing of your transaction. For more than 35 years, Engel & Völkers Hamburg Elbe has been providing valuable experience in the local real estate market, professional marketing methods, its worldwide network of partners and competent expertise in the real estate sector under one roof.


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Would you like to sell your Hamburg property at a reasonable price or get only an up-to-date idea of the value of your property, villa or condominium? Your real estate agent Engel & Völkers Hamburg Elbe offers you a free evaluation of your object - no strings attached. If you are still interested in further information, please click here to  find more properties, that we are already marketing to our clients. This way, you get a first impression of our presentation strategy, that combines progressive and innovative methods including video, air shots, 3d views and more.