Do you want to increase the value of your home before selling? Why not look at our top ten improvement tips, which will not only add value but will also increase the speed with which you sell your property? These ideas will have an initial outlay but could prove to be a good investment, as they can save time and stress later in the sales process.
Create Curb appeal
First impressions of a house are made within the first few minutes of arrival so if you create a welcoming and attractive front garden it will certainly help the sales process.
Take time to mow laws, tidy edging and add pot plants if you don’t have a grass area. Add some solar lights, pebbles or decorations to the driveway for extra interest. If you have the funds, why not add an extra parking space by removing an old patch of old grass and replacing it with pebbles or brick paving. Adding an extra parking space to a property can really add value and appeals to modern families who often have more than one car.
Re-decorating and general maintenance
This is the most popular and easiest home improvement to spruce up your home. A lick of paint and some general maintenance can be done at a low cost and it is amazing the difference some fresh, modern colours can bring to a home. However, before you pick up the paintbrush make sure you fix any issues with defects around the house which if left will give the impression that the house is not looked after and run-down. Things to check include:
– Peeling paint
– Dirty walls, particularly around light switches and door frames
– Dripping taps
– Squeaky floors, doors or stairs
– Mouldy or discoloured sealant in kitchens and bathrooms
– Broken lightbulbs
– Limescale build-up on kitchen and bathroom fittings
– Check any issues with damp which will be picked up by house surveys
Makeover the kitchen
A new kitchen can often be a great way to add value to your home and doesn’t have to break the bank. You could put in a new worktop, cabinet doors or floor and costs around £4,000 on average. If you can’t afford a new kitchen, there are smaller ways to improve what you already have. For a relatively small budget, painting units or replacing door handles, updating accessories, a new blind, replacing the floor and painting the walls are a cheaper way of refreshing kitchens.
Updating or adding a bathroom
In the bathroom, re-grouting, eliminating all limescale and replacing taps are a good option. Bathrooms look more attractive when they look fresh and hygienic, so paint the walls a neutral shade, and ideally replace a shower curtain with a new one or a simple glass screen.
Replace doors and double-glazing
Noisy roads can impact the value of the house. Double-glazing will keep the house warm whilst keeping the noise out. If you already have double-glazing but some of the panes are misted over, all you need to do is replace the fogged-up glass, which is relatively inexpensive as opposed to replacing all the windows. A modern, secure new front-door can really help to create a good impression as a buyer approaches the property.
Open up rooms
Opening-up living space is becoming more popular as people move away from the traditional house layout of separate living spaces to one large open-plan space. This is increasingly common with the kitchen and dining room. Combining living spaces together can create a sociable family space, however it is always worth considering that some buyers still like separate areas for a private ‘adults’ space.
Be energy efficient
Smart home technologies are increasingly important to buyers and can stand you apart from other sellers. Smart technology such as Hive, which gives mobile control over heating systems, or installing solar panels are features worth considering. If it moves your EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) up a band, it could add thousands to the sale price.
Smarten up the garden
An attractive, tidy, well-designed garden can add a great deal of value to a home. Items on the checklist include trimming borders, clearing pathways from weeds and dirt, and cut back any overgrown trees and bushes.
The garden can feature as an additional living area, why not bring the inside out and create an entertaining space? An area of decking gives potential buyers a sense of having a larger useable living space.
Big projects could include a loft conversion, adding a conservatory, converting a garage or installing a whole new kitchen or bathroom. A survey by NAEA Propertymark shows that half of estate agents think that adding a bedroom – usually a loft conversion – adds the most value, while a third of agents thought a new kitchen was the best choice.
Whatever you choose to do, it is a good idea to speak to a local estate agent about the sort of features that make the most difference when selling homes in your area and what might appeal to the type of buyers who would be looking at your house.
Even if you can’t afford an extension or conversion, it might be worth obtaining planning permission to do so at a later date. You would have to spend money on drawing up the designs and getting permission from the local council, but it will save future buyers the expense and potentially adds value to the property.
If you need some inspiration from the experts, take a look a Phil and Kirstie’s advice in the great programme ‘Love it or List it!’ which helps homeowners to make changes to their properties with the aim of living in it or selling it and moving on.
Good luck and get decorating!