EASY Home Improvements To Add Value To Your Property
The most common question we get asked when someone is thinking about selling his or her home is “how much is my property worth?”. This, after all, is an important question when looking to move on or to have a change!
A property value has many deciding factors within it, including location, size and state of repair. It is always worth having a trusted local estate agent round to view and value the property properly as they will have location and industry knowledge that will help when you are thinking about any improvements that you want to make to add value to the property. It will also depend on the property location as to whether larger improvements are actually worthwhile in terms of spending out, or whether smaller and less costly improvements are more cost effective in the long run.
Here are a few suggestions of some easy home improvements you could do to add value to your property and boost its selling power!
Fix superficial defects
There are also defects that don’t necessarily need doing in order for you to sell the property but will be things that potential buyers may notice that will bring the value of the property down. Not everyone can see past superficial problems, therefore it is always worth trying to make the property look as appealing as possible in order to sell it.
- Patch cracks in walls and ceiling
- Repair leaking taps
- Repair broken window glass
- Change any outdated light fittings
- Replace worn out carpet
- Repaint dirty or marred walls in neutral colour paint
Make the property look appealing
Many people decide on whether they like a property before they even enter it and sometimes first impressions can be hard to get rid of. Therefore, there are a few things that you can do to make sure that a buyer’s first impression of your property is a good one!
- Paint or replace the front door
- Paint or replace window frames
- Replace an old garage door
- Repoint brickwork
- Repair the house number / sign outside
- Keep the front garden neat and tidy
In addition to the above, if you’re feeling a little more ambitious there are other specific areas that can be looked at and updated in order to add value to your property.
Spruce up the bathroom
A new bathroom or en-suite can add approximately 5% value onto your property according to Nationwide Building Society. Simply renewing a bathroom suite with new taps, shower screen and towel rails will give a sparkly new feel to the room. Try to ensure that the bathroom has a shower, as although not essential, is something that most prospective buyers will want.
Alternatively, if you have the means, you could invest in a whole new suite to replace the old one, if it will be worth the investment. A basic white bathroom suite will look effective and can be bought quite cheaply for under £300. There are many deals available at local DIY stores with lots of options to choose from, from budget to a more expensive range, depending on what outcome you are looking to achieve.
Makeover the kitchen
A kitchen is often a selling point for a purchaser and therefore you want to add as much value to this room as possible. Storage is something that is always thought about and the space needed i.e. worktops.
If the kitchen is already laid out well, providing there is enough storage then simply replacing cupboard frontage, kickboards, worktops and flooring may be enough. Making the kitchen look attractive is what you are trying to achieve and giving it an appeal to any new home owner.
Declutter living space
If you are selling a three-bedroom property and the third bedroom is floor to ceiling with clutter, a potential buyer may not realise the space that is actually available, thinking that it is smaller than the reality. This goes for any room within the house when thinking about how much furniture a person may be bringing with them and the way that a buyer is trying to imagine their own personal belongings within the property.
Spacious, neat and tidy living spaces give a much better and clearer impression and can allow a buyer to visualise themselves within the property without having to wonder ‘how far back does that room go?’.
Makeover the garden
As well as the property inside, a well-maintained and attractive garden can also be a great selling point for any potential buyer. Privacy is often a factor when considering the garden so adding the feeling of seclusion will add value.
Create areas within the garden that divide into functions, such as a patio with garden table / seating, a place for a BBQ, a lawn and perhaps a work area or shed facility. Portraying an extra amount of usable space will be attractive for buyers.
If you’re thinking about putting your house on the market and are thinking of ways to add value to your property prior to doing so, have a think about these points and if and how they can be incorporated into your property.
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