We are often asked the question – how people can add value to their home?
And off course there are plenty of ways. Some quite costly and time consuming and others which can add value quickly for a relatively modest outlay, which I am going to look at in this blog post.
Most of us know that building an extension to increase accommodation or installing new kitchens and bathrooms adds significant value. But they fall it into the costly and time-consuming category.
However, here are five quick and relatively easy ways to add value to your home which will not cost you thousands of pounds or lots of time.
1) As anybody who reads my blogs regularly will know, I have a thing about front doors! Invest in a nice, shiny new door. It is so important for creating a favourable first impression on potential buyers. If your budget doesn’t extend to a new door, how about sanding the existing door down, repainting it and putting on some new numbers? I cannot emphasise just how important might be.
2) If your home has potential for an extension (side or rear) or a loft conversion maybe consider getting planning permission in place even if you have no intention to get the work done. If you came to sell the property within the time frame that the consent runs up to, you’d add value to your home because you’d be selling that planning permission on. If it saves a prospective purchaser the time and hassle of applying themselves, it is a really good selling feature.
3) Get green fingered – If you have a garden spend some time (or money) on getting it into its best shape. Mow the lawn, do the weeding, particularly if it is a crazy paved pathway. There is nothing more off putting than a garden that looks like tumbleweed town! Maybe create a space which people will look at and imagine themselves relaxing with a good book or enjoying Al Fresco dining on a summer’s evening. Even if you have a yard, why not put out a table and chairs, hang some baskets and put out some colourful or evergreen planters, for a modest outlay you can transform the look and saleability of your property.
4) Fix it. Little things that you haven’t got around to fixing will reduce the value of your home and aesthetic appeal. Fixing them adds value to your home. So, if the doorbell doesn’t work – fix it. Replace light bulbs that don’t work, replace cracked or loose plug sockets, touch up the paintwork and re grout the bath if the grouting is looking grubby. A kitchen cupboard handle is wonky – straighten and tighten it, if there’s a broken paving slab along the front garden path, guess what? Yep, replace it. You want to create an impression that this is a property a buyer could move in and enjoy with the minimum of effort and fuss and not one that is going to require work and could be a potential money pit!
5) Declutter, declutter, declutter – it’s a much-repeated property mantra but it is the cheapest and one of the most effective ways to add value to your home. People want as much space as possible for their money, so show your home clutter free and spacious. Be brutal, if it isn’t needed at the time you are ready to market your property – find another home for it, ask relatives to store it for you whilst you sell, stick it in the loft, get a storage unit or throw sentiment out the window and take it to the tip!
Before taking the plunge, stand back and take a look at your property with a critical eye, put yourself in the shoes of a would-be buyer. If you don’t like something or think it could be improved, imagine what a prospective buyer might think!
Thanks for reading. See you next time.
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