If you are thinking of selling your home, you might want to make a few improvements first. There are small ways to add value to your home, like trimming the grass and painting a few stained walls. However, loft conversions and kitchen renovations can help your home reach its maximum value and make the most out of the sale.
Follow these tips and tricks to add value to your home, so it’s ready to sell.
Small ways to add value
Tidy Up the Garden
Trim the borders of your lawn, remove weeds from the flower beds and cut any overgrown trees or bushes. A third of people would be put off a house if it had a messy garden, so get cleaning!
Remove all the rubbish from your pathways and try to streamline your garden landscape. You want your garden to be an extension of your home. It should be a place for entertaining, relaxing and hanging out with the family.
Give the House a Fresh Lick of Paint
Did you know decorating is the most popular home improvement in the UK? Identify any walls with signs of wear, like around light switches and door frames. Give them a fresh lick of paint, and they will look brand new in no time at all.
Holly Herbert, Head of Content at WeBuyAnyHouse, advises sellers to paint their home in a neutral colour palette to make it look more modern.
Try to fix the superficial defects in your home to give the impression of freshness. Try to fix any dripping taps, peeling paint, squeaky floorboards or limescale build-up.
Clear surfaces and good lighting can drastically improve the atmosphere in your home.
Go for a minimalist approach and remove the clutter from your home while keeping a few personal tokens.
Bigger Projects to Add More Value
Try adding an extension or conservatory. In 2019, 22% of homes sold had an extension added to increase the property’s space and value. However, extensions can be costly and, if you’re looking to move, you probably don’t want to spend vast amounts on your current property.
Consider applying for planning permission instead, so potential buyers can do the extension if they want to. While you would need to spend money on designs and surveys, it would be a lot less than building the whole extension.
Improve the Kitchen
The kitchen is at the heart of every home. In fact, 65% of homeowners renovate their kitchens before selling their home. Consider installing a bespoke fitted kitchen to add extra storage and style to your property.
Just remember, there’s no point renovating your kitchen if your home has already reached the street’s maximum value.
If you can’t afford a whole kitchen renovation, paint the cupboards and replace the door handles instead. Kitchens are often the most used room in the house and show signs of wear a little more quickly. Replace any damaged surfaces, doors and cupboards to make your old kitchen look new again!
Add Another Bedroom or Bathroom By Converting the Loft
A loft conversion is a brilliant way to add extra bedrooms and bathrooms, depending on its size. Add skylights, colourful wallpaper and cosy seating areas to make your loft into a social hub.
Just make sure your loft is damp and mould free. Over half of potential buyers are likely to be put off by signs of mould, damp and pest-infestation.