The best ways to boost the value of your home

When it comes to selling our homes, none of us want to be short changed. With a potential market slump on the horizon, if you are planning to sell your property you will want to do everything you can to increase its value.

From extensions and loft conversions to easy projects to tidy up your tatty exteriors, there are endless ways to improve your property’s value and chances of selling fast.

Tidy up and clear out

Prospective buyers want to buy their dream property, unfortunately that probably does not include your family photos and day-to-day clutter. A messy front garden, tired looking door and too many personal items can turn buyers off. Luckily, there are several quick fixes to get your property looking tip top.

Consider painting tired doors and frames. Mow the lawn and prune and bushes and hedges so they are neat and tidy. Get a head start on your packing and clear away your personal items. You want to create a blank canvas that buyers can imagine as their own home.

It’s also important to consider scent in your home. If you have pets, invest in a diffuser or plug-in air freshener that neutralizes animal odors to broaden your pool of buyers.

New kitchen or bathroom

Obviously, a new bathroom or kitchen is a big expense for a house you are intending to sell. However, if your kitchen is a little well-loved or your bathroom’s horribly dated, installing a new one could significantly increase the value of your home.

Moving can be an expensive experience as it is, so before considering a kitchen or bathroom upgrade it is important to assess your budget and financial options. If your kitchen is in good condition, cut costs by upgrading your cabinet doors and draw fronts.

Water pressure is a big selling point for buyers. If you can, think about installing a water-pressure booster for your shower and a smart shower system to entice prospective buyers to make an offer.

Extensions and en-suites

Extensions and en-suites can be some of the most expensive and time-consuming of home projects, but they can considerably increase the purchase price and interest in your property.

Additional bedrooms, garden rooms, utility room and bathrooms are especially attractive to buyers. You might need planning permission for big projects, so make sure you plan your extensions in advance and find a suitable and experienced contractor to do the work.

For smaller internal projects you will not need permission. Assess your current space and floorplans to find areas to add additional value to your home.

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