If you’re selling your property, you want to maximise its value as much as possible so that you can continue to move up the property ladder. Although there are several simple ways to boost your property value, buyers are searching for slightly different features in properties after the events of the last year. So it’s best to keep up with what exactly buyers are looking for.
Although we can’t guarantee how much value these ideas will add to your property, they will likely give your house a boost before valuation and win over your buyers.
Here are 10 of the simplest ways you can add value to your property:
People underestimate the power of decoration! That peeling paint and wallpaper in the front room? Get rid! Replace with quality neutral colours and styles, fix loose tiles, update your flooring, declutter — anything you can think of to accentuate the qualities of your home. If you have the funds, consider making over your kitchen and bathroom, too, always finishing with well-styled furniture and accessories. Try to create plenty of open space and creative storage.
- Check Doors and Windows
As the first security point for a potential buyer’s new home, doors and windows are a simple yet essential part of preparing your home for selling. Replace squeaky doors and windows, check door latches and replace any that catch, secure hinges and make sure they’re clean.
- Replace Old Sealants
Check all the sealants in your home (especially your bathroom and kitchen) for mould and peeling. Reseal any holes and replace any old and unattractive sealants for a cleaner and fresher look. A nice, clean and functional bathroom can add value to any property.
- Fix Dripping Taps
When viewing a potential new home, dripping taps could be off-putting. You can try to fix all of them, but consider replacing them if they need it and if your budget allows. Many people will check the water pressure when viewing houses, so ensuring your plumbing is in good working order is vital.
- Avoid Sewer Smells
Bad odours are among the top factors that can put someone off buying your home. This is another important but sometimes overlooked reason to invest in better plumbing. Make sure the piping outside your house isn’t blocked and is fully functional. You don’t want any smelly drains as people walk in and out of your home, especially now that in-person home-viewings are becoming more accessible as the world opens back up.
- Replace Broken or Damaged Windows
Nobody wants broken windows in their home, so ensure you get any cracks mended or replaced and all windows cleaned. Also, consider repainting window ledges for an extra fresh look.
- Replace Squeaky Floors and Stairs
It’s something people are going to pick up on when viewing your house, simple as that. You want your property to be presented in its best possible light, so this is a great way to do that.
- Fix Structural Issues
Fixing damage to walls, cracks in ceilings and plasterwork, before your valuation is important, as it is the basic structure of your house. Damage doesn’t sell, so try to mend or renovate any structural issues.
- Set Up a Home office
Since the first lockdown, home offices have become one of the most sought after features for house buyers. However, proceed with caution as a property’s value will be influenced by how many bedrooms it has. Try to get creative with where you place your home office. Could you build a garden office? Or maybe a garage/cellar conversion? Try to think outside the box.
- Give Your Garden a Makeover
With people more interested than ever in making their homes cosy and enjoyable places to be, stunning gardens are also high on people’s lists in the property market. Consider giving your garden a makeover and really taking care of it to add some value to your property.
Still Struggling to Sell Your Property?
Sometimes making these renovations can turn into a long and pricey process. If this doesn’t suit you, another option could be to sell your house quickly for a fair price and get into your new home as soon as possible. You could even use these tips to makeover your new home and increase its value for the future!
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