Steps to Improve the Value of Your House

Giving your home a facelift is labour intensive, but a small amount of money can make a huge difference to the value of your beloved home sweet home.

Just Paint!

If you’re the kind of person who can easily visualise what a house could look like; then it’s hard to imagine why people can’t see through your bright pink bathroom walls or huge living room display of Chia Pets, but lots of people can’t.

To improve the value of your house quickly get rid of as much clutter as you can without leaving things looking bare. Decorate with neutral colours and add warmth with bright soft furnishings. Depersonalise your space by keeping family photos to a minimum and if you’ve got children or teens, give them a large box, let them choose the things they need and pack the rest away.

Invest to Divest

If, for instance, selling your home quickly is a primary objective, then it might be worth considering carrying out a larger and more expensive job. For example many period homes have over the years had their original windows replaced with UPVC alternatives.

Changing back to wooden windows is a great way to increase the curb appeal of potential buyers who want every aspect of their dream character home to be perfect.

Some people will be put off buying your home if it needs jobs like reroofing, damp coursing or even gutter cleaning carried out, even if the price reflects the work that needs doing. If you want to sell quickly then investing the extra money and getting the job done will put you in a better position.

If your priority is gaining the maximum return rather than the quickest sale, then extending your home could help increase its value and get a more satisfactory sale price. Adding some extra space to your home is often the best way to add value and will give your home a wider appeal.

A newly fitted kitchen or bathroom is a huge draw for potential buyers and will give them more leeway to make a low offer. If yours are looking a little tired then consider a refit. If you want to freshen up your rooms on a budget keep your old bathroom suite and retile or repaint. In the kitchen, if your cupboards are sound then just change the doors for something more contemporary.