So the housing market is a bit stagnant right now, no-one really feels like buying. Well, it depends if you’re selling what they want. Any home can be sold for the right price so they say, but there are some quick ways and some not so quick ways to get your home sold for the right price by adding value to your home. It will be so good you might decide to stay after all! I’ve split these tips up into low cost easier ways and then the bigger changes that will boost the value sky high. Whether you sell or not, that’s up to you.
Easy, low budget ways to add value to your home
- Paint the walls white. White is in, white is Instagram, white makes the place look spacious. Magno.. no, white.
- De-clutter, move practically everything you own into storage (not your garage) and give the illusion of space. You don’t own things.
- Get rid of the weeds in your gardens
- Mow the lawn
- Have a deep clean everywhere, inside and out. Hire a window cleaner if you can’t reach it yourself.
- Install bright and energy efficient lights
- Fix any niggling DIY jobs and maintenance
- Add extra sockets if yours are lacking, buyers love an electrical outlet.
Bigger fixes to add value to your home
- Update your flooring. If buyers think they have to replace the flooring once they move in they will be mentally removing the cost from the asking price, plus hassle fee. A good clean floor throughout will attract buyers and add value. Go for something universal like oak – solid oak flooring in London is easy to come by if you know where to look.
- Add a skylight to add light and a feeling of space, especially in a dark room.
- Do the driveway – if your old tarmac or gravel is looking worse for wear, or if you have no parking but a front garden, get the planning permission sorted at least and if you can, get the driveway done, off road parking can be priceless.
- Go for a loft extension to add a bedroom and bathroom, which will definitely add big value.
- Extend to the side or rear of the property with a conservatory or brick build extension.
- Re-fit the kitchen or update the units and appliances.
- Renovate the bathroom
- Turn the en-suite into a wet room or walk in shower
- Push the boat out and get the best engineered oak flooring throughout your downstairs reception rooms.
So there are 17 ways to add value to your home. There are several more to add so if you would like a follow up post, let me know! Have you tried any of these fixes? Is your house on the market struggling to sell for the price you want? Feel free to comment.
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