Easter is always a popular time for making home improvements, whether you are putting your property on the market or maintaining it to sell in the future, and making small improvements can increase the value of a property significantly.
1. Update your services
If the electricity or plumbing needs updating, do it. Rewiring can seem scary to buyers – they don’t want the expense or hassle so doing this for them can increase the value of your property significantly. Whilst doing so, fitting your property with energy efficient appliances can add value to your home by promising to reduce costs of bills.
2. Double glaze the windows
From cutting out the sound of traffic on noisy roads, to keeping the house warm and cosy on winter nights, the correct insulation will add value to your home.
3. Modify existing space
Rather than looking at an extension, consider how you can improve the use of the existing space. Maximum value will be added by improving public space, such as the kitchen, dining and living areas. Open-plan living is becoming increasingly popular especially for properties appealing to families, so consider knocking down walls to create a large sociable space such as a dining kitchen. Another area that can add value to your property is the loft – a loft conversion often allows you to add an extra bedroom and en-suite, making it very cost effective.
4. Update the kitchen
A kitchen is often the first thing a buyer looks at. By providing a ready-made, attractive space, buyers may be willing to pay more to save themselves the hassle of arranging a new kitchen. Research by HSBC found that a new kitchen may add at least £5,000 to a property’s price. Although if you don’t need to then don’t rush in to it – instead consider giving your kitchen a quick makeover. Attractive lighting, improvements to kitchen storage, freshly painted cabinets and modern door handles can change the look of a kitchen.
5. Give your garden a makeover
The front garden is the first thing that a potential buyer will see. Cut the grass and any overgrown shrubs, remove weeds, and consider adding a pot of plants or flowers at the entrance. It is not just the garden, it is important to ensure the whole exterior of your property looks presentable – dirty windows, chipped paint or roughcasting and broken roof tiles can all leave a bad overview.
6. Get rid of busy wallpaper and dirty carpets
Keep your property as neutral as possible so that it will appeal to all types of people and allow potential buyers to put their own stamp on the property. Avoid busy wallpapers and patterns and get your carpet freshly cleaned to remove odours and stains.
7. Let there be light
There are simple ways of creating light through the use of neutral colours and mirrors. Hanging mirrors opposite windows tricks the eye into thinking there is another window there and maximises the impact of natural lighting. Adding a mirror along a full wall of a small bathroom can create the illusion of space.