When it comes to selling a house, everyone wants to get the most money possible. After all, no one would want to sell the place we’ve spent lots of time in for too low a price.
Estate agents recommend house renovations and remodelling to attract more buyers and to get the most out of the sale. So, money spent on increasing the aesthetic of a house is not luxury, rather a necessity.
If you are about to sell your house, then you’re in the right place. We’re going to talk you through quick ways to add value to your home before selling, to help improve your house’s value, allowing you to get more out of the sale.
Want to find out more? Let’s get into our tips to increase the value of your home, which have been expert approved!
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1. Enhance your curb appeal
A buyer’s first impression of your house will be their lasting impression. It takes 7 seconds to make a first impression, meaning a buyer will instantly decide if they’re interested in buying your property almost as soon as they’ve parked their car.
The way you keep your house’s exterior plays a decisive role in increasing your property’s value and attracting buyers in the first place. Here are some quick ways to add value to your home, by enhancing its curb appeal:
- Trim any bushes and shrubs
- Get rid of any moss or plants growing on walls
- Moving the lawn can give a sleek and tidy look
- Pressure washing walls and roofs help get rid of years of accumulated dirt and dust that will damage your homes curb appeal
- Give your walls a fresh lick of paint
- Power wash or replace the outdoor (and indoor) flooring to give a clean look
2. Fix what’s broken
The next of our quick ways to add value to your home is to fix what is broken! Every owner knows the faults and flaws of their property, so make sure you get them fixed.
If you have an old house, you might want to get in reputable workmen, such as electricians and heating engineers, to check your system is working and to prevent any problems in the future.
Systems like HVAC units, water heating units, kitchen appliances and electrics are the major ones that need to function properly before making a sale. Without these correctly functioning, you could lose a lot of money renegotiating on the price at the end of the sale, or even lose the sale altogether.
3. Bathrooms cannot be ignored
Bathrooms are one of the most important rooms in a house. A leaking, stained, stinky bathroom will repel buyers and the Buyer’s Estate Agent. As a result of this it’s important to hire bathroom remodelling services to get rid of leaking plumbing fixtures, stained walls, and warped floorings.
Water leakage can lead to the growth of moulds that are major contributors to the musty smell in bathrooms. Hiring mould remediation services will help get rid of any fungal colonies and prevent their future growth.
Here are some more quick ways to add value to your home through improving the bathroom:
- Install smaller plumbing fixtures to increase space
- Install cabinets to increase storage area
- Make sure your bathroom is well-ventilated
- Choose bathroom tiles which are both attractive and long-lasting
4. Invest in energy-efficient improvements
Energy-efficient homes are a necessity with the current threat of global warming. Our responsibility towards our environment must come first.
It is of absolute necessity that every owner makes sure their appliances are energy-efficient, for example, the warm air doesn’t escape to the outside during winters, meaning you’re not overusing your heating and boiler.
More quick ways to add value to your home through improving its energy-efficiency are:
- Replace older appliances. Older appliances consume more energy, meaning they aren’t only harmful to the environment and heavy on the pocket but can also cause house fires
- People prefer buying homes with proper insulation to prevent heat loss, so ensure your insulation is correctly laid
- Doors and windows with proper seals also help in keeping the heat inside or outside
5. Make sure your lighting is right
Good lighting is useful for more than just taking good pictures. Good lighting also sets the tone for buyers, helping them to see your house in a better ‘light’.
How to add value to your home through improving your lighting:
- Replacing older wall lamps with new ones can help increase the aesthetic and the value of your home, as it makes it appear more up to date
- Install LED bulbs and larger dual-pane windows for good lighting. Using the right kind of LED bulbs will make a huge difference without putting a hole in your pocket
- In addition, no one can deny the role natural light can play in adding value to a home. The sun coming through a window and hitting your furniture and belongings helps to brighten up the room and create a better ‘vibe’, meaning installing large windows will be beneficial
- Also, installing large windows gives you the opportunity to have them open and have fresh air circulating throughout your house
- Make sure your windows installed are soundproof, to make sure your buyers aren’t put off by noisy neighbours
6. Remodel your kitchen
A well-constructed kitchen is what every buyer wants, with a lot of buyers willing to pay a high price for a house that has a well built and modelled kitchen. In fact, it is one of the first things people notice when searching for homes for sale.
Some quick ways to add value to your home through improving your kitchen are:
- Replace the cabinets, if they are old and warped
- Get rid of the old, stained, and water leaking taps
- Replace the discoloured tiles on walls and floors
- Install countertops that match the colour of the tiles and cabinets, to give your kitchen a uniform look
7. Add extra rooms
One of the tricks experts swear by is to increase the area of the property you are selling. The greater the number of rooms or areas, the higher the value of your home will be. For instance, add an extra bathroom in one of the bedrooms, or build a larger kitchen.
Other ways to improve property value include:
- Building an annexe or extension manifolds the value of a home. A separate apartment-like unit is usually built for an elderly family member or rental purposes but will increase the overall area of your property and therefore the value
- Build a garage if you don’t have one. Adding a storeroom beside the garage can also helpful
8. Make your home functional
A house will be the best home as long as it’s functional for all ages, making it suitable for families. For instance, if you have a bathroom on the second floor, you might give a thought of installing a new one on the first floor.
Buyer’s Estate Agents will prefer functional homes for their elderly clients and those with kids. So, if you have a home that has an unprotected staircase, or low shelves which are an obstacle, you need to make sure you solve these issues to help increase the value of your home.
Also, make sure everything is up to date. People prefer state-of-the-art designs and décor, with good colour combinations and clean interior design. Add in functional features such as a Greenline shade sail to act as a focal point for potential buyers.
Finally, two quick ways to add value to your home is to make sure you declutter and deep clean as these are the easiest ways to convince buyers to pay the asking price.
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