If you’re planning to put your house on the market you may not be keen to spend too much money on it beforehand, but a few simple home improvements can significantly increase the value of your property and make it much more attractive to prospective buyers.
If you’re looking to quickly add value to your home, carrying out repairs and cosmetic enhancements will nearly always give a return on your investment and we’re giving you our top tips for repairs and improvements that will quickly increase the value of your property!
Concentrate on Cosmetics
Often buyers want a property they can move straight into and to give them this it’s worth creating a blank canvas.
Consider painting walls a neutral colour and tidying up any superficial defects such as wall paper tears, nail holes and carpet stains.
Cosmetics are relatively inexpensive to rectify, costing your time more than anything, but can really help create the right first impression for your prospective buyers.
If buyers think that the roof is going to need some attention in the future this could seriously affect the value of your house.
An easy option is to ensure all the gutters are clear of debris and broken tiles are replaced.
You might be handy enough yourself to carrying out roofing repairs on your own, but it is always advisable to hire scaffolding to safely get access to the roof to do this. Whilst scaffolding will add to the cost of the work – you can’t put a price on safety and you can rest assured the job will be much easier to do properly.
However, if your roof needs some more significant repairs you’ll likely need to get a professional in to do the work, but you could see up to 63% return on your investment for this type of improvement.
Spruce up the exterior
First impressions count so if the exterior of your property is looking a little shabby then rectifying this should be one of your first priorities before you put your house on the market.
Consider having the exterior walls cleaned if you have bricks, or refresh the paint work if your property is painted. Buyers will be much more attracted to neutral and fresh colours, so if your property is painted a bold colour, it may be worth toning it down for sale.
A relatively cheap way to make the outside of your property look more inviting is to simply replace the front door – not only will this make your house look nicer but a new, good quality door will improve security.
At the very least you should consider tidying up garden areas if they’re not quite up to scratch – this low-cost improvement could be what makes your property fly off the market. For some ideas, check out these top ideas on Pinterest.
Kitchen and Bathroom Makeover
Second to the exterior of a property, the standard of your kitchen or bathroom could be the make or break of your property sale.
Often considered the most important rooms in the house – people will want to see clean and functional kitchens and bathrooms so if you can afford to replace them it’s well worth the investment.
A new bathroom can increase the value of your home by up to 3% but if this is an extravagance you simply can’t fork out for, consider replacing the taps, bath panel and flooring to give the room a clean and fresh feel for prospective buyers.
A new kitchen can add around 4.5% to a house value but again – there are plenty of simpler and cheaper options to improve your kitchen and consequently the market value of your home. Updating cupboards with modern and clean replacement doors, replacing flooring and giving built-in appliances a thorough clean will go a long way to transforming an otherwise dated kitchen.
Install Double Glazing
There’s no cheap way to install double glazing but it is generally agreed that up-to-date glazing can make your property far more sellable.
Adding almost 10% to the value of your house, you will be able to offer a property that is far more energy efficient and comfortable than one with single glazed, old windows.
Do bear in mind however, that buyers will not want to see UPVC windows on a period property, with plastic windows even being prohibited in conservation areas.
Do your research and invest some time getting the right windows for your house – and you will reap the rewards when it comes to selling.
Your home will nearly always be your biggest investment and asset so getting the most out of it is important! We’ve guided you through the key repairs that will add value to your home and wish you every success on the way up the property ladder!