When selling your home, it makes sense to breathe new life into your property first so that you've added extra value when the time comes to sell. It's a good idea to check with local estate agents to see which kind of home improvements will add value to your property so you're not wasting any time or money. But what can you do to ensure you can ask for a higher price and for potential buyers to be willing to pay for it? Here are several ideas for adding value to your home:
Fix up your kitchen
You don't have to fork out on a brand-new kitchen to add value to your home. Simply changing some worn down areas such as cabinets and worktops can make a lot of difference. It may end up costing you a few thousand pounds, but could boost the value of your home by over £15,000.
Paint the interior and exterior
You might have been planning to do this anyway since living there for several years already no doubt means that there are scuff marks on the skirting boards or "masterpieces" from your kids on the walls. As well as sprucing up the inside, it pays to give the outside a lick of paint too. The exterior is the first thing that future buyers will see so it's important to make a good first impression, especially when it has the potential to add several thousands onto your home. Don't forget the front door while you're improving the outside. As well as painting it, why not change the knob or handle and swap the letter box if it's looking worse for wear?
Convert your loft or cellar
This is obviously quite a big undertaking, but it depends how determined you are to add value. According to This Is Money, a loft conversion can add 10-15% value to the house. If you don't have a loft, but are blessed to have a cellar, why not convert it into living or storage space? Maybe turn it into a bedroom or a gaming room that potential buyers won't be able to resist. Our article on utilising the space in your home could come in handy here.
Add an ensuite bathroom
Who doesn't like rolling out of bed and having the toilet right there? Having your own private bathroom also means you can have it exactly how you want, and make everyone else use a second bathroom somewhere else in the house. The downside is that the construction could take a couple of weeks to complete, but maybe it's worth it if it adds around £10,000 to your home? If parts of the bathroom are looking dated, such as the cabinets, tiles or fittings, now's the time to swap them. GROHE has a great range of basin taps to inspire you.
Work on the back garden
A garden can easily be forgotten about if you're concentrating on doing up the house, but it can be a real money maker. Make sure the grass is neatly trimmed, unsightly weeds are removed and the fence is painted. If you want to go a step further, why not add lighting to ensure a cosy atmosphere when sipping a beer outside during the warm summer months? Hanging baskets also make a difference to your garden, making it more colourful and welcoming.