In the first half of this post, we looked at big (and costly) changes to add value to your home. But it may be that you just don’t have the bandwidth, or the spare cash, to take on jobs like these.
Don’t fear; we’d never leave you high and dry. This time we’re looking at smaller, but still powerful, changes you can make to improve your home’s sale value.
Fit New Carpets
You spend so much time in your house that you may not notice when things are starting to look old and tired. Look down and think about what you see. If the answer is that you see a patchy, discoloured carpet…well, you get the picture.
Depending on whether you opt for plush underlay, how fancy the carpet is, the style of carpet etc. – a nice berber covers a multitude of sins – the price could range from a few hundred to a few thousand.
Give It A Lick Of Paint
One of the reasons so many people prefer to buy new-build homes is that they see them as a blank canvas on which they can put their own stamp. The older a house, the more that feeling goes away.
For example, a couple looking for a house with a home office may be put off by the work it will take to convert a room that was previously occupied by a child. That said, I once spent a year working freelance out of a room with glow in the dark pink stars all over the ceiling.
Anything you can do to reduce the amount of work that new occupants need to do to recapture the blank slate is a good thing, and a coat of paint in neutral colours will go a long way.
Enhance The Garden
A few extra flagstones (good luck finding some that EXACTLY match the ones you already have) or some decking here, a bit of sanding and creosote there and you’re on your way to a garden that will impress.
If you’re handy, the only cost might be that of a trip to your local B&Q. Oh, and be sure to hide any gnomes with their derrieres on display when potential buyers come round to view the place, eh?
I know that this might sound strange because, unless we’re talking about fancy integrated fridges, dishwashers etc., they won’t be staying behind for the new owners to enjoy. But bear with me on this one.
When potential buyers come to view a property, they make a lot of decisions based on what’s already in the house. Like the time I almost bought a house because it had a den with a pool table and a pinball machine.
Shiny, modern appliances make the whole house feel more upmarket and might help to sway buyers who are on the fence.
This one is a little bit of a cheat. Although soft lighting from table lamps and freestanding lights won’t add value to your house per se, it’s a good thing for a couple for different reasons:
- It looks better than the harsh light than that of a camera flash in the pictures you take for estate agent websites, RightMove, Zoopla etc.
- It will disguise any minor flaws, such as marks on the wall or small cracks, during viewings that bright overhead lights might expose
Nine times out of ten people searching for articles on how to add value to your home are doing so because they’re thinking about selling, so I feel ok about including this tip here. If you’re looking for help on how to make your home appealing when conducting viewings, we may have more on that soon…
There are countless different ways to add value to your home and, over the past couple of posts, we’ve tried to show you how you can do it even if you’re on a shoestring budget.
If you’re looking to move, the danger of improving your home to add value is that you might do such a good job that you find yourself wanting to stay. Then again, maybe that’s not such a bad thing.