With property prices at record highs – and rising further still – many people are choosing to stay in their existing homes a little longer rather than risk jumping onto the overheated property market. Owners also appreciate that, when the time does come to sell you need to have done all you can to stand out from the crowd and get the most for your home.
Here’s 10 ways to do just that:
1. Transform the interior
If money is short but you still want to enhance the value of the home. Consider revamping the interior. Painting the walls, buying new carpeting, changing the furniture, revamping the bedroom and rearranging the layout will make your house look much more welcoming and more attractive.
If the bedrooms are cramped, look for more suitable furniture to make the most of the space. The Divan Beds Centre has a range of specially sized beds that are ideal for this purpose, including ones with neat storage ideas to make the most of your space. The better the interior looks, the better impression your home will give off.
2. Fix and upgrade
Every homeowner will have things around the home that need to be fixed or upgraded. Whether it’s a dripping shower or a leaking roof, fixing these things can really make a difference to how your home appears, and making sure everything is in good repair will make it more attractive to potential buyers.
3. Add an extension
Extra space will add extra value to your property. Somw bedroom extensions might not require planning permissions and loft/garage/basement extensions are also options. Making the most of your space can mean using your whole plot of land to its full potential.
4. Revamp the garden
Making the garden look more attractive is another good way of enhancing your property’s value. A garden that is kept well maintained adds up to 20% to value to your home.
5. Convert the loft/garage
If you don’t want to go for an extension, then a loft or garage conversion are other alternatives to consider. If your budget is limited, a garage conversion is the most affordable option.
6. Open plan
Many people are opting for open plan living these days. An open plan layout makes the house appear brighter and more spacious and it also gives it a contemporary touch that is sure to appeal to potential buyers.
New windows not only look good but they can also increase the value of your home. UPVC windows will aid energy efficiency, and they can also make the home more secure. In addition, new windows can make your property look lighter, and this will add to the appeal of it.
Property expert Phil Spencer suggests making some subtle changes to the front door such as changing the door handles or adding a new letterbox to make a home more appealing to potential buyers. This, after all, will be their all-important first impression.
9. Central heating
Although it would take some initial investment, getting central heating fitted in your home is known to increase the value of it; properties with central heating are worth over five per cent more.
10. Increase storage space
As most homeowners lack storage space, adding extra storage facilities will always be attractive to potential buyers. If you don’t want to invest in an extension, then adapting existing space such as a ceiling void is a viable way of making your property worth more.