Add Value to Your Home With These 5 Simple Steps

12th March 2014 posted in Home Lifestyle

If you are thinking of selling your home soon, then you are going to want to get as much for it as possible and squeeze the pennies out. With the average house price rising rapidly over the last year, adding as much value to your home as possible before selling it is a great idea.

You don’t want to renovate the whole house, as that would defeat the point if the extra value gained didn’t balance out the extra costs, but there are a few different things you can do that will really help add that extra bit of value to your home:

New Bathroom

One room in the house that has a good affect on the value of a property at the moment is the bathroom. It doesn’t need to be a huge job and the main features such as the bath don’t need to be replaced.

Bring in some modern additions that will stand out, such as heated towel rails, a rain forest showerhead, new chrome taps and a glass screened shower door. These will all help, as a new bathroom will add 2.88% onto a property’s value.

Loft Conversion

The easiest way to add an extra bedroom onto your home is by converting the loft. As an internal job it is the least disruptive to your home and depending on how much you currently have stored in your loft, should be relatively easy to do.

The first thing to do is strengthen the floor joists, this can raise the floor though, so make sure you leave enough room to stand up in. Loft conversions aren’t cheap, but if you spend approximately £20,000 on it, you could increase the value of your property by approximately £40,000.

Revamp the Exterior

The first thing someone coming to view your house is going to see is the outside of your home. It is most likely that they will already know how much your house is on the market for, so they will start judging whether your house is worth that price from the minute they see it.

Ensure that the outside of your home is as neat and tidy as possible, paint your fences, cut the lawn and tidy up any flower beds. Having an impressive exterior can really make a powerful first impression on a potential buyer.


Decorating is quite an obvious one. If your house looks shabby inside, then the first thing prospective buyers are going to think about is how much it’s going to cost them to do the whole thing up from scratch.

Give your walls a new lick of paint and have your carpets deep cleaned, these are the first things that people will notice. Get any broken fixtures or fittings repaired and make sure your home is as tidy as possible. The more you do, the less they would have to do if they were to buy your house.

Create Space

The illusion of space is very important when people are looking to buy a new home. The last thing they want to see is a small cramped home with furniture crammed into every corner. At the moment, buyers are mainly interested in wide, open floor plans.

Knock down some internal walls to create a kitchen diner or even remove an island from the middle of your kitchen. Opening the house up creates a better flow and completely transforms the interior room structure.

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