Increasing the value of your home doesn’t always have to mean spending thousands of pounds. While large additions to your home such as a conservatory or loft conversation can indeed add a lot of value to your home, you may want to consider increasing the value on a smaller scale to suit your budget. We have a few top tips for adding value without breaking the bank.
Refurbish Your Front Door
The front door is the first impression that visitors will have of your home, so it is important that you replace it if it is looking a little worn and shabby. Even if your door still appears smart and fresh, consider making small replacements such as the doorknob or handle, a fresh brass letterbox and a modern house number.
Replace Your Flooring
Vinyl flooring that’s showing signs of wear and tear should be replaced. A worn floor not only detracts from the visual appeal of your home, but could be contributing to a lack of insulation and a higher heating bill. Replacing flooring, along with a fresh underlay to make sure heat can’t escape, can go a long way to improving the value of your home. Remember to take a look at other areas of your flooring that may need replacing too such as the skirting boards.
Makeover the Kitchen
The kitchen has become one of the most important rooms in the house for prospective buyers. If you can’t afford to completely remodel your kitchen before you sell, try giving it a makeover by replacing the worktops, hardware such as door and cupboard handles and even contemplate installing a breakfast bar by sectioning off part of the worktop and adding a couple of modern stools. Experts say you can make back about 60% of the cost of a kitchen makeover when you sell your home.
Refresh the Bathroom
Another important room to prospective buyers is the bathroom. Remodelling the bathroom offers the best return-on-investment out of all areas of a home. You may not need to replace large features such as the bath or sink if you make some simple replacements to increase the overall look of the room. Think about adding new taps, a larger shower head, a glass screen instead of a curtain or even a heated towel rail to increase the value.
Spruce Up Your Garden
Tidying your garden and adding a few key pieces of greenery can really add value for a prospective buyer. Outdoor spaces have become a room in their own right, so creating an attractive and well designed garden can be a huge plus. If your budget does not stretch to a full garden makeover complete with decking area, simply clear the space of weeds, ensure that you feed the lawn and add a pop of colour with some freshly painted planters – you can always take them with you when the time comes.