Wed 11 Nov 2015
You can do a range of things dependant on budget and time to give your property that ‘wow factor’ and we’ve shortlisted a variety below.
SPRUCE UP THE FRONT – This can be as little as putting a hanging basket up and removing weeds or go the whole hog and give the front of the house or door a fresh coat of paint. Potential purchasers might decide to do a drive by before booking a viewing and this could encourage them to make that call.
UPGRADE YOUR KITCHEN AND/OR BATHROOM – Buyers love an open plan kitchen, it is after all the hub of most peoples home and you need to ensure this space appeals to your buyers. You don’t need to spend a fortune but according to Which? you can add upto 6% to the value of your home by spending an average of £8,000 on a new kitchen. Trending at the moment is the ‘Mary Berry Effect’ kitchen.
Upgrading your existing bathroom can really help too. Particularly in family homes buyers will be looking for four piece suites, so if you have space try to incorporate a separate shower cubicle as well as your bath.
CREATE ANOTHER ROOM – You might want to consider converting your loft or adding a conservatory. Conservatories are the easier and cheaper option but make sure that it flows with the rest of your property and doesn’t take up too much of your outside space. Costs for a loft conversion may be higher but it could see the value of your home increase between 5-10% depending where you live.
CONVERT YOUR GARAGE – Garages are used less and less nowadays and if you already have parking space at your property it is certainly worth considering creating a separate study or additional reception room. Lots of people work from home so this extra space could be a deciding factor in their purchase.
Don’t forget when choosing to make any alterations to your home you should always seek advice from your local council as to whether you need planning permission or not.
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