Add value to your home!

Feb 25th, 2019 | Louis Metson

Selling your home in the future?

Home improvements to add value to the sale price can be worthwhile but it’s important that you plan them carefully.

To help you get started, here are five surefire ways to help you sell for more!

1. Minor defects? Touch them up!

Sometimes, a small job can make a big difference. Keeping your home in good condition through regular maintenance will prevent it from deteriorating, saving you the cost of expensive repairs. A well-maintained home can also be more appealing to buyers, who won't have to worry about fixing it up before they move in.

Peeling paint, loose flooring or cracked tiles, faulty door handles and dripping taps are all minor defects that aren't expensive to fix. Even a fresh coat of paint can go a long way towards helping your home sell for the price you want.

2. Tidy your garden

Mowing your lawn, repainting fences and checking that paving slabs are free from cracks and weeds all boost your home's kerb appeal and help you to make the positive impression you want. Don't neglect the back garden either!

3. Modernise your kitchen

Many people consider the kitchen to be the heart of the home, so this should be a key area to focus on if you're planning more extensive remodelling.

A new coat of paint on the walls and the cabinets could be all that's needed to make your kitchen look as good as new, but you should still look into replacing old appliances, especially if they're more than 10 years old, and consider the functional design of the room.

4. Add an extra room, bathroom or deck space

One of the biggest upgrades you can make to a property is adding a whole new room.

Usually, this involves converting an unused loft or basement into new living space – a child's bedroom, a mini apartment for an elderly relative or tenant, a bar or a games room. Or you can physically expand your home by adding decking or building a patio, so you'll have an outdoor dining and entertaining area in the summer.

If your home only has one bathroom, adding a second bathroom can offer the biggest return on investment.

5. Insulate

The value insulation adds to your home cannot be overstated. Today, this is considered an absolute necessity by many homebuyers. In fact, not having insulation can create the perception of an unhealthy home.

With the EECA Energywise programme often subsidising the cost of insulation, there’s no reason not to insulate your property.

This is particularly important if your potential buyer is considering purchasing the home as an investment property to rent out, as all tenanted properties are legally required to be insulated by July 1, 2019.