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How to Add Value and Kerb Appeal to your Home:

Everyone wants to increase the value of their home, Sell My Home Now would like to give you some ideas that will increase the value of your home and improve its kerb appeal too.

House Repairs

Any house that has issues such as subsidence, damaged roof or structural defects will need to be repaired before making any internal or external improvements to a home. These repairs will have a massive impact not only on the value of a property but its kerb appeal too.

Subsidence will more than likely be one of the most expensive repairs for any project, but an absolute necessity if you’re looking to add value to your home.

Before undertaking these works depending on the severity of the issues, it would be advisable to consult with a structural engineer, builder or surveyor. Obtain at least three quotations from builders to ensure you’re getting the best value for money and don’t forget to ask them what experience they have in fixing similar issues.

Other structural defects could be as follows:

  • Broken of cracked Lintels
  • Damp issues
  • Rotten Timbers in the floors, walls and roof
  • Unstable chimney stack
  • Fire/water damage
  • Missing or broken roof tiles

Decorating

Decorating must be the first thing that comes to mind when people think about adding value to a home, giving your house a fresh coat of paint and undertaking some general maintenance repairs, which can be completed at a relatively low cost compared to the potential impact. Although these small jobs will not directly affect the property value, they will certainly have a big impact on its kerb appeal.

A Home with kerb appeal is likely to generate more interest which in turn could increase the sale price of a property, here is a list of simple repairs that you should consider rectifying:

  • Ripped wallpaper
  • Peeling / tired paint
  • Cleaning and general tidying
  • Broken light bulbs or light fittings
  • Squeaking doors, floors and stairs
  • Update flooring finishes with new carpets, laminate, vinyl or timber flooring
  • Remove bad smells or odours
  • Replace tired curtains and blinds

Adding Bedrooms

One of the biggest drivers to increase a home’s value has to be the number of bedrooms, adding a bedroom can have a massive impact on a sale price. Although adding a bedroom will generally not be the cheapest alteration to your home, so careful consideration must be taken here on the cost to complete the works vs the potential value-added. Don’t forget that every street has a ceiling price and at some point, the additional value will stop being generated no matter what alterations are made to a property.

Adding a Driveway

Some people would consider a driveway more important than a front garden; they might not even consider buying a house without a driveway. So, creating one or two parking spaces for your property could give you a cost-effective way to increase the value of your home.

Generally, You will not need planning permission for a new driveway as long as its constructed using permeable (or porous) surfacing which allows water to drain through, such as gravel, permeable concrete block paving or porous asphalt, or if the rainwater is directed to a lawn or border to drain naturally.

However, in some instances planning permission will be required depending on the property and its location so before you commence with any works please check with your local planning office.

Updating the Kitchen

A nice kitchen will always increase the value of any home as kitchens are generally at the top of any potential buyer’s priority list.

If you are considering replacing the entire kitchen, consider the fundamentals such as the layout and design of the kitchen. To enhance the look and design it may be necessary to undertake some structural changes.

However, if your budget is limited you can also consider painting units or replacing cupboard handles and doors as this would be a cheaper method to improve a tired kitchen. New lighting and flooring will also make a huge impact.

Updating or adding a Bathroom

According to our research renovating the bathroom could increase the value of your home by up to 5%, also there is nothing more off-putting to a potential buyer than a really old dirty looking bathroom. Updating the bathroom doesn’t have to cost the earth, a few simple changes can make all the difference. Here are some examples of small changes that can make a big impact:

  • Replace tired carpet or flooring with new tiles or LVT flooring
  • Replacing shower or bath curtains
  • Replace existing sanitary wear
  • Tile the walls or paint over existing unfashionable tiles

Adding the Wow Factor

Nothing maximises the value and sells a house faster than having a house with the wow factor, incorporating a few key items will give your house the added wow factor and make your property stand out against other houses in the area. Here are a few key items that will help your property demand that premium sale price:

  • Designer front door
  • New fireplace
  • Replace old uPVC windows / spray tired looking windows
  • Install a new staircase
  • Install new designer internal doors

Exterior Improvements

First impressions are the most important factor when trying to sell your property, if a house looks tired and unkempt you will struggle to gain any interest in the property. Getting people through the door is the most important aspect when selling your home, if nobody comes to view the property, you’ll struggle to sell it. Here are a few ideas that could change the appearance of any tired-looking exterior:

  • Replacing or painting windows
  • Painting or replacing the garage door
  • Repointing brickwork
  • Replacing the front door
  • Freshly painted exterior
  • Well-groomed lawn
  • Include some well-placed plants
  • Consider some exterior lighting
  • Replace/add a house sign number

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