How to increase the value of your home


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Looking to increase the value of your home? We've teamed up with some experts to bring you some helpful tips.


With the help of our friends at Purplebricks, the leading online estate agent, we’ve compiled a top 10 list of tips to boost the value of your home.

From planning permission to a simple lick of paint, our list will help your house stand out from the crowd when you are trying to sell.

Boosting on a budget? Here are 10 fixes you can do to help sell your home. 

1. Kerb appeal - Possibly the most obvious way to increase the value of a property. In some circumstances the area itself is the kerb appeal – think Wisteria Lane – but with less premium properties, make sure your property is eye catching and lush. De weed the front lawn and walkways. Repaint weather worn front and garage doors. Ensure that bins and unappealing items (hoses etc) are hidden away [Jeremy Jones, Swindon Local Property Expert from Purplebricks].

2. Paint - If you do it yourself, painting the rooms in your home can be one of the most cost effective improvements you’ll make. Remember that your own style and tastes may not suit everyone. Broaden the appeal to all audiences by keeping the colours neutral and it will update the look and feel of your house immediately.

3. Clean your garden - You don’t have to break the bank to get your garden in shape. Give your old plant pots a new lease of life with a lick of paint or hang some hanging baskets if you’ve got a smaller garden and you’re stuck for space. Check out our cheap and easy garden hacks for more tips.

4. The more bedrooms you have the better - It can be tempting to turn the spare bedroom into an office or gym, but losing a bedroom can harm your property’s value. If selling is on the horizon, hold off on converting the bedroom [Jeremy Jones, Swindon Local Property Expert from Purplebricks].

5. Keep things simple in the bathroom - A new shower head, toilet seat and taps will spruce up your bathroom without breaking the bank. New grouting can also be relatively cheap depending on the size of your bathroom. You should also replace your carpets with some vinyl or tiles as they’re easier to clean.

6. Planning permission. Getting planning permission is a great way to increase your property’s value. Not only is it cheap in securing, but planning permission gives potential buyers the ability to put their stamp on the property once it is theirs [Jeremy Jones, Swindon Local Property Expert from Purplebricks].

7. Do your market research - Our first piece of advice is that you should try and work out who is most likely to buy your home. Ask an estate agent what buyers are looking for in your town or take a look at the demographics of your neighbours and decorate your property accordingly.

And if you’ve got a bit more to spend...

8. Update your kitchen - Kitchens are at the heart of every home. Having a kitchen with modern appliances and decor adds immediate value – in some circumstances it can increase the value of a property by 4-5% [Jeremy Jones – Swindon Local Property Expert from Purplebricks].

9. Extend, extend, extend! Whether it’s a loft conversion or a conservatory, adding more space to your home will dramatically increase a property’s value. Just make sure the style and shape of your extension fits in with the rest of your house. Check out our Extending your home guide to give you an idea on what to expect before you extend.

10. Consider investing in a separate utility area to hide away appliances - Integrated appliances like coffee machines and waste disposal units, go down very well. Fabulous lighting can also make a big difference [Jennifer Kerr - Edinburgh and Lothians Local Property Expert, Purplebricks].

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