Over the past year, as the UK has dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us have spent more time at home. This has sparked an unstoppable home improvement trend, with millions resolving to finally complete the renovation projects they had been putting off for months, perhaps even years!
If you intend to make your next move on the property ladder at any point in the near future, now is the time to optimize your home’s market value. You may be surprised by the positive impact a few well-placed improvements can have on both your home’s value and overall curb appeal.
To help inspire you, we’ve curated 10 of our favorite home improvement projects to boost your home’s market value. Let’s get started …
Paint your Garage Door and Clear it Out
Garages often place high on homebuyer’s wishlists. If you’re fortunate enough to own a property with a garage, a simple clearout and a coat of paint for the door can make your home appear even more attractive to prospective buyers!
De-cluttering can make any garage appear more spacious – and, repainting your garage in a neutral color can take years off its perceived age.
Replace your Windows
A brand new set of windows is always a considered purchase. With that said, a set of stylish new windows that complements your property’s decor is arguably one of the most valuable improvements you can make!
Today’s leading window companies offer their customers a wider choice of styles and designs than ever before. Whether you have a traditional or contemporary look in mind, you’re sure to find something that suits your taste and budget.
Newer windows also offer superior energy efficiency when compared to older models. Modern double and triple-glazing can provide significant savings on energy bills, which is a very attractive selling point for prospective buyers. And, of course, you can enjoy all these benefits yourself whilst waiting to sell your home.
Contemporary windows are available in various configurations, such as tilt-and-turn, flush-fit and reversible. Once you have chosen a window company, speak to a member of their team about which window type would best suit your requirements.
Update your Home’s Décor
Over time, homes can unintentionally become ‘time capsules’, showing off popular décor tastes from bygone decades. If the look of your home is distinctly dated, some prospective buyers may be deterred, even if the property meets most of their other requirements.
Don’t let them slip through the net! If your home has features such as bathroom carpets, avocado basins, or floral patterned wallpaper, you should seriously consider re-decorating before putting your home on the market. For the bathroom, consider tiled walls and floors. Stick to neutral color schemes for the walls and floors throughout the house and you shouldn’t go far wrong!
Invest in a New Patio Door
The addition of a patio door can introduce more light into your home, as well as providing easy access to your garden. Today’s patio doors come in an extensive range of attractive styles and designs and there are options available to suit every budget.
Today’s entry-level models provide better insulation and security when compared to most older models. If you’re prepared to pay just a little extra, you can get a patio door with features such as multi-point locking and self-cleaning glass!
Get Your Back Garden in Order
A well-kept garden is one of the most sought-after features among homebuyers. Make sure yours matches their high expectations. Trim your lawn, tend to those flowerbeds. Remove that rusting Wendy’s house and purge those stubborn cobwebs from the shed.
Finally, invest in some new ornaments (nothing too gaudy) and you should have a garden to be proud of!
Remove Excess Clutter from Your Home
Now is the time to remove anything you no longer need from your home. Any clothes you no longer wear can be bin-bagged and donated to charity. Appliances, games, or furniture you no longer use can be sold online, providing they’re in reasonable condition – if not send them straight to the tip.
Whilst removing clutter from your home, you also have the opportunity to hunt down any ‘hidden treasures’. Just think, that old painting, vase or chest of drawers in your attic could turn out to be a sought-after collectible. The money raised from the sale of these items could help significantly with the cost of moving to your new home!
No matter what you find, clearing out your home will make it appear more spacious and help to command a higher asking price from prospective buyers.
Treat Your Home to a Deep Clean
If you want to maximize your home’s value, it’s time to stock up on cleaning supplies. No, a perfunctory clean an hour before the viewing won’t cut it. You’ll need to attack any stubborn stains, dusty curtains, and grubby countertops with elbow grease.
Set aside a day (or longer if required!) to thoroughly clean every nook and cranny of your home. If it’s been a good while since your last deep clean, the finished result can be transformative!
Ready to Get Started?
We hope you found our article helpful and now have plenty of inspiration for your home renovation project. With a little determination, careful planning, and expert help, we’re confident you can command a great price for your home. It’ll be worth it all in the end!
No matter what you have in mind, we wish you the best of luck with your next step on the property ladder.
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