Our treasured homes are filled with memories that money can’t buy. So, when you’re looking to sell and an evaluator prices the value lower than what you were expecting, it can be really disappointing.
Luckily, there are ways in which you can increase house value so that your home can be enjoyed by someone new without you missing out.
In this article, we’ll share several ways to increase the value of your home. Some are big projects, while others are minor tweaks that could add a few pennies to your asking price.
Large projects for increasing house value
Energy-efficient homes are very appealing for first-time buyers and young families because they cost less to run month-to-month.
Installing solar panels, and making sure all windows are double glazed are two ways to increase energy efficiency. Another way is to set up a smart meter.
Open plan living
Open plan living is hugely popular. By knocking down walls between your kitchen and dining space, or even opening up the living room can add thousands onto your home value. However, we wouldn’t recommend going to town with a hammer right away – some walls are more structurally crucial than others, to be sure to consult a professional to figure out what is safe.
If your floors are looking a little worn and dated, replace them with new carpets, vinyl or laminate. Flooring doesn’t have to be super expensive, but having a fresh new layer will certainly offer more appeal.
If you’ve got a pot of money available for renovations, the kitchen is definitely the first room you should consider. While buyers will be quick to paint or decorate other rooms of the house, kitchen renovations are a long process. Buyers will likely want to be able to move in and get settled, so the kitchen should be usable, clean, and attractive.
Small projects for increasing house value
This is one of the easiest ways to spruce up your home for evaluation. Remove any decorative wallpapers and start afresh with plain and neutral color palettes. This not only offers the buyer a blank canvas to visualize themselves in but also makes space look brighter and more spacious.
Paint also includes the exterior: Freshly painted window frames and a stunning-colored door will really create a statement and add extra curb appeal to your home.
Deep cleaning – inside and outside
If you can’t afford to lay new flooring, make sure to hire carpet cleaners and do a deep clean before the evaluation. Similarly, hire a specialist to power wash the outside of your home – it will make a world of difference!
If the house lacks natural light, make sure to install enough light fittings to illuminate each room nicely. Buyers are unlikely going to want to start changing light fixtures immediately, so making sure each room is light and bright can help to sell your home to the right buyer.