First impressions count
Simple tweaks can make all the difference, so making the front of your house more attractive to potential buyers could change people’s first impressions of your home.
Add show-stopping potted plants, clean the windows, sweep the walkway and clear the gutters. If your budget allows, give the front door and window frames a lick of paint.
Apply for planning permission
Showing people that your home has potential to expand can increase its value by a couple of grand.
Even if you can’t afford to get the builders in yourself, you’ll still entice buyers with the promise of potential extensions or loft conversions by applying for planning permission.
De-clutter the rooms
It’s a good idea to de-clutter the whole house so buyers can visualise where their own things will go. Spend a weekend going through your stuff to see what can go into storage, and what can be donated or thrown away.
Paint the walls white
A fresh lick of white paint will make the rooms in your home seem larger, and the neutral shade can can add around £3,000 to the value of your house.
If you don’t fancy re-painting the whole house, replace your bulbs with ones with a higher wattage to instantly brighten up rooms.
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Give the kitchen an instant uplift
Kitchens can be a deal breaker for buyers, but renovating them is expensive. For a budget-friendly way to spruce it up start by making sure it’s clean and tidy.
Give the cupboard doors a lick of paint and use some clever kitchen storage hacks to keep the counters clear.
Blitz the bathroom
A nice bathroom can improve your home’s value by up to 3%. Simple things like replacing the toilet seat and giving the grouting a good scrub will make a real difference.
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Give the illusion of space
If there is a small room in the house that is putting buyers off, try some clever décor tricks to make it seem larger. Use floating shelves instead of bedside tables and ditch the headboard in favour of a collection of pictures.
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Clean the carpets
Don’t be tempted to splurge on brand new carpets, as many buyers will end up replacing them after they move in. Instead, give them a good clean and ensure they’re stain-free with these carpet stain removal hacks.
Tidy the garden
Gardens are a huge asset, adding up to 20% to your home’s value. Spruce up your garden by weeding, mowing the lawn, re-painting the fences and adding colourful flowers to prove your outdoor space has potential.
If it’s on the small side, try our tips for making a garden look bigger.
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