back Posted on 20 July 2022
11 Ways to Add Value to Your Home
There are various ways to add value to your property, and some are more cost-effective than others. Depending on the condition of your home and the budget you have set aside, depends on which ways you can add value to your property without being out of pocket.

There are projects that are quick and easy that will add instant value to your home, and there are larger projects that will take more time and planning before you can make it a reality. The following options are a great way to ensure that your property sells for the right price on the housing market.

1. Upgrading your Garage Door

If your garage door is old or damaged, then it could be beneficial to replace it with a new one. The garage door can be one of the main focal points of the exterior of your home, so if it is broken or unsightly, this can affect the kerb appeal of your property. If your garage door doesn’t work properly, replacing it will be a benefit to prospective buyers and for yourself if you are not planning to sell immediately.

2. The Addition of Granite Worktops to your Kitchen

Adding granite or quality-stone worktops can make an impact on the value and desirability of your property. The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home, and so spending extra on the details can make a huge difference.

Granite and natural stone add to the luxury aesthetic and make your kitchen both feel and look more expensive. Providing effortless style and a timeless look to your kitchen, it is no surprise that granite has been in style for decades. With trends coming and going, this is one way of future proofing your kitchen long-term. In addition to this, granite is extremely durable and needs minimal maintenance.

3. Make a Grand Entrance

First impressions count, and it is the first thing that prospective buyers will see upon entering your home. It is human nature to make quick judgements, and if your front door is scuffed, falling off the hinges or unsightly then buyers will immediately start to look for other faults in your home.

Investing in a new entranceway that is in keeping with the style of your home can boost the value and desirability of your home. There are so many ranges to choose from, whether it is a timeless timber door or an ultra-modern aluminium door.

4. Light Fixtures

A well-lit room makes the space feel larger and more inviting, so if your light fixtures are outdated or dimly-lit, this can affect the feel of your home. Upgrading your light fittings is a cost-effective way of adding value to your home. It’s not just your light fixtures that you have to consider, harsh lighting from your lightbulbs can also cause an effect.

If you do opt to change the lightbulbs in your home, LED lightbulbs are best in a warm or bright white. However, natural light in your home is always the best so make sure your curtains are drawn and you have opened up the blinds before your next appointment with a prospective buyer.

5. Paint Your Home in Neutral Tones

When putting your house on the market, it is worth giving your home a fresh lick of paint to brighten up your home. The colour you decide to paint your rooms can really affect the tone and feel of your home, so choose wisely. Everyone has different tastes when it comes to colours and decorating, and by going too bold, it could be off-putting to some buyers.

By opting for a neutral palette for your home, you can elevate the style of your home and make it look more inviting. White, cream and pale grey tones can make your space appear larger, and it’s easier for buyers to picture your property being their new home.

6. Remodel the Kitchen

Now, this depends on the condition of your kitchen to begin with, as the cost of a new kitchen has to be factored into how much your home will increase by. If you are in desperate need of a new kitchen though, by presenting prospective buyers with a beautiful, up-to-date kitchen, it could dramatically increase the value and desirability of your home.

If you are replacing your kitchen to make your home more sellable, be careful not to overspend. It can also be possible to update your kitchen on a budget by only replacing what is old and worn. Many kitchens can be updated on a budget by only replacing the floor, worktops and kitchen cupboards.

7. Fit Hardwood Floors

Although this option won’t necessarily add value on its own, it can contribute to the overall look and feel of your home and attract prospective buyers. Hardwood flooring is a great investment as it is universally appealing to buyers and if chosen well, it can last a long time. Hardwood floors are low maintenance and easy to clean, so they are perfect for family homes.

8. Convert the Loft Area into an Extra Bedroom

Depending on the location and size of your home, a loft conversion can offer some well needed space. The maximum value that a loft conversion can add to your home is determined by where your property is located, if larger homes are hard to come by, and if the loft conversion is a self-contained sleeping space that has an en-suite bathroom.

The extra bedroom that the loft conversion provides can be a huge bonus to larger families, and in more recent years, the demand for home office space has increased so this can be a fantastic option for home buyers who aren’t necessarily looking for an extra bedroom.

9. Add More Downstairs Space with a Conservatory

Adding a conservatory to your home can be a cost-effective option for increasing the floor space of your home and it can be a truly flexible space, used as either a dining room, additional living space or even a playroom.

To increase the value to its maximum capacity, make sure you plan your conservatory well and keep to the style of your home. A conservatory that looks as though it is just added to the side of your home can be unsightly to some buyers, but if you blend it with your home it can look stylish and transform your living space.

10. Fit a New Bathroom

This is another popular option for adding value to your home, but again, assess whether a full bathroom is necessary or whether it just needs an uplift. It also depends on the size of your bathroom and where the bathroom is located within the house. It is one of the main things that prospective buyers look out for, and the addition of an en-suite bathroom can drive prices even higher.

11. Create an Open-Plan Living Area

Open-plan living is extremely desirable and can make your space look bigger compared to separated rooms. It is a more communal way of living, and stops family members from being separated by different rooms. It is important to plan the space efficiently, depending on what you want from the space. For open-plan living to work, two or even three spaces have to work together harmoniously.

For more advice and guidance on selling your home, get in touch with our friendly and experienced team at John Minnis, or call us on 028 9065 3333. Or, why not check out what houses we have for sale at the moment.
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