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Homeowners: How to improve property value

Homeowners can enhance the value of a home

If as homeowners you are considering putting your home on the market, there are plenty of measures you can take to enhance the value. Yet while some ideas will add instant appeal and saleability, others can result in you spending huge sums for very little return.

Here, we take a look at four key areas you can focus on that will add to your home’s market value without making a major dent in your wallet.

Kerb appeal

Most homeowners will tell you that they understand how first impressions count. In fact, according to researchers, potential viewers decide within the first two minutes whether they like the home or not – in many instances, that means they have already made their minds up before they have even stepped through the front door!

Homeowners welly boots planted with flowers

Homeowner welly boots – front or the back of the house?

“Our estate agent gave us some top tips about how to think about a visitor’s first impressions to our home if they are coming looking to buy a property. They said think about how your front door and porch look to someone who doesn’t know you. After that chat I swept the porch, refreshed our pot plants and moved the kids welly boots to the back door!” Nina from Cambridge.

Critically appraise your home from the perspective of an outsider – you could even “cleanse your palate” by first appraising a neighbour’s house and then applying your observations to your own.

Homeowners with experience of selling a property will tell you that a tidy and well kept front garden, clean windows and freshly painted wood all give the right impression and can be put in place at minimal cost over the course of a weekend.

Don’t look up

Strange but true – floors really make or break the overall look of any room, yet they are often the last thing that anyone thinks of. If you have ageing carpets that are worn and stained, they will stick out like a sore thumb and be an instant turn off to potential buyers.

Laminate flooring can be a great way to give a fresh, contemporary look to any room without spending a fortune, and it is easy to keep clean for every viewing. Take a look at Discount Flooring Depot – they have a huge range, and are currently offering discount rates, making it an even more cost effective option.

Remember the bathroom

Property website rightmove recently conducted a survey, which asked buyers what were the biggest turn offs when viewing a property. The number one answer was a dirty bathroom. The smallest room often gets the least attention, which is the number one homeowner mistake if you are planning to sell your property.

So put on the rubber gloves and give everything a thorough clean. Also, pay attention to the tiling. You would be amazed at the effect that just regrouting and replacing a fresh line of sealant can have. All for an afternoon’s work and the cost of a couple of cups of coffee and a sandwich.

Home energy ratings

As homeowners, the prerequisite to marketing your property is an energy survey, and yours will result in its own energy performance certificate for potential buyers to review. Naturally, the better yours looks, the more attractive your home is to buyers.

While there are numerous factors that affect your rating, one of the simplest and most effective things to check is your loft insulation. Even if yours looks OK, it is a good idea to check the thickness. In days gone by, insulation was 200mm or even less, whereas today, the recommended depth is 250 to 270 mm.

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Lamia Walker
Hi, I am Lamia, founder of HouseSit Match. After years of corporate travel and stressing about home and pet care when away from home, I decided to build a solution, online. Now I run HouseSit Match an online network where we help to match home and pet-owners with house-sitters and pet-sitters in a friendly social way! Helping our members combines my passions for pets, travel, marketing and I meet fabulous new people every day!

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