When listing your house for sale, one of the main objectives is always to fetch the highest price you possibly can. After all, who would say no to some extra cash to perhaps put towards your new place?
One of the best ways to do this is to make improvements to your home, as presenting it in its best light will increase the chances of a potential buyer falling in love with the property, meaning they will be willing to pay more.
Here are some of the best ways to add value to your home before you list it for sale:
Convert the loft
This is probably the easiest way to add on an extra bedroom and bathroom, automatically boosting the value. According to mortgage lender GE Money, a loft conversion adds an average 12.5 per cent to the selling price.
Just remember to make sure that there is good access (i.e. a stair case) and it fits in with the rest of the house both on the interior and exterior. Also ensure that the roof is high enough to allow a fully grown person to stand up, as you don’t want to restrict the options of future owners.
Hanging up a few mirrors, especially opposite to windows, is a simple and cost-effective way to increase the natural lighting in your home. This will also make rooms appear bigger and more open.
Build an extension
Adding square footage is virtually guaranteed to boost the value of your home, whether it’s adding a kitchen or dining area with a single-storey extension, or a double-story extension to add on extra bedrooms. According to peer-to-peer lending company Zopa, adding an extension onto your house will earn you an average of 71% return on investment.
Even if you can’t afford to build an extension, purely getting planning permission will elevate the value of your property by removing a big element of doubt from a buyer’s mind, they will no longer have the worry of not being able to expand
Spruce up the garden
Having an appealing, well-kept, nicely arranged garden significantly increase the value of a property. Instead of having an empty expanse of grass, try and make the garden feel like a nice place for eating, entertaining or relaxing. Even a well-designed area of decking creates the sense of having a large usable living space.
Nonetheless, it is crucial to remove any dead plants, clear pathways and cut back any overgrown trees or bushes. It may also be a good idea to plant some flowers or fruits to give the garden some colour.