Has lockdown left you with itchy feet and ready for a change? Are you looking to move to a new house?
Good news – now is a great time to sell.
With property website Rightmove, revealing that the average asking price of UK homes has reached an all-time high (and estate agents reporting that they are listing more properties as sold than they have for sale!), you can be confident that it’s a fantastic time to enter the market.
But whilst there’s no shortage of buyers, competition is still high. So, if you’re going to make your property stand out – and bag the best price – it’s probably worth considering a few home improvements. But where do you start? And more importantly, how do you avoid ending up out of pocket?
7 value-adding renovations
The key is not going to extremes (so that massive 2 storey extension you’ve been contemplating is probably a no-no!). Instead, downscale your improvement plans, and you’ll soon see that a little can go a long way.
Here we take a look at some of the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective ways to boost your home’s appeal – and its value!
Revamp the garden
If lockdown has taught us anything, it’s the value of outside space. Buyers are placing more importance on this feature than ever before, meaning that it’s definitely worthwhile spending a little time and money sprucing the garden up.
If your back yard is all grass, think about adding a small patio or decking area, so there’s an attractive, hard surface available for year-round use and entertaining. You could even pick up a cheap table and chairs and position them to help highlight a suntrap or showcase the garden as a space to relax and enjoy.
Create a home office space
Another legacy of lockdown is the home office. And with a huge number of workers reporting that they actually prefer working from home (and many businesses now open to the idea), home offices or designated space where people can picture themselves working, are a sure-fire way to increase the appeal of your home.
If you don’t have much room to play with, try to get creative with what you already have. Is there a spare bedroom with a double bed that’s rarely used? Could you downsize to a single (or better yet, swap for a sofa bed) and add in a desk to create a multipurpose space?
Another option is to extend the work surface in your kitchen. Could you build a small breakfast bar to double as a workstation to perch at with your laptop? Look objectively at the space you have and get imaginative.
Consider a loft conversion
Adding an extra bedroom is a fantastic way to add value to your home. And by converting the loft instead of building an extension, you can avoid unnecessary delays and expense as most loft conversions don’t require planning permission.
Not everyone is a lover of bright purple or vivid orange, so an easy low-cost way to boost your home’s appeal is to tone down signs of your own personal taste.
Give rooms a fresh coat of paint and try to use light, subtle shades (white is great for this). Not only will you make rooms appear bigger and brighter, but it also provides a blank canvas for buyers.
Makeover the kitchen
Is your kitchen looking dated? Have your worktops seen better days? If the answer is yes, then this is one alternation that’s definitely worth considering.
Kitchens are largely deemed to be the heart of the home and rank as a key selling point for properties – so the last thing you want is for yours to be letting the side down. But whilst shelling out for a completely new kitchen is a substantial cost you might not see a full return on, replacing worktops is a cost-effective alternative. By simply updating surfaces you can transform the look and feel of your kitchen space, without the expense or upheaval of a completely new kitchen.
Update the bathroom
Again, replacing the whole bathroom might be a hefty outlay you’d prefer to avoid – but that doesn’t mean you can’t increase its appeal.
Small touches, like replacing worn, tarnished taps and that broken plug you’ve never quite got round to fixing, will go a long way to boosting its appearance.
Create kerb appeal
First impressions count, so make sure your home oozes kerb appeal from the get-go. Tidy up the front garden, ensure any gates and fences are freshly painted and in full working order. You could also fit a stylish new front door to enhance safety and add wow factor – before buyers have even stepped over the threshold.
Order your new worktops today
Not only do we offer competitive pricing, we also pride ourselves on a fast and efficient service and can usually fit your new worktops within 10 days of templating. This means you can get your stylish home on the market without delay…although we’ve got a sneaky suspicion you might be in less of a hurry to sell once you see how good your kitchen looks!
Check out the range of worksurfaces we have available and request your competitive quote today. Alternatively, if you’d like to speak to a member of the team you can get in touch by calling 0800 470 3180, emailing [email protected] or by filling in our contact form and we’ll be back in touch soon.