7 Ways to Increase the Value of your Home

by HOUSE Kitchens November-29-2018

When it comes to selling your home you want to make sure you get the best possible price. There are an infinite number of things you can do to increase a house’s value, and there’s no right or wrong way of doing it. With that in mind, here is a brief guide of 7 things you can do to increase the value of your home.

The ultimate aim when doing any work like this is to make the most impact with the least amount of expenditure and effort. It is also worth looking on the expense as an investment. By investing in your property you will get more from a buyer.

1. Start with the basics

It seems like the obvious place to start but make sure you have the basics right. All those little things around the house that you’ve been putting off doing, do them. Replacing broken tiles or cracked glass, re-grouting the tiles, weeding the garden, fixing any leaks etc. All these little things don’t take a huge amount of expense but can help with the overall appearance and therefore value of your house.

2. Tidy, tidy, tidy

As they say, you never get a second chance for a first impression. You want to make sure your house looks as attractive as it possibly can, inside and out. Start at the outside and work your way in. Think about how your house looks when potential buyers are pulling up in their cars. Is the garden well landscaped, does the front door need painting, are the gutters old? Make whatever changes you can to the front to ensure people walk in with a positive attitude.

Then, go to the inside. Try to declutter as much as you can. Remember, potential buyers want to see the house, not your stuff. So clear as many surfaces as you can, like tables and worktops. Put table top appliances away and make sure your place is generally tidy. As well as allowing the viewers a better picture of the space available, decluttering makes any space look bigger.

Tidy, tidy, tidy

 

3. The kitchen

The kitchen is often the centre around which a lot of homes revolve, and so it is one of the most important rooms to consider when thinking about increasing your house’s value. What exactly you should do depends hugely on the state of your kitchen. It could be a matter that all is needed is a fresh paint or if a full gut and reinstall job is needed, then it most likely makes sense to do nothing.  

Again, see what you can do to modernise your kitchen in an efficient way. Would you install new worktops or tiles to give a fresh new look? Could you paint the cabinets? There are a huge amount of scalable things you can do to give your kitchen a modern refresh, so look at your kitchen objectively and see what you can improve without excessive cost.

The kitchen

4. Heating

Every house needs it, especially in Ireland.  A warm house makes a huge difference when potential purchasers are viewing so always ensure the heating has been put on.

5. Efficiency

This leads directly onto our next point, efficiency. Try to make your home as energy efficient as possible. Again, this is a hugely scalable project, depending on your budget. A more energy efficient home is a lower maintenance, cheaper home to run, and so it adds an attractive quality to your home. Insulation can play a huge factor in this, a home that is well insulated will use a lot less power to heat, and so will not only be better for the environment but also better for the buyer’s pocket.

Efficiency

6. Lighting

Have a look at the light in your space. The brighter a space the larger it seems, which makes it more attractive. So, open up windows as much as you can by removing large curtains or netting. You can add extra lamps in corners to help open out a space and add to the ambience.

7. Space

Space is one, if not the most valuable commodity you have when selling your house, so you want to make the most of it.  Do everything you can to show the space the house actually has, which can often be lost in furniture and clutter. Try to keep as many open spaces as you can for the viewings so the potential buyers can see all the space the house has.

Space

3 Top Tips

  1. Make sure any work you have done is carried out by a registered professional. This is important because if not, it could end up actually reducing your home’s value.
  2. Don’t get too caught up in interiors. Buyers probably have their own style so don’t bother changing carpets/ interiors unless absolutely necessary as they may be changed by the new buyers anyway and could turn them off if they are not to their taste.
  3. Make it memorable. Imagine yourself in the position of the potential buyers, they’re probably looking at a lot of different houses, so make sure there’s something about yours that they can really remember. Whether it’s a bright door or a beautiful kitchen, make sure they have a way of identifying your house.

Overall, there are so many things you can do to increase the value of your house, from almost no expense to a full renovation. It’s important that you assess your house, or have a professional do it. Every house is unique and so will have a unique set of needs, but there is always something you can do to increase the value of your home.

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