Has your property suffered any structural problems? If so, this should become your priority. Get your house in order, literally. One property expert suggested that for anyone looking to add value to their home before they look to sell it, is to make sure the house is in pristine condition. Whether this means fixing a leaking roof, replacing broken roof tiles or even hiring an exterminator to get rid of that unwanted insect infestation.
It may seem futile and expensive at the beginning, but it will all be worth it come valuation day!
It may be seen as a dull and mundane task and not the top of your ‘To – Do’ list, but getting your utilities up to scratch can be an excellent way to add value to your property.
Replacing the electricity may be essential if you have owned the house for numerous years and never got around to changing it before. Consider having the property rewired and having a modern consumer unit installed with a RCD (residual circuit device) for safety precautions. Homeowners should also look at installing extra sockets too, especially in the digitally driven world we live in.
Like with the electricity, it may be worth having an expert in to look at the plumbing and pipes in your property before selling. Longstanding pipework can lead to a poor flow of hot and cold water, it can also be a road to knocking and rattling in the pipes, which means a burst pipe isn’t far away. A pressurised plumbing system could be the way to go.
One leading company in the sector carried out a study involving 3,000 would be buyers, that suggested that they would avoid properties with poor or slow broadband connections. Now nicknamed as the ‘4th utility after gas, water and electricity. The quickest broadband is delivered through fibre-optics and gives you instant uninterrupted connectivity. A specialist in the subject has stated that ‘broadband has become in-built in people’s lives and has a tremendously important part to play in the decision process when it comes to looking at properties. The right connection could land you as much as 5% increase on your property.
Double Glazing windows have become a must for homeowners looking to buy, so if your current windows aren’t, it might be wise to consider getting some installed. It will only add to the value of your property in the long run.
Parking can either be a luxury or a constant nightmare, depending on where you are looking to re-locate too. As a property holder looking to squeeze as much as possible out of your house valuation, think about the parking options your house presents. Is it possible to create another parking spot in your drive way, even if it means making the front garden smaller? Something to think about. But make sure to check you are eligible first! You can check ownership at HM Land Registry for a small fee.
Depending on your time frame, a simple loft conversion could be a neat way to go about raising not only the profile but also the value of your home. Loft conversions can range in price dependent on the design, but does guarantee an extra room you can add onto your house details when it comes to selling.
The little things to consider
Have you ever thought about the colour of your front door? And have you ever thought about how the colour of your front door could impact on the price of your house? A top housing company carried out a project involving 30,000 sold homes in 2017 and found that the colour blue was the most common and attractive to new consumers. Blue relates to calm and peace of mind, which is linked with making clear decisions you’re happy with.
If you think your property could do with a spruce up and a new coat of paint before valuation day, make sure you do it! It’ll be vital when it comes to being valued.
Think about removing some of your furniture and belongings when it comes to viewing day, potential buyers want to see the house’s DNA in full, which can become hard if your prized set of golf clubs are in the corner of a room.
Does the inside match the outside?
There’s nothing worse than seeing a modern house from the outside and then to find it looks more 70’s when you walk through the front door. Let your creative side get the better of you for the day, consider replacing taps, cabinet knobs & door handles.