How to REALLY boost the value of your property

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Do you know that improvements on your home can add value to your house price when you come to sell?

If you’re preparing to sell your property, we’ve got some tips that could help you increase your property’s value. But before we dive into these changes, it’s important to understand different property pricing strategies involved when selling a home. 

A property professional is the expert on all things property and should be your go-to when selling your home. However, in this article, we’d like to offer you a rough idea of what to expect as you start your sale’s process.

How much can you sell your property for?

As a seller, you might (subconsciously) have a price range in your mind, including a minimum sale’s price and a more aspirational price. Local property experts, like us, who know the area inside and out, can work together with you to come up with a customised pricing strategy. By understanding your timeline of when you want to sell your property, using recent market data and comparable local property prices, they can help you achieve the best price for your property. 

At this point, it’s important to keep in mind that once your property is listed for sale, the most activity usually occurs within the first four weeks of launching to the market, making this a key time to attract potential buyers. So, while it's natural to aim for the highest possible price, pricing your property correctly and staying adaptable and realistic is essential for a successful and timely property sale.

Talk to your local property expert today, to see how much you could sell for.

Now that we’ve had a look at some of the factors that may be taken into account for the pricing of your property, let’s take a look at what you can do to increase its value. We surveyed local property experts across England, Wales and Scotland, and this is what we found.

Refreshing your kitchen could improve your property’s worth

The kitchen, often referred to as the heart of the home, can be a deal-maker or breaker when attracting potential buyers. A fresh coat of paint and some decorating touches could lead to a 1.1-2% uplift in property value.* This simple makeover could translate into a significant financial gain when you decide to sell your property.

Add value with a splash in the bathroom

Next to the kitchen, the bathroom ranks high on the list of impactful renovations. A new bathroom is also capable of adding a 1.1-2% increase in value to your home.*

However, this isn’t a task that can be taken lightly - plumbing costs, water supply, heating, and electrical requirements all need to be considered before you start work on fittings and tiling, so take your time and speak to experts to ensure you get it right.

Adding decking or a patio makes your home more attractive to buyers

An attractive outdoor space is a powerful feature to attract potential buyers. What’s great about making over a garden is the number of options there are; lawns, flowerbeds, paving, decking, water features, lighting, sheds, the list goes on. It’s a chance to get creative and make a real difference in the attractiveness of your property. And whether it's through elegant decking or a charming patio, creating an inviting garden can make your property stand out in a crowded market.

Creating a home office is a great investment

In today's property market, a home office can significantly add value to your home. Establishing a dedicated workspace reflects the needs of modern buyers and can be an appealing factor for those looking to balance home and work life under one roof.

This can be a fairly simple setup, and setting the scene with a good desk and chair, ample plug sockets for computers, printers and strong lighting will help sell the space and, with that, your property.

Driveways could pave the way to higher value

A well-designed driveway not only enhances the visual (kerb) appeal of your home but also adds practical value. This investment can make a lasting impression and potentially increase your sale price.

Convert your attic and basement

Converting underused areas like attics and basements into functional living spaces can unlock hidden value in your property. These transformations can add substantial square footage and appeal, making them a smart move for homeowners looking to climb the property ladder.

Increase your energy efficiency to make your property stand out

Aside from the environmental impact of using excessive fuel, the financial cost of energy is rising, and smart buyers will be keen to know how efficient your home is. If you don’t already know, find out your energy rating and compare it to other homes on the market that are similar. Plus, by installing double or triple glazing, and/or insulating lofts and walls, could add to your property’s value.

With this in mind, well thought through renovations could be the key to unlocking your home's full market potential. It’s also important to remember that every home is unique, meaning that the value of the potential upgrades will also vary from property to property. As a general rule of thumb, visible improvements often have a stronger impact on buyers, so decluttering and ensuring the exterior of your property is spick and span can really help improve your sale.

Curious about how upgrades could elevate your home's worth? Start with a free valuation and expert advice from our team today.

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*Please note that the survey conducted was based on a 3 bedroom detached house valued at £350,000.
Source: Countrywide Group Estate Agent Survey conducted in Q4, 2023.