How to Add Value to Your Home

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It may surprise you to hear that if you want to add value to your home, you don’t necessarily have to carry out a large renovation project. Better still, you don’t always have to spend a lot of time and money either.

Whether you’re looking to sell or simply want to improve your property, a little effort can often reap great rewards.

In fact, one of the most simple and yet most overlooked ways to add value to your home is by naming it.

Intrigued to learn more? 

I’m going to share with you some of my tips to help you add value to your home in 2020.

Name your home

Making a simple change to the name of your home, can add thousands to your property’s value, so it’s definitely worth consideration.

Whilst there is some paperwork involved with Royal Mail and your local council, it can prove to be very effective.

My only cautionary note is to choose your name carefully: 

  • use your home’s location as an inspiration. A name that fits in with the area can catch potential buyer’s attention; 
  • don’t name it after your family name or anything too personal, as this could actually put people off.

Renew and redecorate your home

Did you know that repainting the front of your home can cost as little as £1,000 but could add up to £5,000 to its value?

Consider these options:

  • Brighten up the window frames to keep your home well-maintained. If you’re thinking of selling, this will help to reassure buyers about the overall condition of the property.
  • Re-decorate – make sure you retouch any old paint on your walls and repair or replace any peeling wallpaper.
  • Spend a little to update your kitchen or bathroom – small changes can make a big difference.
  • Replace old carpets or curtains to add a new lease of life into your rooms.
  • Repaint the exterior of your home – it can really improve its look. If accessibility is an issue, find a local tradesman to do the job for you.

A home that looks spick-and-span will be a joy to live in and if you’re wanting to attract buyers, it will certainly appeal to them too!

Tidy the outside 

Having a tidy looking home from the outside will help to make your home appear more valuable and will give you a real sense of pride. And, if you’re looking to sell, it will also attract people to want to view inside too.

So, ensure you maintain the outside of your property and look after your

  • fence and front gate
  • driveway
  • path
  • porch
  • garden

And, try to disguise and conceal your bins! It’s certainly not what people want to see or smell as they approach your home.

The importance of ‘kerb appeal’ and the impression you get when you first approach the property from the street, can’t be overstated.

Look after your garden

A property with outside space continues to be highly sought after and if you have particularly attractive and well maintained garden then all the better. Despite the potential upkeep, we are still a nation of garden lovers.

Make the most of your garden , treat it as an extension of your living space and look after it in the same way. In this way, you’ll be able to enjoy your outdoor space even more.

However big or small your garden may be, there are always improvements you can make. Some of these include:

  • Repotting plants into new tubs
  • Picking out weeds from paths or the patio
  • Cleaning the patio or decking if you have one
  • Adding colour to borders with bedding plants
  • Investing in outdoor furniture

If it’s too much work or you don’t have the time, we can put you in touch with local gardeners or other local, trusted tradespeople to do the job for you!

Good luck!

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