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How To Increase The Value Of Your Home: Our Top 10 Tips

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Published on Jul 19, 2021
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If you are currently in the process of looking to sell up and move on to a new chapter of your life, then one of the most important things to think about is how much you can get for your home.

The value of houses changes all of the time and can go up or down at any minute dependent on the current climate and inflation within the UK.

Of course, you want to get as much money for your current home as you possibly can. You’ve made memories for life there, and you’ll more than likely be very excited about doing that again in your next home.

So if you’re looking to increase the value of your home as much as possible before putting it onto the market, take a look at our top 10 cheap and surprising ways to do it.

1) A Fresh Lick of Paint

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When it comes to the estate agent taking pictures of your home and potential buyers viewing it, small details like cracking paint or dirty marks can make a huge difference. Don’t spend all your money at DIY stores picking up the equipment you need, check out places like Groupon, where you can pick up some great bargains!

A home that has been freshly painted immediately looks more appealing, well looked after, and modern. You should also freshen up your front door as this is the first thing that potential buyers will see – black front doors are generally the most popular at the moment. 

2) Buy LED Light Bulbs

someone changing a light bulb

A small change but one that can easily add value to your home – always buy LED light bulbs for any fittings. Instead of paying for overpriced bulbs, did you know you can even buy some LED light bulbs from Ebay to make your budget go that little bit further?

Buyers are much more conscious of monthly utility bills nowadays, and so light bulbs that use less money on your electricity can make a huge difference. 

3) Freshen Up Your Kitchen Cupboard Doors

modern looking marble kitchen worktop with dark great drawers

If you have brightly coloured kitchen doors that may not be to everyone’s taste or old-fashioned coloured kitchen doors, then this could potentially put off a prospective buyer as a kitchen is one of the most important rooms people look at.

Replacing kitchen units and cupboard doors can be an extremely expensive job and one you probably don’t want to invest in if you’re moving. But with just a lick of specialist paint which you could pick up at bargain prices at Robert Dyas, you can completely transform your kitchen and add thousands to the value of your home.

4) Create an Open Plan Living Space

an ultra modern open plan living space with wooden floors and exposed brick walls

If your kitchen, dining room, or living room are all relatively small – then opening them all up could give the feeling of a much larger space.

Once you have your rooms prepped and ready it is important to ensure that you have furniture that fits the room perfectly. Oka have some great pieces of furniture that would make a lovely addition to any home.   

Open plan living spaces are becoming more popular than ever and can provide a good space for socialising and outdoor living. 

5) Create Space for a Utility Room

a light grey utility room with sink and washing machine

A utility room is a great addition to any home to create a space for all of your messy bits of washing up. If you’re trying to appeal to potential family buyers, then a utility room can be a huge selling point. 

With just a couple of stud walls costing less than £1,000, you could create yourself a utility room that could knock the value of your house up by an estimated extra 5% of the current value of your home. 

Once you have created the utility room of your dreams, don’t stop there! Pick up your favourite cleaning items and get them organised in storage bins and baskets which you can pick up from Coopers Of Stortford. And remember, you can take these bits and pieces with you when you move!

6) Upgrade Your Central Heating

someone turning a radiator valve

As we already mentioned about the rising cost of utility bills, a potential buyer will want to know how old your boiler is.

Upgrading your central heating isn’t the cheapest thing to do, but it can dramatically add extra value to your home. 

To cover up any old radiators that don’t look as glam as they could but work perfectly fine, invest in some radiator covers. It gives your room an extra bit of glam for less! You can pick up some affordable extendable radiator covers on Wowcher of all places. If you pick up an extendable cover, you can also take these with you when you move.

7) Transform a Spare Bedroom

a young man sat working in a home office

Do you have a small spare bedroom that you don’t really know what to do with? Giving one of your spare rooms a different name and agenda can significantly add value to your home.

Saying that you have an office, games room, or gym, for example, can make your home much more appealing to potential buyers who are looking for just that and who lack a bit of inspiration. 

Make sure you dress the room up with special finishing touches. For some more unique and special accessories, we love stores like Amara.

8) Create a Downstairs Toilet

a modern bathroom with light grey and white finishings

A downstairs toilet is potentially one of the most important things you can add to your home to increase its value if you have the space. 

Nowadays, almost all homes are built with a downstairs toilet for accessibility and ease. If you have some space under your stairs or in the hallway, then this would make an ideal space and is also thought to add an extra around 5% value to your home. 

You could even pick up some new towels and a nice candle to add a little extra ambience to the room.  Sophie Allport is a one-stop store where you can find any extra bits and pieces to give the room that finishing touch.

9) Add Off-Street Parking

a silver car parked on a drive in front of a garage door

This is probably one of the most obvious but potentially also more expensive ways to increase the value of your home.

Off-street parking is a major plus point for any home and can significantly add value to your home. If you have a front grassed garden, consider paving it and creating a driveaway instead. To do this, you will also have to speak to your local council to get permission to drop the curb in front of your home.

And don’t forget to clean it! Don’t invest money into something like this and leave it to look overgrown and dirty. Pick up a pressure washer and gardening equipment to keep on top of your lawn and patio areas to keep them looking fresh and appealing.  Find all the garden accessories you need at VonHaus.

10) Create Levels Throughout Your Garden

a beautifully landscaped garden with grass, flowers, and steps

Last but certainly not least, don’t neglect your garden! Of course, keeping it well maintained is key, but you can also add value to your home by making your garden look bigger and adding depth to it.

One of the easiest ways to landscape your garden in this way is to add varying levels and areas. Think about making your own sleepers and play around with making your own steps up to raised areas of wooden decking or paving.

Don’t forget to dress your garden the same as you would your home.  For beautiful garden furniture at great prices, check out our discount codes for Rockett St George.


Charlotte Marshall

Lead Editor

Being a full-time content writer and part-time shopaholic, globe-trotter and avid lover of all things food (and wine)...I love researching the best money-saving hacks so that I can help fuel my own passions, and yours!

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