Sarah Beeny provides some top tips on adding value to your property
Adding an extra bedroom can add thousands to the value of your home and a loft conversion is the most simple way to do it. Add an en-suite up there too and you’ll create a spacious master bedroom that will almost certainly add more value than it costs to do the conversion.
Modernise your kitchen
A great looking kitchen really appeals to buyers and therefore adds value. If you don’t have the budget to invest in a brand new kitchen, you can replace the worktops, doors and flooring to completely transform it. At the real budget end though really lovely new tiling with deliver 10’s of pound for every pound spent. For a really quick fix over tiles you hate you could consider sheet cork which with the right design around the kitchen can be really effective.
Neaten up outside
First impressions count when selling your home, so sprucing up your outside area is a must in order to get the maximum price for your home. Add plant filled window boxes wherever possible. Make sure all plants and the lawn are well tended and tidy up the exterior of your property so it looks its best – no one wants to buy a house with peeling exterior paintwork and weed-strewn paths. Adding a decking area where people can eat al-fresco will also add value.
Fresh paint in modern colours can go a long way to giving your home a new lease of life, and don’t be afraid of straying from a neutral palette. Take inspiration from interiors bloggers, TV programmes and magazines.
Modernise your bathroom
If your bathroom’s in a mess, replacing it with a new suite and modern tiling will add value. And if it’s not in too bad a condition, simply replacing taps and repairing and cleaning any unsightly tile work can transform your bathroom in a couple of hours.