Adding value to your home before putting it on the market
- Improve the kitchen. A well-groomed kitchen is usually one of the major selling points of a property. A complete replacement should be preceded by a look at the shape of the room and the position of the appliances to see if the design minimises the walk from one area to another when working – the so-called ergonomic triangle. If a complete replacement is not required or is deemed too expensive, then consider changing cabinet doors and the worktop to give a fresh new look. Replace a central pendant with a few halogen lights, which will improve the overall lighting. Lights under the upper units are very useful when cooking and are inexpensive to install.
- Improve the bathroom. If you don’t have a power shower consider installing one. If you have an avocado or brown bathroom suite – consider replacement! As far as sanitary ware is concerned, white seems to be the most desirable colour. A basic white suite won’t set you back too much, but unless you intend to replace the tiles, make sure that a new suite will fit in exactly the same spot as the original. A touch of luxury can be added by merely changing the fittings to newer, better-designed versions. Vinyl flooring will do if your budget is limited, but ceramic flooring would be the ideal.
- Tidy the garden. Keep it well maintained – the hedges and shrubs trimmed; the lawn regularly mowed. It is worth getting your garden properly designed once. You may not do a complete landscaping job immediately, but you will then have an ideal plan towards which you can work. This may actually save you money in the long run, and prevent bad planting choices which may have to be removed later on. A well-designed patio or deck will give additional living space and greatly enhance the appearance of your garden.
- Be a legal eagle. If you have a large garden which is not being utilised to its full potential, you could try to get planning permission to extend your home, build another garage, or even a garden flat. If you succeed, you’ll have a very valuable asset when selling your home.
- Things you should never do:
o Build an extension that is poorly constructed or badly finished
o Construct an extension without planning permission
o Add an extension that occupies the entire garden
o Concrete over the front garden, unless it’s to provide much-needed parking space.
o Reorganise your space so that you have a smaller number of bedrooms.