Whether you’re feeling encouraged by the temporary reduction in Stamp Duty rates, or you’ve been planning a move for a while, you want to get the best price for your home.
Sure, there are some things that add value that you can’t control. Think: double garages and south-facing gardens. You’ve either got them, or you haven’t.
But there are plenty of DIY hacks that can add up to £30,000 onto your home, according to experts, and they’re all pretty quick fixes.
Admiral gathered a team of housing experts to offer advice of the best DIY hacks to add value to your home and the results are surprisingly simple.
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The four anonymous experts say that while it’s tempting to spend money on the bigger jobs, it’s sometimes better to opt for the quick fixes.
So, before you call the estate agent, it might be worth considering these three golden rules. Firstly, declutter. Then, paint everywhere neutral colours and finally invest in small changes likely to make a big return.
One of the first small changes the experts recommend is to paint your front door - if it needs painting, of course. A shabby front door is one of the first impressions potential buyers will have of your home.
Other quick fixes include; weeding the garden, fixing peeled paint, mowing the lawn, taking extra care of the exteriors of your home and doing a deep clean.
Once you’ve done all of these, the experts recommend accepting viewings when the sun is shining, to give them the very best view of your home.
That’s certainly easier said than done in the UK, but we’ll take all the advice we can get.
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Speaking about cluttered spaces, one estate agency owner said: “It can be overwhelming for viewers if homes are very cluttered so try to keep the home minimalist, although it still needs to be homely and welcoming. The ideal you’re looking for is clutter free and not too busy.”
The idea here is that people want to see themselves in your home, and that’s quite tricky to do if they can’t see the floor.
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“Fix anything you can fix easily but that doesn’t mean replacing kitchens or bathrooms. If the ceiling paint is flaking, get it sorted because it can and does put people off.
“These are all things that viewers see and makes them believe they’ll have to spend money. It’s nice for buyers to go into a property that’s been well looked after and loved,” a Dorset-based estate agent said.
As well as seeing themselves in your home, a prospective buyer wants to see ways in which they can add personality to the place.
That can be tricky if the whole house is painted crimson.
Keeping things neutral will help viewers envisage their own art on your walls and rugs on your floors.
While it’s best to opt for neutral inside, there’s no reason not to add a bit of personality to your front door. Sellhousefast.uk recently found that a blue front door could add as much as £4,000 for your home.
And let’s not forget, there’s nothing quite like a government-mandated lockdown to make you feel like your house is too small for you.
That’s why so many people are looking for homes with bigger gardens, placing particular importance on your outdoor space. Simply mowing the lawn and weeding the garden might be all it takes for somebody to fall in love with your property.