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How to increase the value of your property on a budget

Did you know it can take just eight minutes for house hunters to know whether a house is the one for them or not? When it comes to property, first impressions certainly last.

While adding a conservatory or an extension could work in your favour, this is a pricey job for a home you no longer want to live in.

Remember, bigger isn’t always better - small subtle changes can make such a huge difference, and there are lots of things you can do on a budget to make a property look more appealing.

To help potential sellers, we have put together some of our top tips to increase the value of your home without spending an arm and a leg.

Redecorate and complete easy upgrades

To repaint your walls and do light maintenance comes at a very low cost. Fresh paint in trending colours can help to give your home the refresh it needs.

Small defects, such as marks or dents on walls, mould, limescale and lifting flooring, can also give a negative first impression. Make sure you complete these easy fixes before putting your property on the market.

Groom your garden

If you have a front or back garden, it is crucial that this is tidy before someone views your property. A freshly cut lawn and some new planted flowers can do the world of good – and don’t forget to weed!

If you’re willing to spend a bit more on your garden upgrade, a well-designed decking area will extend a buyer’s perception of the amount of space between the house and garden. This can also help to add value as after a year in lockdown, many buyers are desperate for a sitting area to spend those sunny evenings!

Clear out the clutter

One simple, no-cost way to make your interiors look more spacious is to clear out all your clutter on display. This can help to make your rooms appear bigger and make the buyer envisage where their personal items can go in the property.

This can also be a great way to prepare for your move – before putting the items back, think about whether you want to pack them for your new home, donate them, or throw them away.

Let the light in

When the sun is shining, it can be hard to tell what the lighting is like in your house. If the room feels a little drab when it is overcast, it may be a good idea to purchase a few small cheap lamps to place on tables/cupboards around the house. Buyers don’t want to invest in a house that feels gloomy, so the more light in the room, the better.

Have you got any other tips for increasing the value of your home on a budget? Let us know at on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages!

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