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Buying, selling and investing in property involves making some big decisions, decisions which can impact heavily on your life and on your wallet. Increasing your property value is the name of the game when it comes to taking a big step up the ladder.

If you’re thinking of selling your home, you want to maximise its value without breaking the bank by making budget-unfriendly or unnecessary renovations or extensions. Making these kinds of decisions are no walk in the park, so check out some of our expert tips to increase your property value and maximise its potential head-turning power. Remember that this is a huge decision for buyers too, so there are many factors to consider. Let’s have a look at some things you can do (and some things you really shouldn’t!) to boost your home’s value.

  • Basics

These days “all mod cons” really does mean what it says. How long has it been since you’ve had a boiler refit? Leaky faucets in the bathroom or kitchen? These kinds of things seem obvious and essential, but you’d be surprised how many sellers overlook the basics when it comes to selling their home.

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While they are not photogenic updates in the way a new granite kitchen work surface is, they need to be taken into account. Remember that your property will be fully surveyed before you sell it, so if you’ve got any doubts about the basic functionality of your home it might be a worthy investment to get a certified inspector to give it a once-over before you go any further.

  • First impressions

You wouldn’t go out on a date without having a shave, combing your hair or choosing a nice outfit, would you? First impressions matter, so if your house looks a mess from the outside it’s likely to put a potential buyer off before they’ve even set foot over the threshold.

Paint or even replace the front door, add some simple features that draw the eye away from the less attractive parts of the house (garage doors, or smaller windows for example). Even simple touches like tastefully lit windows can really boost your ‘curb appeal’, without breaking the bank. Remember that you’re used to how your place looks from outside, so take some photos yourself from the street and look at it with a buyer’s eye. This costs you nothing and can show you quickly and easily which areas to focus on.

  • Cleanliness is next to saleability

Power wash the driveway and the walls outside. Deep clean the whole property, or hire professionals to do it for you. Pack away any clutter. Remember that first off, a potential buyer wants to see your house, not your possessions scattered around it.

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A dirty or cluttered property is a massive turn off for buyers, even if the property itself may be perfect for them. And, sorry to sound like your mother here, but once you’ve cleaned, keep it clean!

  • Don’t get too creative

If you need to decorate, now is not the time to indulge those interior decorator fantasies. Keep the colour tones light and neutral. Light is a big factor in adding value to a property, and the more natural light the better.

Update the light fixtures if you need to (and if you are likely to be showing the property in the evening) but keep it simple and elegant. You want to present your place as a blank canvas for the next owners.

  • A View on Rooms

It’s a fact that the bathroom and the kitchen are the most scrutinised rooms in your home. If you have a kitchen or bathroom which is old but still functions well, consider repainting or updating certain features (new faucets, a splash of paint on old cupboards, or simply some newer accessories such as bath mats or utensil holders). If your bathroom or kitchen is desperately out of shape then consider a major overhaul, and possibly a refit. While this may seem expensive, it’s widely known that these are huge selling points in a property.

  • The DON’Ts

The old saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is really what applies here. If you are lucky enough to have a place with a large outdoor space, DON’T put a pool there. It’s costly not only to install but for the future owner to maintain, and a real burden if they’d prefer a nice big lawn.

If you have a spare bedroom or a garage DON’T try to convert it into a games or play room – again remember that the buyer might prefer a garage or spare room, to begin with at least. It might end up being their property, so let them choose to modify it to their tastes (once you’ve sold it to them of course).