Created by: Dave Harland | 5 July 2019

5 ways to increase the value of your home

If you’re planning on selling your home and want as much money as possible from the sale, it’s important that you understand how to increase its value.

There are obvious ways to do this - like having a new bathroom fitted - but they can be expensive and time consuming, so we’re going to stick to the simple things.

Even if you make an extra £500 using our advice, you’ll have made enough money to buy a flight to New York! So here’s what you can do….

1. Get rid of as much clutter as possible

Got junk lying around? Before you list your home on the market, get rid of as much of it as possible. This’ll help you for three different reasons.

The first is that you home will be much tidier when a chartered surveyor values the property, as well as when people come to view the house. And you have a much better chance of getting a higher valuation and offer if your house is tidy.

The second way, is that you can use the opportunity of a clear out to sell your second hand goods on websites such as Gumtree and Ebay, where you could make you some extra cash.

And finally, moving into your new home will be so much easier if you get rid of clutter beforehand, instead of just moving it from one attic to another.

2. Clean, clean, clean

After tidying, you need to try to make your house is sparkling. That means getting stains out of the carpets and marks off the walls, as this’ll have an impact on the value of your home.

Make sure all your appliances are clean so that a buyer doesn’t think that they’ll have to buy new ones – it’s all about perception.

You should also get rid of any smells which may be hanging around your home. So if you’ve got a pongy carpet from pets or kids spilling stuff, hiring a professional cleaner is a wise move.

3. A fresh lick of paint

This can make a huge difference. White is the best colour to go with, as it’s neutral, and easy to paint over if the new owners want their own colour scheme. Painting over wallpaper might be a good idea too, as buyers could easily be put off by something that’s not to their taste.

4. Have pictures taken on a nice day

Back to perception again – every home looks a million times better when photos are taken on a sunny day. So when buyers are browsing properties online or in an estate agent’s, having bright and colourful photos could sway them towards yours.

5. Create the perfect viewing day

When somebody comes to view your home, make sure you’re the only person in the house and that any pets have been left with a friend or family member.

You’ll also want to move any non-essential furniture out of sight, so buyers have a better chance of imagining what their own furniture would look like in your home.

If you follow all of the advice above, you’ll have a much better chance of receiving the full amount of your asking price, while also increasing the chance of creating a bidding war between two potential buyers.