How to Add Value to Your Home Before Selling

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With most of the UK economy in dire straits over the last few years, many residents are having to sell their properties to make ends meet. If this applies to you (or even if it doesn’t), ensuring you find truly effective ways of making your home seem more appealing to potential buyers will be at the top of your priority list.

As money is tight on this little island at the moment, most buyers are looking for a bargain, and so you’ll need to work extra hard to achieve your asking price. I was recently looking to buy some accommodation in Leeds and had to visit local estate agent Pickard Properties. Whilst I was there I spent half an hour or so asking some questions and luckily; they were in a position to advise me on the best ways of ensuring a quick sale.

I will dispense this knowledge now.

Loft Conversions

If you’ve got some savings stashed away for a rainy day and you don’t mind investing them to help achieve a higher price for your property, opting for a loft conversion can be a brilliant way of encouraging people to dig a little deeper in their wallets when making you an offer. So long as all the proper building procedures are followed, a loft conversion could count as an extra bedroom or office – something that a lot of potential buyers will be looking for.

Adding A Conservatory

Again, those with money to spare might consider adding a conservatory to their home. These inexpensive additions are a great way of adding space to your property without having to erect permanent structures. They’re also a fantastic way of bringing the outdoors inside. Even in the worst of weather, sitting in a conservatory can be far more relaxing than using the lounge.

Pave Your Front Garden

This is especially effective for people who have little or no drive space. Paving the front lawn will obviously give you a drive, but it will also mean that maintenance is far reduced – who really needs two gardens to look after these days anyway? We’re all far too busy with smartphones and the like.

Restore / Refurbish Your Front Door

This is the entryway to your home, and so is usually the first thing potential buyers will see. If the wood is rotting away or your door has dirty marks all over it, a good first impression will not be made. So, ensure you clean, repaint, or even purchase a completely new front door, as this will make your property seem far more attractive to viewers.

So there you have it my friends. The most important things are always down to aesthetics, so as long as you pay special attention to making your home look good, your sales patter should do the rest. The basic rule of thumb is clean everything. You want to aim for zero clutter and zero mess to achieve zero problems.

Wishing you the best of luck with this sale, and all others in the future.



I am a lover of all things DIY and have written for a number of renowned home improvement sites.

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