If you are thinking of selling your home, there are a few ways to add value to your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers. Even the smallest of jobs can add more money to your selling price. 

DIY Project cost

Add Value to Your Home

Here we take a look at six practical ways to boost the value of your home before you put it on the market:

1: Add more curb appeal

First impressions really do count, especially when it comes to selling your home. When prospective new buyer turns up at your house, they will form an instant first impression of your property even before they have set foot over the threshold.

The inside of your house may be a stunning oasis of calm with a high-quality fitted kitchen, spacious bedrooms and an immaculate bathroom. Still, if the front of your property looks shabby and unkempt, potential new buyers will get a wrong impression of your home and may simply strike it off and drive away.

If you have a front garden or driveway, ensure the lawn is mowed, weeds and dead plants are removed, hedges are clipped, and your doors and windows are clean. 

2: Add a new garage door

If your home has an attached garage, the condition of the door can also add to the first impression your home gives off. If your garage door is old and battered, a new one will enhance your home, and it will mean there is one less job for your buyers to do.

The cost of a new garage door can be quickly recouped with a higher selling price, so the investment is worth every penny.

3: Complete any repairs

If you have lived with a few DIY issues around your home for a while, you can easily forget about them. You may no longer notice that crack in the plaster by your front door or that your skirting boards are scuffed up and could do with a lick of paint.

While you may no longer notice these little faults, you can be sure they will be very noticeable to any potential buyer walking around your home. Get a pad and pencil and go around your home making a snagging list of small DIY jobs that need doing before putting your home on the market. 

4: Update the kitchen

It is often said that the kitchen is the beating heart of any home. It is the most used room in the house and where you spend a lot of your free time, so it will be essential to make this room as appealing as possible.

It doesn’t take much time, work, or money to spruce up your kitchen. Look for quick fixes that impact the most, such as replacing outdated tiling with modern glass or stainless steel splashbacks. Your kitchen units may still be in good condition, so why not update them by changing the door and draw handles for a more contemporary design. 

5: Brighten up the bathroom

The bathroom is another essential room for a potential new buyer. Many house buyers won’t initially have the funds to replace the bathroom as soon as they move in, so they will know that they will need to live with the current bathroom for a good while.

Brighten up the bathroom by replacing loose or broken tiles, clean and reapply a layer or grouting to brighten up the walls instantly.

Replace the old sealant around the bath or shower tray, especially if it has started to perish or has become moldy. You can also change the taps on your bath and basin for stylish contemporary ones. 

6: Fix any double-glazing issues

If you have had your double-glazing for a while but don’t want to run to the cost of replacing all of it, it can help to fix any issues you have noticed with your windows. While replacing all of the windows in your home for new modern double-glazing would undoubtedly add value to your home, you may not want this expense if you plan to sell up and move on.

You can fix an issue with your double glazing, such as misting (see this guide by Camberley Glass and Windows ), by replacing the affected window panel.

Misting between the panes of glass of your double glazing is a sign that your window panel has failed, but you don’t need to replace your whole window – just the affected window pane, which can be far more cost-effective for you.

These six inexpensive tips are a very effective way to add value to your home before putting it on the market. Ensuring all these minor fixes are done will make your home a more desirable choice for prospective buyers looking around your house. 

You don’t need to spend a fortune sprucing up your home to appeal to buyers; it can make all the difference between getting your asking price or seeing the buyer walk away.