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Adding Value To Your Home

Updated on June 8, 2010

If you are selling your house, there are certain things that you can do to increase its value. Although you will have to spend a bit of money for these to have much of an effect, they generally do pay off and add value to your house in the long-term. They also make it easier to sell your house.

The outside of your house

The overall appearance of your garden can influence how prospective buyers see your house in general. No matter how professional you've made the inside of your house, the outside can really let the side down. Things to avoid include an overgrown lawn, weeds (both in the lawn and in between paving slabs) and “junk” in the garden. 

The same is true of the front of your house. This is the very first thing that prospective buyers will notice, so it's vital to make a good impression from the moment are introduced to your home. If you have a front garden, make sure that it looks well cared for, and avoid storing junk in it (or at the side of the house). Most front doors will benefit from a lick of paint to brighten them up. These are only small jobs, but they can make a big difference to  prospective buyers. If their initial thoughts are negative, this can easily influence their views on the rest of the house, even before they've had a chance to see it properly.

Stick to neutral shades

Neutral colour schemes are often preferred by prospective buyers. Bright or dramatic wallpaper, carpets and furniture can be very distasteful, especially if the prospective buyers aren't fans of the colour in the first place. Even if they don't intend to keep the house neutral when they move in, it helps them to visualize how their own colour schemes would fit the rooms, rather than being overwhelmed by the existing décor. This may require repainting the whole house, but it is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to win people over.

Home improvements

Home improvements can be expensive, but they will add considerable value to your house overnight. Popular home improvements include loft conversions and extensions. Both of these will add extra space to your home, which is an attractive option for prospective buyers. Make sure that you get planning permission to build an extension though, as prospective buyers won't be interested if they think that buying the house will cause them problems further down the line.

Adding value to your home does not need to be difficult. It is virtually impossible to increase the value of your home without making some form of investment, so you must be prepared to spend some money to make a good return in the long term. 


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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Lots of information and thank you for your well-weritten hub.