Four ways to add value to your home

Before you call the estate agent for a valuation, have you thought about what you can do to increase the asking price for your home? If you haven’t, take a moment to read this list and see how you can maximise your sale price.

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Extend the kitchen

One common complaint about modern houses is that the kitchens are small. With an increasing number of kitchen gadgets, cupboard and worktop space are at a premium.

You don’t need to add a lot of space to make a real difference; for example, some people extend on the side by using the space that provides access to the back garden. A metre or so can make a big difference. If this is not an option for you, knocking through to create a kitchen/diner can make the room feel bigger.

New flooring

Tired carpets are off-putting to many buyers, with the same true of anything in a bright colour or with a pattern. If it isn’t to someone else’s taste, they will mentally calculate how much it will cost to replace and reduce their offer accordingly.

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One solution to this is to fit some neutral colour laminate flooring from a stockist such as This is a job you can do yourself and it will give your home a completely new look.

Windows and doors

Adding new double or triple glazing can add as much as 10 per cent to the value of your home. House buyers understand that modern windows help to keep fuel bills lower because they can keep houses warm in winter and cooler in the summer. Look for a window company that is registered with FENSA to ensure quality.

This is also an aesthetic issue, so add a new front door to give visitors to your home a great first impression. This relatively small change helps to establish the idea that the property has been well cared for.

Get planning permission

Even if you are not thinking of extending your house yourself, you are saving potential buyers a headache if you can offer the home for sale with the permission in place. You will also open the property up for viewing by those looking for homes with an extra living space or bedroom, as they will know they can get started as soon as contracts are exchanged.