Five exterior home improvement tips that will increase the value of your property
Increasing the value of your property doesn’t always have to start by working from within the inside. Often overlooked are a property’s exterior features, which can add value to your house and increase its kerb appeal.
We believe that thinking outside the box by improving the outside of your property is likely to increase its value, therefore, we have put together five of our top tips to help sell for a price that’s right for you!
Enhance the driveway
As one of the first components of the property a potential buyer will see, making sure your driveway and its surroundings are in excellent condition is certainly something you should consider. It may not need an entire makeover – instead simply jet wash the paving or replacing cracked concrete could go a long way. Think about the kinds of cars that may be parked on the property’s driveway. A good guideline to follow is that the driveway’s condition should be reflective of this.
A more presentable driveway is not only more likely to increase the property’s value, but also be more attractive to potential buyers – making it sell quicker should you wish to put it on the market.
Bring your garden to life
If your garden is looking run down (which is likely after the winter months!), it may be worth investing some time and money in making it livelier.
There’s no need to have a large budget behind you to make garden improvements which will increase the value of your property. Keeping things simple by ensuring the gardens key components are maintained to a high standard, such as the lawn, flower beds and fencing will make your garden attractive without breaking the bank. Simplicity works in your favour when selling – as it will help potential buyers envision the garden should they wish to live there and put their own spin on it.
Consider repainting the property’s exterior
One of the best ways to add value to a house without a big budget can be done by repainting the exterior of the property. This would include not only the main house colour but also fixtures such as windowpanes, panels and the front door.
Take a look at the condition of the property’s exterior. When was the last time it was repainted? Is it looking chipped and run down? There are many questions you should ask to make sure it’s worth investing in, but generally speaking, if the houses exterior finish is looking outdated, you should certainly consider investing the money in updating it. Undertaking such work on an old house is likely to increase the value of the property.
Convert the Garage
It is too often the case that we abandon our garages – letting them become dumping grounds for any unsightly items and junk we accumulate throughout the years. However, this space (which may be part of your property’s exterior) can retain a lot of value, which you will certainly want to cash in on when selling.
Consider converting this space into something more interactive for prospective buyers than simply a dumping ground. Think about turning this space into a home office, or a space for children to play in (should this fit the market that you’re selling to). This is likely to increase the value of your home, as more living space/more value.
Check the roof!
When was the last time you had a good look at the condition of your roof? It may be worth calling in an expert to inspect it – but if your roof is damaged, missing tiles or not suitable for all weather conditions, it could affect the value of your home.
Investing in making repairs to your roof should be prioritised if this is the case, as later checks from prospective buyers may flag this up – weakening your chances of getting a sale for the price you’re looking for. Remember, however, to use a trustworthy roofer (one that a friend can recommend, perhaps) to inspect the roof. This will help avoid being sold roofing services which were not necessary in the first place and may be unlikely to increase the value of your property.
Thanks for reading our top tips on improving your property’s exterior for selling! If you are planning to sell your home, get in touch with us here for an up-to-date market appraisal.