Add Value to Your House: What Adds Value To A Property?

26 January 2021
Updated 21 September 2022

The property market is a competitive place, so when you’re looking to sell your home it is important that you do what you can to set your property apart from its competitors. 

Making some home improvements can not only be the difference between a potential buyer choosing your property but also it can ultimately increase the value of your home. Whilst house prices have continued to increase, it’s always good to try and maximise it, especially in places where little investment is needed.

So, what changes can you make to add value to your home? Let’s take a look.

5 home improvements that add value to your home 

  1. Embrace the garden 

When people try to sell their house, a lot of the focus understandably goes on the inside of their home. However, homeowners are enjoying their garden like never before. So, it’s never been more important that your garden is up to standard. 

By giving your garden added attention you can create a more appealing outdoor space that is bound to go down well with potential buyers. 

A well-presented garden will undoubtedly make your home more desirable and, therefore, increase the value of your home.

  1. Enhance your front door

Your front door is usually the first thing people see when visiting your home, so first impressions count. 

Try and make your front door as welcoming and as aesthetically-pleasing as possible. 

It’s important to note that a new front door isn’t enough on its own, and that adding a touch of colour to your front door is also crucial in portraying your home’s character. 

Being bold with a coloured front door is sure to make your home stand out from your neighbours. On the other hand, a darker front door can emit a sense of sophistication. 

The aim of your front door should be to grab the attention of potential buyers at first glance. 

  1. A kitchen makeover 

You may not realise it but the kitchen is often an integral part for many buyers. Therefore, you should make your kitchen a place where they can picture themselves cooking or entertaining in. 

If your current kitchen is a bit dated or is something to be desired then a new lease of life might just be what is needed. Replacing current appliances and cupboards or a decorative revamp will go a long way in attracting buyers. 

Not only that, buyers are more likely to pay extra for a kitchen that comes ready-made. Fitted appliances could be the way forward.

  1. Updating a bathroom 

29% of homes sold in 2019 had newly fitted bathrooms, so it is important that you get it right when it comes to your bathroom. A fresh and hygienic-looking bathroom is essential when trying to sell your property. 

New tiling, a modern shower and a replacement sink and taps are all great options and will make your bathroom more appealing to buyers. 

Upgrading your bathroom may just be what is needed to sell your home fast and at a higher price. 

  1. Installing double glazing 

Modern double glazing has become standard in homes and is increasingly popular with buyers. Well-fitted double glazed windows not only improves the thermal efficiency of your home but also increases the security of your windows – a big win with buyers.

If your home has single glazed windows, take a look at our Green Homes Grant guide to see how you could get financial support to upgrade to double glazed windows.

Small budget home improvements 

If you’re on a smaller budget then there are still cost-effective improvements you can make to your home to ensure it sells quicker and for more without breaking the bank. 

Here are some ways to add value to your home a small budget:

  • Repainting/cleaning walls 
  • Replace broken light bulbs 
  • Removing clutter 
  • Improving the exterior of your home
  • Installing more strategic plug sockets 
  • Adding a shed 

As you can see, there are many things that you can do to make your home more appealing for buyers, big or small, whilst adding value to your property. 

But before you make any home improvements, it’s important to choose a trusted contractor to carry out any of the work. If you’re looking for new windows or doors, or a conservatory, then use our online tool to get a quote, or find a local company near you.