Upgrading your home doesn’t need to involve huge expenses or contractors as there are many uncomplicated ways in which you can add value to your home. Here are a few of the ways that you can add value to your home to impress future buyers, or just yourself!
Painting is one of the easiest home improvements that you can do yourself and, surprisingly, studies have found that certain colours can add value to your home. Light blue bathrooms can attract £2,000 above the average selling price, as can a light taupe living room. With cans of paint costing around £16, painting your walls seems like a brilliant way to add value to your home with very little effort.
You may also consider painting the exterior of your home which increases the kerb appeal of your property. Again, this is a relatively inexpensive fix but it can make your house look almost new from the outside which is a great way to draw in potential buyers.
Refresh your garden
To add some real value to your home, roll up your sleeves and head to the garden. A garden can add up to £45,000 to the value of your home and a further 20% if it is well-maintained, so you may want to consider doing some landscaping yourself. Some simple things that you can do yourself are trimming borders, tidying up pathways and cutting back any overgrown shrubs or trees.
For work that may be a little more strenuous but can add some great value, you may look to build a decking area which opens up the space or put up some fences which add privacy to your home. When doing DIY it is important to follow all of the instructions that come with your power tools and keep any pets or children out of the garden while you are working. If you do get injured while using your tools and the manufacturer is at fault, you may be able to make a claim.
Improve energy efficiency
With the cost of living crisis and rising energy bills, around 80% of buyers have noted that the energy efficiency of their next home is more of a priority than it was last year. As such, improving the energy efficiency of your home will not only save you money while you are living there but will add value to your home and make it more attractive to potential buyers.
An easy way to increase the energy efficiency of your home is to invest in smart technology like a smart thermostat. The cost of these is only around £200 but can increase the value of your home by up to £16,000 if you can increase your EPC band from D to B or G to E. Other ways to improve energy efficiency include adding extra insulation in the roof and walls, adding solar panels and draught-proofing areas of your home that lose heat, such as doors and windows.