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How to Increase the Value of Your Home
July, 2024

How to Increase the Value of Your Home

In the ever-changing landscape of the Purley, Croydon & Surrey property market, thinking about how to increase the value of your home has never been more important.

As a homeowner, you may have entertained the idea of selling your current property in the future. With this in mind, we've put together eight tips aimed at boosting your property's value and capturing the attention of future potential buyers.

8 Tips to Add Value to Your Home

Tip 1: First impressions are created with kerb appeal

Before potential buyers step foot inside your property, they form an impression based on its kerb appeal. Picture a lush, well-maintained garden, colourful flower beds, and a weed-free driveway. Enhancing your property's exterior instantly sets a positive tone.

A fresh coat of paint on your front door, complemented by newly cleaned window frames, will work wonders in raising your property's overall appeal.

Tip 2: Create inviting spaces that speak volumes

A potential buyer's journey continues as they step inside your property. Neutral paint colours create a canvas for personalisation, allowing prospective buyers to mentally stamp their own style on your property.

Upgrading any old fixtures and fittings to sleek, modern alternatives will inject a touch of sophistication, and remember, a well-maintained interior reflects the care you've invested in your property.

Tip 3: The kitchen and bathrooms hold great potential

The heart of any home lies in the kitchen, while at the same time, the allure of bathrooms cannot be underestimated. If you're looking for ideas on how to increase the value of your home, a modernised kitchen with energy-efficient appliances will always excite buyers who dream of culinary adventures. Adding high-quality worktops, such as granite or quartz exudes luxury.

Bathrooms, too, hold great potential. Consider replacing any dated fixtures such as taps and shower heads, and upgrade the ventilation to make sure no nasty smells are lurking around. Introducing stylish and elegant vanity units will always help to increase a property's value.

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Tip 4: Transforming space possibilities into reality

Functionality is key. Open-plan rooms create a seamless flow that can resonate with potential buyers - particularly families.

Transforming underutilised spaces, such as a loft into a cosy bedroom or a garage into a home office, will add value by offering versatile and flexible living arrangements. Showcase these changes during viewings, staging the potential for flexible and relaxed living spaces tailored to the buyer's needs.

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Tip 5: Green credentials that pay off

Amid rising environmental awareness, energy efficiency is a feature that resonates with modern buyers. Opt for energy-efficient windows, top-notch insulation, and the warm glow of LED lighting.

A property with an impressive energy efficiency rating appeals to eco-conscious buyers and guarantees long-term utility bill savings.

Tip 6: Adding extensions

For properties with room to grow, adding an extension can be a game-changer. Whether it's a sunlit conservatory, an additional bedroom, or a practical home office, the possibilities are endless.

You should always strive to prioritise architectural harmony to ensure the extension seamlessly blends with your property's existing aesthetics.

Tip 7: Gardens and patios that tell stories

Wondering how to increase the value of your home using the garden? Here's an idea! Outdoor spaces offer an excellent opportunity to create a serene haven.

A well-designed garden or a charming patio expands your property's living area, and a diverse range of plants and inviting seating creates a sense of peace and tranquillity.

Your outdoor space is a canvas for relaxation and entertainment and can strike a chord with potential buyers seeking a peaceful lifestyle.

Tip 8: Install smart home features for a tech-forward lifestyle

The era of smart living has arrived, and integrating these features into your home can set it apart. A smart thermostat ensures optimal comfort, security cameras provide peace of mind, and automated lighting adds convenience.

These tech-savvy additions simplify daily life and position your property as a modern and forward-thinking investment.

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Your Path to a Rewarding Sale

Enhancing value isn't just a goal – it's imperative! So if you are thinking of selling your property in Croydon, Purley & Surrey or for more ideas and advice on how to add value to your home, please talk to the expert team at Shinerocks. As your local estate agents in Purley, Croydon & Surrey, we know how to get the most value into your home, and ways to save money along the way.

We specialise in property in Purley, Croydon & Surrey. Contact us on 020 8660 2010 or email for a chat.

Not on the market yet? Generate a full report on your own property including an instant estimated valuation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Home Improvements and Increasing House Valuations

Do loft conversions always require planning permission?

While not always, loft conversions in Purley, Croydon & Surrey often require planning permission. Consulting a local architect or contacting your council's planning department can clarify if permission is needed for your specific project.

Should I prioritise a loft conversion or a garage conversion to add more space?

Both options have merits. Loft conversions generally create more living space, while garage conversions can be a simpler process. Evaluating your needs and weighing the pros and cons of each will help you decide.

What's the most cost-effective way to improve my home's energy efficiency?

Upgrading to energy-efficient appliances and installing LED lighting are budget-friendly options. Consulting an expert can identify areas where insulation improvements can yield significant savings in the long run.

Can I get a home improvement loan to help finance these improvements?

Yes, home improvement loans are an option. Carefully weigh the interest rates and loan terms to ensure the project's financial viability. Explore quotes from different lenders before making a decision and always seek professional financial advice.


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