Ten tips to add value to your home

Stacey Marie, a valuer for estate agents Hunters Teesside, offers her top 10 tips to help you increase the value of your home…

1. Extension
Adding an extension is the most costly outlay but could increase the value of your home by up to 20% by expanding the living area.

2. Kitchen improvements
The kitchen has become the hub of the home – creating a real asset by modernising or making it more open plan can be hugely beneficial and help you achieve your target asking price.

3. Bathroom upgrades
The prospect of upgrading a bathroom may deter some buyers. So a new bathroom that needs no work can be prized asset.

4. Adding a bath/shower room
Gone are the days of having one big family bathroom for the whole house. The number of en-suites and bath/shower rooms are key for most buyers. Installing in an en-suite or wet room, even in a small space, will increase the appeal of your property.

5. Landscaping the garden
Many potential buyers have green fingers, so having an attractive garden can make a difference when it comes to valuing a property.

6. Think about flow #
Don’t underestimate the flow of a house. If this means knocking down a wall or removing useless narrow corridors to make it more light and flexible to a potential buyer, it may be worth doing.

7. Loft conversion
Expanding into the roof space could turn your two bed into a three bed and open up your property to a host of new buyers with higher budgets.

8. Go green
For an average home in the country, improving its EPC from the bottom band G up to E, or from band D to B, could add to the value of your home.

9. Use your outbuildings
A shed in the garden can be turned into a useful addition, such as a home office or a playroom, which may be practical for buyers.

10. Upgrade windows
There is no point having a marvellous home if the basics aren’t done properly, so clean windows and replace old or broken ones to help achieve maximum price for your home.

Stacey Marie
Hunters Teesside


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