Your home will certainly be more attractive to buyers with some general sprucing up. Larger projects such as garage conversions, loft conversions or adding a conservatory could reap high rewards if you have the time and money but even the small things can make a big difference. Improvements that create a sense of space & privacy will increase saleability. If you're making improvements to add value to your home be sure not to personalise the decor so it appeals to buyers.
Kerb Appeal - First Impressions Count
You only get one chance to make a first impression so make it count! Make sure the outside is welcoming. Tidy the garden, weed pathways & driveways, put wheelie bins out of sight if you can. Your front door will say a lot about the rest of the house behind it. Make sure it's clean, repaint it if appropriate, maybe renew the door number and doorknob.
Giving your home a fresh lick of paint can give it a whole new lease of life and can be inexpensive. Keep to light neutral colours and avoid bold colours all together.
Try to look at your home through the eyes of buyers. There could be some little issues which you've been meaning to fix & although not deal breakers can give an overall negative feel such as; dripping taps, squeaky doors or floors, mouldy sealant in kitchens & bathrooms, limescale on kitchen & bathroom fittings, broken window handles and even blown light bulbs.
Kitchens are often a focus for buyers, so it may well be the first thing they look to replace if they can't imagine living in yours. You may not be able to afford a completely new kitchen but there are smaller ways to improve what you have. Depending on your budget you could change cupboard doors or just the handles, change worktops, maybe renew the sink & taps. De-clutter and keep the worktops clear, this alone will make a difference.
Updating your bathroom
Bathrooms need to look fresh and clean. Re-grout tiles, paint the walls in a light neutral colour, clean away any limescale, replace taps, renew the shower curtain or replace with a new shower screen.
A loft conversion
To add real value consider a loft conversion, it's a safe investment & quite cost-effective. It's the easiest way to add a bedroom & maybe even an en-suite. This will immediately push your home up into another price bracket. Most loft conversions are considered permitted planning but always check with your local planning authority beforehand.
A garage conversion
Why not convert your garage into extra living space, particularly if you have alternative parking and use your garage for nothing more than storage. Firstly, you will need to check with your local planning authority if you need planning permission or whether it will be classed as permitted development.