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22 dynamite tips to help increase your home's value

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Whether you're planning to sell your home now or in the future, there are a few things that you could be doing to make sure it reaches its maximum value. 

You don't want to feel short-changed, especially if you could have prevented yourself from losing out on thousands of pounds, so grab a cuppa and enjoy our tips for ensuring your home's value. 

From keeping your living room clear to simple bathroom design updates, we've got all the inside knowledge you need to make the most of your home. Make sure you take it all in before you call the estate agents!

1. Add an extension to increase value while not blowing your own budget

2. Invite a professional round to assess your home and tell you want you need to do. An estate agent will gladly give you pointers

Laurelhurst Carriage House: modern Houses by PATH Architecture
PATH Architecture

Laurelhurst Carriage House

PATH Architecture

3. Paint, paint and paint some more! Perfect the finish of you walls and your home will look tip top

Family Living: modern Living room by CATO creative
CATO creative

Family Living

CATO creative

4. Read magazines to get some funky and unusual inspiration

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5. Cut your energy costs by swapping out bulbs and reducing shower times. An economical house is an attractive prospect

Warwick Place: industrial Living room by Will Eckersley
Will Eckersley

Warwick Place

Will Eckersley

6. Plant trees in your garden. This is great if you have a long-term plan to sell

7. Instigate a low-maintenance garden that is easy to keep on top of

Terrace with furniture: modern Garden by Gardenplan Design
Gardenplan Design

Terrace with furniture

Gardenplan Design

8. Improve the air quality in your home, either with ventilation, air conditioning or ceiling fans

Living Room | Punggol Field: minimalistic Living room by Honeywerkz
Honeywerkz

Living Room | Punggol Field

Honeywerkz

9. Remove all the artex in your home. Nothing dates and devalues a home quite like it

Apartment v01: modern Bedroom by dontDIY
dontDIY

Apartment v01

dontDIY

10. Take the time to nourish and nurture the lawn. A healthy lawn is an enticing one

11. Don't forget to keep everywhere as clean as possible. It really does help!

Timeless Greys: classic Kitchen by Rencraft
Rencraft

Timeless Greys

Rencraft

12. Update the bathroom. Even if you just replace suite items and hardware, it will make a big impact on your home's value

Country House, Hampshire: country Bathroom by Helen Green Design
Helen Green Design

Country House, Hampshire

Helen Green Design

13. Take the time to have a thorough declutter. Nobody wants a house that looks as though it will always be someone else's

14. As well as the bathroom, update your kitchen and stick to a classic, neutral style of cabinet

15. Replace worn carpets or rugs with new ones or obviously antique ones

16. Stay on top of appliance repairs so that a new owner won't have to replace anything

minimalistic Kitchen by homify
homify

concrete worktops

homify

17. Restore original floors, if they're in decent condition and won't require much more than sanding and varnishing

Richmond Full House Refurbishment: minimalistic Living room by A1 Lofts and Extensions
A1 Lofts and Extensions

Richmond Full House Refurbishment

A1 Lofts and Extensions

18. Keep floors clear to make rooms look and feel much larger

Redcliffe Gardens: classic Living room by Ardesia Design
Ardesia Design

Redcliffe Gardens

Ardesia Design

19. Ensure everywhere smells good, with flower and diffusers, or simply open windows

Kitchen, dining room and folding doors opening to garden: modern Kitchen by Holloways of Ludlow Bespoke Kitchens & Cabinetry
Holloways of Ludlow Bespoke Kitchens & Cabinetry

Kitchen, dining room and folding doors opening to garden

Holloways of Ludlow Bespoke Kitchens & Cabinetry

20. If you can spare the money, open up dead space by adding a loft conversion. They draw more value than they cost

Clarendon Works, Notting Hill, London: modern Bedroom by moreno:masey
moreno:masey

Clarendon Works, Notting Hill, London

moreno:masey

21. Remove all limescale and water marks from bathroom items so they look new

22. First impressions count for everything, so make sure your driveway is free of cracks or potholes

For more brilliant home inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 10 Must-Read Tips For Selling A House.

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