Are you looking to sell your home soon and want to increase your home’s value ready to put it on the market? Or maybe you want to get ahead of the competition for when that time comes. Either way, I will be going through my 5 best home improvement projects to increase value so you can sell your home for the best price possible.

This blog will show you how to increase home value without wasting your money on useless projects. I cover everything from small changes to increase value to larger home improvements such as extending on your property, so you can find something to suit you.

Update the exterior of the house

The first thing you see when approaching a house is the exterior, although it’s what’s inside that matters, if your house looks old and tatty on the outside it doesn’t paint a very good picture for the inside of your house. Making improvements to your home’s exterior will instantly increase its value before you’ve even stepped through the front door.

Painting the outside of your house will make it appear newer and fresher. I’d suggest painting it a neutral colour as this will suit a lot of people’s taste as opposed to a bright pink house. If you’re on a budget, you can always just paint over the tatty parts of your house to freshen it up.

As well as this, updating your front door is a great way to add value. If you’re painting the outside of your house but your front door still looks old, you won’t be adding a lot of value which is counterproductive. Sleek front doors can have a big impact from a buyers perspective as it makes the house look newer and expensive.

Moreover, if you have a driveway, think about how this looks from a buyers perspective. Does it have potholes? Is the concrete dirty? Do you have an overgrown front garden to accompany your driveway? If so, then you need to update your driveway. You may be able to give it a simple jet wash to make it look fresh again, but in some cases, you may have to lay down a new driveway.

Refresh your walls and flooring

Over time your walls and flooring start to fade and look tatty, often we don’t even realise as it happens slowly. Refreshing your walls with a fresh coat of paint makes them look newer, thus increasing your home’s value.

When redecorating your home, I’d suggest sticking to neutral colours to brighten your home. Neutral colours are also great when trying to sell your home as you can add colour through the use of furniture and wall art. This ensures the new buyer’s furniture can be easily incorporated as they won’t have to adapt to bright colours or redecorate as soon as they move in.  

When it comes to adding to your walls, try to use as few nails as possible to hang things up as no one wants to move into a house full of holes in the walls. Command strips are a great way around this as they allow you to decorate your walls without leaving any dents or marks.

Moreover, installing new flooring is a great way to increase value. If you choose to install new carpets around your house, I’d suggest choosing neutral colours again as they tie in with a lot of peoples tastes, which is an important factor from a buyers perspective.

Create an open plan kitchen

When it comes to buying a home, one of the main things people tend to look at is the kitchen, after all, you want a space to accommodate your family and lifestyle. Creating an open plan kitchen will not only fit a lot of people’s needs, but it will also instantly increase value to your home.

An island is a great addition to have in an open plan kitchen, both from a practical and design aspect. An island can be used in many different ways, you can utilise it as a breakfast bar or alternatively, you can install a cooker and hob within the island to have it separate from the rest of your worktop space.

As well as this, you can create extra storage space underneath the countertop which would appeal to larger families. An island is a great way to break up your kitchen and make it appear brighter and more open.

When it comes to decorating your kitchen, invest in luxury materials for your countertops as they will last a long time and add value to your home. Moreover, they will also modernise your home which will appeal to potential buyers.

Update your bathroom

Nowadays, many people want a bathroom that acts as their own at-home spa, so updating your bathroom with this in mind is a great way to add value to your home.

Creating a separate shower space will instantly add value to your home as it will make your bathroom feel luxurious. You don’t need to have a huge bathroom to create a separate shower space, although, you may have to change the layout slightly.

When it comes to the shower itself, invest a little more money into a power shower as they last a long time and although it’s a small feature it can add a lot of value in the eyes of potential buyers. As well as this, build shelving units within the shower to add storage space.

When it comes to the actual decoration of your bathroom, keep it simple. Having minimal décor will draw attention to the appliances you have, which is important to consider when selling your home. Invest in good quality tiles that last over time to add more value.

Moreover, installing a heated towel rail to replace a radiator will make your bathroom appear sleeker and they create a place to hang wet towels. Heated towel rails also give out a lot of heat making them very efficient.

Create an extension with a conservatory

A conservatory is a great way to add value to your home without having to build a whole extension. Conservatories can be used to serve multiple purposes making them a great addition to any home.

You can acquire conservatories in multiple sizes, so you can find the perfect one to fit your home without taking up too much space in your garden. In order to find the right conservatory for you, I’d suggest measuring your garden and drawing out where you’d want it to go, as well as the size so you can visualise the amount of space it would take up before purchasing one.

When it comes to the conservatory itself, I’d suggest utilising it to fit your needs as it can easily be adapted to fit others when necessary. The conservatory itself adds value to your property, so what you use it for isn’t going to devalue it.

Now it’s time for you to start your own home improvement projects

Now that I have gone through my 5 best home improvement projects to increase value, it’s time for you to implement them within your home. No matter the size of your budget, I guarantee at least one of these home improvement projects will add value to your home.

When complementing house improvements to increase value, remember to keep your base colours neutral and add colour through your furniture and décor items as this will appeal to more people as it means they won’t have to instantly redecorate.