How to appeal to potential home buyers
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How to appeal to potential home buyers

12 October 2016, by Design A House Sign Houses in the UK, Appealing to Home Buyers

Although our home is often seen as a personal space and we want to make it our own, it’s also important to add value to your property. We want to make sure that we are getting the full potential out of our property and that we can actually make a profit if & when we come to sell it. But it’s not always obvious how we can actually do that and appeal to potential home buyers. It’s hard to know what changes will have the most impact on the housing market and what people look for when buying a home. So here are some simple tips that are sure to set your house apart from the rest:

Central Heating

Adding or updating the central heating system in your home can actually add a lot more value than people think. It’s something that people don’t often consider when renovating their home but it should be high up your list of things to do. It is considered as an essential by most home buyers when looking for a property. Central heating can be fairly inexpensive to add or upgrade and can actually add around 6% to the value of your property. Not only does it add value but it can even save you money in the meantime as it is can be an extremely energy efficient way of heating your home.

Replace Old Windows

Another way to add value to your property is replacing old windows with newer modern alternatives. New double glazed windows can add a great deal of value to your property and are something that buyers will often look for in a home. They can add value to your property for a number of reasons that include;

  • Save Money- they’re energy efficient so it can save money on heating costs by helping to keep the warmth in. This can also save you money in the meantime.
  • Security- double glazed UPVC windows are usually much more secure and harder to break into so they provide a much higher level of security.
  • Style- in general they look more modern than older style windows. They are also easier to clean and maintain than older windows.

Consider a new kitchen

If you’re looking to improve one of the rooms in your home then you should consider replacing or upgrading your kitchen. A nice kitchen is high on potential buyers' lists of wants when looking for a home and can help to add value to the property. It’s thought that a modern kitchen can add around 6% to the value of your home and doesn’t have to cost that much to install. When modernising your kitchen, you should look to upgrade the worktops and kitchen units to give the kitchen a modern feel. 

Conversions

Although this is one of the most expensive changes that you can make, it is also the one that will add the most value to your home. A well-finished loft conversion will add another bedroom to your property and upwards of 10% of the value of your home. The number of bedrooms in a property has been known to drastically increase the value and sale price and is really worth doing if you have the money to do so. If it is simply too expensive and you don’t have the budget to do so then you should still consider getting planning. This can still add some value to the property as anyone buying it knows they have permission to make the changes when they are ready to do so.

Curb Appeal

One small change that can make a big difference is to improve the curb appeal of your home. This can add some value to your property and is one of the easiest and inexpensive ways to do so. The first impression that potential buyers get from your home is on the outside. Many people spend a lot of time and money updating the interior of their property but neglect the exterior. Spending some time updating the front of your property by painting doors or just simply tidying it up can have a real impact on the value of your home.

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