Do you have a tatty front garden or any spare land with your property? It could be worth converting the space into an off road parking area. Depending on the surface this can be a cost-effective way to add value, especially if other properties on the same street can't offer the same.
3. Planning Permission
A property that comes with planning permission can often tempt buyers who have long-term plans for the property. You can pay an architect to draw up plans for an extension and get them through to planning. Allow at least £2,500 to cover the architect and council planning fees. Will this make your property the one to stand out?
4. Garage Conversion
Unfortunately todays garages are no longer fit for purpose, having been designed when cars were much smaller. They've become dead space or a glorified storage room. They can be easily transformed into a room. Before acting, it would be beneficial to find out what buyers are looking for in your area, if it's buyers looking for a family home or young professionals this might be the plan for you. Converting the garage space to an office will attract people who like the idea of flexible working.
5. Convert the Loft
Loft conversions are NOT cheap or straight forward. According to research a good loft conversion can add 10-15% to the value. If this is something you want to do, make sure if you're using the space for another bedroom to tell your insurer. Costs vary but a small conversion will set you back £15,000, a large conversion up to £40,000.
6. Fancy a Conservatory
If a conservatory is something you've been thinking about you need to make sure it flows with the houses structure. Research suggest a good conservatory could add as much as 5% to the value of your home. They give you more living space but at the expense of your garden. Expect to pay anything from £5,000 to £15,000.
7. New Kitchen
Most House-hunters will look at the kitchen first. New appliances and squeaky clean work surfaces can woo an anxious buyer. You don't need to go over the top. Doesn't need to be new but modern is normally the winner. An average new kitchen costs £8,000 and can add 6% to your property's value according to consumer watchdog Which. Make sure your kitchen has a sense of space as open plan living is on trend.
8. Add an Extra Bathroom
Bigger houses need more bathrooms, especially family homes. Nobody likes a queue in the morning. Having an extra bathroom will tick that box for buyers looking for a family home. To set the right tone, make sure your bathrooms are spotless before presenting.