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Looking to add value to your property?

There are many ways sellers can make their property more appealing to potential buyers. Some houses are suitable for small conversions and renovations whilst others can benefit from extensions and eco-friendly initiatives. It is important to find the best enhancements to suit your property.

The Guild of Property Professionals has compiled 4 of the most worthwhile home improvements that can add value to your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers.

Get spring-ready in the garden

As a nation, we value the addition of outdoor space, particularly after the events of the last few years. The pandemic encouraged buyers to escape to the countryside, shifting the need for outdoor space even higher on buyers’ wish lists. Making your garden feel like another reception room adds heaps of value to your home, especially if it is currently somewhat neglected. Simply adding decking or a patio and outdoor furniture can turn a garden into a great entertaining space. Summer houses are another welcome addition, particularly when staged as an extra room to enjoy. 

Make the most of the garden space you have!

Whether you have a big garden or not, first impressions count! So, if you’re selling your property you need to give the garden space that much needed curb appeal in order to gain the right attention! Even simple things like tidying up the lawn or sweeping up the leaves make all the difference.

Convert the garage

Most people would prefer an extra reception room to a garage. If you have permission to do so, then you could convert the garage to add extra square footage to your home. Depending on where your garage is located, they can make fantastic playrooms for children or home offices, which again, is another hugely important asset in today’s modern world of working from home. 

Add an additional bedroom with a loft conversion

Loft conversions are a sure-fire way to add value to your home. Most houses don’t require planning permission to convert the loft and they make stunning rooms. Plus, they’re reported to add up to 20% to a property’s value. Read our 5 ways to extend without breaking the bank.

How much value does a loft conversion add? Research conducted by the Nationwide Building Society found that adding a loft conversion can increase the value of your home by up to 20%.

Add parking space

Having somewhere to park the car is a big plus for most buyers. In 2014, 29.6 million cars were registered for use in the UK, which is a 9% increase from the previous year. We clearly like our vehicles and parking spots are becoming even more scarce, making them especially valuable. Even if your buyers don’t drive, they will value the space when family and friends visit. If you don’t already have parking but do have a front garden, consider paving part of it to create off-road parking. You might have to apply to have the kerb dropped, but it’s still well worth investigating.

Add a conservatory and increase living space

Conservatories are another great way of adding square footage to your property. Consider adding one next to your dining area or kitchen to increase the size of this hugely appreciated space. And make sure you keep it at a comfortable temperature as any rooms that are too hot or cold could put buyers off.

Boost the value with kitchen renovations

Kitchens are the heart of the home and there’s nothing more appealing than a big welcoming room in which to cook up a feast and entertain. If you only want to improve one room, then definitely concentrate on the kitchen and add a few wow-factor touches to make it stand out. Consider upgrading the doors of your cabinets, and replacing the tiles and worktops in your kitchen to give the room an instant facelift, on a budget.

Add an extension onto the kitchen

Expanding the kitchen onto the side and to the full width of the rest of the property means that you will gain valuable space. As previously mentioned, a big open plan kitchen presents a warm welcome and inviting environment – which is guaranteed to add value to your property in the long run. 

Overhaul your bathroom

After the kitchen, your bathroom should be next on the list for an overhaul if it’s looking dated. Opt for a crisp white suite so it appeals to lots of people and add a few ultra-stylish features to make it a room to remember. This can be an expensive investment, however, if it’s something that needs doing then it becomes a necessity. You may be able to get away with just a fresh lick of paint.

Make sure your home is structurally sound

At the very least, make sure you fix any structural problems before you put your house on the market to maximise your chances of getting your asking price. If your property is structurally unsound, buyers are likely to use this as leverage to negotiate as they will know they will have to invest money upfront to fix those problems. 

Turn your home green

Not literally, your house is fine the colour it is… BUT, making your home more environmentally friendly with the likes of solar panels, wind turbines and good insulation can increase its value. If your home is cheaper to run, it will stand out in the property market and you can usually add a premium to the price. 

Go for double glazing

Don’t have double glazed windows in your home? This is definitely one of the best ways to add value to your home. Double glazing is a standard in most new homes these days, if your home is relatively old, you may find that it still has single glazing. This puts you at a disadvantage, as potential buyers may be put off by this – so we recommend you get this sorted as soon as you can. 

Top Tip: Homes do not normally require planning permission to install double glazed windows, however, flats do not fall under the same umbrella. You will require planning permission if you own a block of flats and are needing to upgrade to double glazed windows.

Get that kerb appeal

There are a number of different ways to add value to your home and improve the kerb appeal of yours. This could be a fresh coat of paint, new plants in your garden, new iron fencing or a brand-new front door. Whatever approach you take, make sure your home looks appealing from the outside. First impressions count and will go a long way to adding value to your home!

If you’re looking to add value to your property so that you can sell your property and buy a new home, then make sure to get in contact with us so that we can guide you through the process.

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First Impressions Matter

At Firefly, we know how important first impressions are. Finding a new home is a life-changing decision and just one of these serious faults can send your buyers running for the hills.

So, what are buyers on the lookout for? Our friends at the Guild of Property Professionals have compiled a list of the biggest turn-offs out there.

1. Dilapidated exterior

A dilapidated, unattractive façade makes a terrible first impression and for many, this alone is enough to quash buyers’ interest. Peeling paint, broken gutters, and missing roof tiles create an image of neglect. Most buyers aren’t interested in spending that much time and money cleaning up someone else’s mess.

2. Nasty (and noisy) neighbours

Buying a house is a bit like getting married. Just as a person marries into their partner’s family, you buy the company of your neighbours. A house can be charming, but if it’s situated next to a student dig that hosts parties every other night, all the décor in the world won’t make up for the interrupted sleep you’ve signed up for. 

Having a virtual viewing in this case can be a double-edged sword. While neighbours’ houses may look lovely on-screen, an in-person visit may reveal otherwise.

3. No parking

While a house with no parking might be fine for some, many people looking for a home of their own want to feel secure in the knowledge that their vehicles are safe, and preferably under shelter. If buyers are having a virtual viewing, it can be a fatal mistake to overlook parking. 

Those empty spots in the road outside may only be there occasionally, and they just happened to be free when the images or video were shot.

4. No garden

Not all houses have a garden—and many buyers don’t have the budget for one. 

While some people are happy with a clean-cut, urban look, there is something to be said for the soothing effect of nature. Having a pot plant or two—inside or outside—breaks up the monotony and gets rid of the impression you’re in a military compound.

5. A dark interior

A house doesn’t need to be an architectural masterpiece, complete with skylights and chandeliers, but walking into a dwelling that’s just about as light as the inside of a cave doesn’t do much to attract buyers. Viewing a house virtually can compound this problem: inadequate lighting sometimes looks ten times worse on video. 

6. Needing interior repairs

Even if a house looks spectacular from the outside, a less-than-thrilling interior is sure to put off people looking for a nice home. 

Just like a sumptuous-looking apple with a rotten core, a house needing extensive renovations isn’t something most people want. Things like peeling paint, broken door hinges, damaged light fittings and window panes falling out of their frames are more than enough to drive buyers away.

7. Dirt and grime

Some people might say that a house isn’t a home without a bit of dust and clutter, but there’s nothing attractive about dirt. 

One sure-fire thing that makes buyers run a mile is a dirty bathroom. Your own grimy toilet is bad enough. Why would you want to buy someone else’s? This can be even more of an issue with virtual viewings, as people assume that you can’t see dust on video, so they neglect the little things.

8. Damp

It’s not only dust that buyers find off-putting. A survey by insurer, GoCompare, showed damp stains were the number one reason potential property buyers decided against purchasing. 

Grime is an immediate turn-off, but seeing damp stains on walls or ceilings hints at a deeper issue. Clutter is easily sorted and dust is easy to clean, but with damp, you’re looking at potentially serious damage that could need major renovation.

9. Bad smells

The same GoCompare study showed that the presence of unpleasant odours was high on the list of turn-offs for people looking to buy property. 

An unpleasant smell could come from something small, like food that’s gone off, but although that’s an easily fixable issue, walking into a house that smells bad doesn’t increase buyers’ enthusiasm—to put it mildly. 

A trickier problem is the presence of odours in the area. Areas close to wastewater treatment plants are often plagued by disagreeable odours, which can drive buyers away.

10. Evidence of pets

There are many pet lovers in the world, but it’s pretty rare for someone in the property market to find a house full of dog hair appealing. 

A potential buyer might allow their pets to sleep on the bed, but almost certainly won’t like a house that appears to belong to a pack of moulting sheepdogs.

View our top tips to sell a home with pets.

11. No internet signal

Having reliable internet access has become essential for many potential buyers. More and more people are working from home and simply can’t do without a steady connection. 

Accessing the internet mostly depends on a residence’s own router, but there is evidence that some geographic locations lie in “broadband black spots”. Many areas in the UK struggle with chronic connectivity issues.

When it comes to virtual viewings, connectivity issues can pose a problem from the word ‘go’. A video call breaking up every ten seconds is enough evidence to put people off.

12. Ageing electrical systems

There are many faults in houses that go beyond impractical features or lack of appeal, one of which is outdated or unreliable electrical wiring. This can go hand-in-hand with bad DIY jobs. 

Leaving wires exposed and not repairing broken sockets doesn’t only make a house ugly, but can also pose a serious threat. Repairing an old fuse box can be extremely pricey, which doesn’t exactly entice potential buyers

The takeaway / Conclusion

Selling a property is not the easiest thing in the world, but by addressing these common issues, you can ensure that your property is given the head start that it deserves.

Some properties will always need work. That is why, at firefly, we pride ourselves on finding the perfect buyer for each home. There are many buyers out there are looking for a fixer-upper!

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Biggest price increase in over a decade! Data released this week which makes eye watering reading…

Price of property coming to market rises by 2.3% this month (+£7,785) to a record of £348,804, the biggest monthly jump in pounds recorded by Rightmove in more than twenty years:

Prices are now 9.5% higher than a year ago, the highest annual rate of growth since September 2014

There are signs that both buyers and sellers fear missing out in the current competitive market:

More potential buyers are sending enquiries to agents, with the number 16% higher than this time last year

New property listings are up 11% compared to the same period last year, suggesting more sellers are coming to market before looking for a property to purchase, to avoid missing out on their next home

The number of people requesting a home valuation from an estate agent was up 11% in January compared to last year

London records biggest annual jump in number of buyers sending enquiries of any region, and highest annual rate of price growth since 2016, as the end of pandemic restrictions and a return to the office fuel renewed demand in the capital

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