We are a nation of DIY enthusiasts and we have splashed out a total of £48bn doing up our homes over the last five years – an average of £8,000 each. The most popular changes are redecorating (72%), adding new flooring (42%), landscaping the garden (40%), and a bathroom refresh (34%).
1. Redecorating and easy upgrades
Redecorating is the most popular home improvement; for a relatively low cost, you can give your home a lick of paint and do some general upkeep. Fresh paint in modern colours can go a long way to giving your home a new lease of life.
2. Makeover the kitchen
Potential buyers often put a lot of their focus on the look and feel of a kitchen, and it may be the first thing they look to replace if they’re not satisfied with what is already installed. Painting units or replacing cupboard handles or doors are a cost-effective way of giving your kitchen a noticeable refresh without spending too much money.
3. Adding or updating a bathroom
In the bathroom, replacing tiles and re-grouting, eliminating all lime scale and replacing taps are all options worth considering. Bathrooms need to be fresh and clean, so make sure the walls are a neutral shade, and ideally replace a shower curtain with a new one or a simple glass screen. Pinterest is a great platform to find ideas and inspiration.
4. Garden appeal
A tidy and well-designed garden is an attractive selling point for any property. Before any viewings, trim the borders, clear the pathways and cut back any overgrown trees or bushes.
5. Double glaze the windows
Double glazing is an essential for many house hunters; it will keep the home warm and keep the noise out, even if it’s near a main road.
6. Open space
Open living space is hugely popular, particularly for the kitchen and dining room. Combining the two into one large room creates a great sociable space and is perfect for families. However, it’s important to remember that many homeowners still enjoy the ‘front room philosophy’ that can be used for special occasions or for privacy by the adults.
7. Replace doors
The front of your home can say a lot about the rest of the house to viewers seeing it for the first time. By replacing or sprucing up the front door, you will give potential buyers a great first impression.
8. Convert the loft
A loft conversion is a more expensive improvement, yet it offers a great return on investment. Most lofts can be easily converted and expanding the house upwards offers homeowners an extra bedroom for growing families, or space for extra storage.