Kitchen makeovers revealed as UK’s most popular home improvement

New research suggests that a kitchen makeover is on the top of everyone’s list for home improvements.


According to research from NAEA Propertymark, 65% of homeowners have renovated their kitchens before selling up, followed by 29% who have installed new bathrooms and 22% who have added an extension to increase the value of their property .


Mark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark, says: “Homeowners make the decision to improve their property for a whole range of reasons, and making small changes can dramatically alter a first impression and really increase saleability. While many of the properties we sell have brand new kitchens or bathrooms, whatever your budget there are always smaller improvements that can be made to add value to your home. If you are thinking about taking this step, it’s important to remember to keep the décor neutral so it appeals to a range of buyers.”


Here are NAEA Propertymark’s top 10 home improvement tips to increase the value of your home:


1. Kitchen makeover – Kitchen’s are often the heart of the home but making over your kitchen doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Why not consider painting units or replacing doors or handles to transform your kitchen. It’s also surprising how much a good de-clutter and some good lighting makes a difference to create that family hub that everyone craves.


2. Redecorating and easy upgrades – Relatively low cost and highly effective, give your home a lick of paint  and do some general upkeep. Fresh paint in modern colours can go a really long way to breathing life into your home.


3. Adding or updating a bathroom – Much like your kitchen, you don’t need to spend vast amounts of money to update your bathroom. Regrouting, eliminating limescale and mould and replacing taps are a really cost effective way to make your bathroom look fresh and clean. Keep your bathroom a neutral shade and ideally replace a shower curtain with a new one or a simple glass screen to appeal to buyers.


4. Garden appeal – Especially during the summer months, gardens can become hard work to maintain if you’re not the green fingered type but a tidy and well-designed garden is really attractive to potential buyers. Be sure to trim borders, clear pathways and cut back any overgrown trees or bushes.


5. Reduce noise – Although you can’t do anything about the actual noise levels from busy roads or overhead flight paths, you could consider double glazing, an essential for many house hunters and it will keep your house warm and the noise out!


6. Open space – Open living space is becoming ever more popular, particularly for the kitchen and dining room. Combining the two creates a socialable 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. First impressions matter – 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. A pressure wash and a new door handle might just do the trick and make a huge difference for that all important first impression.


8. Loft conversions – 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.


9. Create a driveway – In some areas of the country, the ability to park close to your front door comes at a huge premium. Many of our Horsforth properties particularly offer on-street parking which can be off putting to potential buyers so if you’ve the space to add off-street parking, you are sure to increase value.


10. Avoid over-personalisation – Of course, your house should be decorated to your taste, but if you’re considering selling and want it to appeal to a range of buyers then it’s important to avoid anything over-personal, such as bold or bright colours which might be a turn off. Consider packing away family photos to help buyers visualise themselves living there and perhaps consider dressing a room that might otherwise be empty to help viewers to see beyond an empty space.


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