Planning on getting a home valuation? Read this first

09/10/2018

If you’re thinking about selling your home, you’ll want to consider how you can add value to the property before it goes on the market. From fixing the simpler structural issues and improving the energy efficiency of your home to considering opportunities for extensions, we’ve put together a list of things to consider before calling in the experts for a home valuation.

Identify structural issues and fix them

Whilst cosmetic improvements transform the overall appearance of a property, it means nothing if you have issues with your home, e.g. obvious damp or significant cracks in the building. These types of repairs can be costly but are essential for adding value and attracting potential buyers. If you’re not sure how to identify structural problems, you might want to consult a surveyor, so you can get started on any necessary work.

Are there any structural improvements you need to make?

Is the energy efficiency of your home up to scratch?

Potential buyers are almost always interested in the age of your boiler and date of last service, so it may be worthwhile having your boiler serviced if that renewal date is around the corner. Assuming your home has central heating, consider other factors that contribute to the overall energy efficiency, such as any drafts around doors and windows, where windows may need repairing, and wall or loft insulation.

Alternatively, any methods that help to reduce energy costs can add value, such as the installation of solar panels or even the use of wood burning stoves.

Is your home energy efficient?

Cosmetic improvements will make a difference

Simple cosmetic improvements should not be ruled out when looking to sell your home. From the space outside, to the appearance of your home’s exterior, you can make changes to create a more appealing and modern-looking home for prospective buyers.

Take advantage of any outdoor living space you have available, particularly if you live within a city or densely populated area, as this is seen to be incredibly desirable. Consider how decking or patio areas can be used to add new spaces for dining or entertaining or, if this isn’t possible, be sure to keep the area neat and clean.

From sprucing up tired-looking rooms and clear-outs, to making small improvements across your home, our recent guide for getting your home ready for viewings might also help you for ideas on modernising your home’s look.

We have a specialist department who can help recommend contractors for the essential or cosmetic improvements you may need. We have a panel of reliable professionals providing expertise – from surveys, building work, interior design to gardening. Whatever you require we will be able to point you in the right direction.

Make the most of your outside space

If you’re thinking about selling your home but not quite sure where to start, contact our experienced residential team today. We’ll be happy to provide you with advice around the valuation and selling process. And if you need advice on who to go to for a reliable service when updating your home, call Mary-Jayne Atkins on 01273 789866 for recommendations.