Spruce up your property to sell it for a better price

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A PROPERTY consultant at Horts has come up with a number of ways to increase the appeal of your home.

Carl Watts said before you do anything to your home, ask whether you are doing the work for your own benefit or for resale.

He said: “Try to cover both scenarios and make changes that you can enjoy whilst improving the value and saleability.

Home improvements don’t need to be expensive. It is not the amount of money you put into your home that counts, it is the amount of thought.”

Carl suggests the five main points that you need to look at are the kitchen, bathrooms, decoration, windows and ‘kerb appeal’. Here are his tips.

The kitchen: Often the most saleable room of a home. There are some fantastic styles of kitchen unit and some weird and wonderful appliances available. I would recommend that if you are not selling within a few years you go for a very traditional and robust kitchen that does not date. Appliance wise you need to think about building in as much as possible.

Bathrooms: Colours are out! There is only one type of bathroom that you should install, and that is a white suite with chrome fittings. If you are thinking resale, do not remove a bath and replace it with a shower if it is the only bath in the house.

Windows: Sealed unit windows are now part of building regulation so again double glazing has become a must. Wood is as popular as uPVC, but only if the wooden windows have been maintained and are in perfect working order.

Decoration: The simple rule for decoration is that unless you are very competent on the art of interior design, keep it neutral. Light colours will also give a house a much more airy feel. Carpets are as popular as wooden and laminate flooring, but if you are going for carpets keep them neutral and try to run the same colour throughout.

Kerb appeal: First count impressions and that means the landscaping needs to be trimmed and the lawn needs to be mowed regularly. Windows need to be up to scratch and front doors, if wooden, need to be painted.