Cheap home improvements which will add value to your home

October, 2022

Home renovations can be expensive, and some will increase property value, while others won't.

Whether selling a home or just wanting to improve it, maximising its value is often a priority for many homeowners. With the cost-of-living crisis affecting many households across the UK, small and cheap improvements can be made to maximise your home’s value.

Touch up the paint work

If you have kids, you will understand, bag marks on the stairs, hand prints on the walls, scuff marks along the skirting board. If you have left over paint use this to touch up the parts that need a fresh lick of paint. If you do not have this paint anymore, take a sample down to your local B&Q or Homebase to obtain a colour match. If you are taking a sample, take it from an area that is not on display such as around the skirting boards, by plug sockets etc.

Deep clean your stainless-steel items

Bathrooms and kitchens are often what makes or breaks a property since they are already installed and are harder to change. To make your bathroom and kitchen sparkle, pick up a bottle of stainless-steel cleaner for around £3 and get scrubbing on your fixings, handles and faucets.

Paint exterior woodwork

Restoring exterior woodwork such as fences, gates and window frames can make the property look fresher. The outside is the first thing that people see when they come to your house and is you are selling your home you need to give the best first impression you can.

Upgrade wall sockets to USB

If you have excessive cables or extension leads in noticeable areas in your home, it might be worth upgrading the wall socket to one with USB ports. It automatically makes it look tidier and is perfect for effortless tech charging.

Clean carpets

Old and worn carpets could turn potential buyers off as it is a lot of work and money to replace them. If you don’t have a carpet cleaner of your own, they can often be hired for a small amount of money. Spot cleans should also take place if there are marks on the floor.

Install energy-efficient lighting

A simple way of making rooms appear lighter include giving your windows a really deep clean to allow more light into the house, and installing bright, energy efficient lights. This will also appeal to the sustainably minded buyer.

Freshen up grout in the kitchen or bathrooms

Dirty grout can make your kitchen and bathrooms look old and unloved which could potentially impact your house’s price, but luckily, it’s really cheap and easy to make it look fresh and brand new. To successfully remove the dirt, one of the oldest tricks in the book is to apply bicarbonate of soda, water and vinegar, and scrub with a clean toothbrush. This method costs pennies but could make it look like it has been freshly re-grouted. If this doesn’t get up the mould, you could remove the grouting and reapply new grout.

Need ideas on how to get your home ready for the open market?

If you are looking to sell but worried your home is not ready for the market, get in touch with us today to book a complimentary consultation along with an action plan outlining what you need to do to get your home “market ready”.

Call us on 0121 430 4448 or email us on for more information.

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