Don't go OTT with DIY
You might think building a conservatory, putting in a new fitted kitchen or transforming the garden into a woodland oasis will ensure your home is snapped up for a top price.
But many people are splashing out thousands of pounds on DIY ventures which won't earn them any extra cash — and even worse, could bring down their property's value.
So, which improvements add pounds — and which leave you out of pocket?
Loft conversions can increase your selling price by up to 12.5 per cent, while a good conservatory can add up to seven per cent, according to property experts.
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Loft conversions are a relatively cheap way of adding an extra room — and can cost anything between £15,000 and £40,000.
With a conservatory, the key is to ensure it doesn't end up looking tacked on. It should be designed to give the appearance of flowing from the main house.
A badly fitted conservatory can knock down your selling price. And be careful not to overextend your property as buyers will want a decent-sized garden, too.
Converting your garage into an extra bedroom, kitchen extension or playroom could add real value. Speak to estate agents to find out what price properties in your area have sold for with and without extensions.
Don't even think about a basement conversion unless you've got pots of cash. They can easily cost between £40,000 and £50,000.
Potential buyers will be more willing to forgive a hallway that needs a lick of paint — but shabby, dated kitchens and avocado bathrooms are a definite turn-off.
A good kitchen can add as much as five per cent to your home, while a smart bathroom can bring in an extra three per cent.
If you're looking to appeal to sellers, stick to white and cream. Remove clutter. Mirrors make a space appear bigger.
Buyers are attracted to properties which are authentic so think twice before ripping out fireplaces, original wooden floorboards and stained-glass windows.
Don't worry about bedrooms. Simply keep them clean, modern and no woodchip wallpaper.
'Kerb appeal' brings in buyers. Paint the walls, make windows sparkle and spruce up your front door with a new house number. If you live in the country, buyers will be looking for neat gardens and flower beds.
In the city, parking may be more important, so paving over green space to create a parking spot could increase value.
When it comes to the back garden, all you need is a lawn and fence.