Fri 01 Jan 2021
We’re currently anticipating the end of Lockdown 3.0, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson promising to publish an exit plan in the week commencing 22 February.
For now, housing market conditions remain favourable, with buyers eager to snag a home before the stamp duty holiday deadline.
With many of us spending more time indoors, it’s no surprise that people are seeking to make home improvements to their properties. Therefore, as a seller, it’s worth sprucing up your home décor before listing your home on the market.
Below, we lean on expert guidance from Hitachi Personal Finance to list four effective DIY home improvements that can be achieved in lockdown for under £100.
A fresh lick of paint - £70
A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to brighten up a room, and this is something that can easily be achieved yourself.
Paint for a main room – such as a kitchen, lounge or bathroom – can cost around £70 and will give your living space a much fresher look.
If you wish to keep up with interior décor trends, choosing the right colour at the right time could even add more than £1,400 in value to your home when selling, according to the research.
Revive the front door - £80
Improvements made on the outside of the property can really add value and entice buyers before they even see your home, making it just as important as the inside.
Sanding down and re-painting your front door will help alleviate any tiredness and can boost your property’s kerb appeal significantly.
Although it sounds like a major job, the average cost of the paint and tools required to take this project on are attainable for just £80.
Fresh curtains and blinds - £50-£90
Old and tired curtains in your window frames can make a room feel stale and dull, so replacing them with something more vibrant and colourful can make all the difference.
Providing you have them installed already, simply replacing drapes or roll-up blinds doesn’t cost much at all and can be done within minutes. Home interior retailers sell a range of good-quality curtains for between £50 and £90.
Kitchen spruce up - £60
The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home and is likely to be a priority for prospective buyers, but a full-scale kitchen refurbishment is not always necessary and can prove quite costly.
Instead, it can be more affordable to make a couple of subtle changes to transform the overall aesthetic of the room.
Adding or swapping a glass hob splash back, for instance, can cost as little as £60, whilst tiling a wall can reinvigorate your kitchen area. The cost depends on the type of tile and size of your kitchen, but the average kitchen tiling will set you back just £35 per square metre.
With an uptick in buyer demand set to continue, now is an opportune time to list your home for sale. These home improvements will give your home a new lease of life, effectively boosting its value and attracting a wider pool of buyers looking for fresh interiors in which to work from home.
For further guidance on selling a property in Kent and the surrounding areas, please contact Eden Estates today.
Additionally, we offer a free and instant online valuation so you can see how much your home could be worth on the current market.