7 Ways to Add Value to Your Sussex Home

Increase the value of your home in Sussex with these tips to increase its sale price or make your friends and family green with envy.

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If you have a property in Sussex that you are considering selling why not add value to your home first. Before beginning the conveyancing process or seeking solicitor advice in Eastbourne there are a number of easy, yet hugely beneficial ways to make your property stand out.

This may be as simple as planting flowers in the right spot or something that will take more time and effort like a loft renovation. However, no matter what your budget is this list contains seven of the best ways you can transform your Sussex property into a buyer's dream home.

1.    Add Parking Spaces

Believe it or not, parking spaces can increase your property's value by as much as 10%, so if you have the space and ability to do so, adding a private parking space outside your home can really make a difference.

In particular, if you live in Sussex towns like Brighton and Hove a parking space can massively elevate the value and appeal of your property.  This is because places to park are so in demand within urban areas where there are more parking restrictions.

The easiest way to add a parking space to your property is to lower the kerb and make a front garden into a driveway.

It is important to note though that it can cost between £800 and £1200 to lower the kerb so this may only be beneficial if your property already has ample parking or is in a rural area where it’s easier to find parking on the road.

2. Increasing the Amount of Storage Space

The amount of storage space in a property is often overlooked when it comes to increasing property value, but this can be a low-cost way of increasing the value of your home.

If you are considering selling your property in Sussex or simply want to increase your property's overall value, add some shelves, cupboards, a built-in wardrobe, etc.  There are always parts of a property that are considered empty spaces and filling these gaps with storage can make a big difference to the value.

Simply installing coat hooks by the door or turning the empty space under the stairs into a cupboard can be a DIY project that won’t take too long yet will do a world of good.

The great thing about adding storage is that you can do as much or as little as you’d like. Whether you are a DIY genius who can install your own wardrobe flawlessly or simply put up a few IKEA shelves to make better use of the space.

3. Improve the Exterior of Your Home

When it comes to the value of a property, first impressions definitely count. When a potential buyer is approaching your home a garden full of weeds, dirt and dust can really reduce the property value.

When it comes to improving the exterior of your property you could:
  • Plant flowers or have flowerpots by windows, doorways, and other entrances. 
  • Remove any weeds 
  • Paint 
  • Replace broken tiles on the roof 
  • Clean windows 
  • Get a new front door 
  •  Add a porch, decking or extension

4. Fresh Paint

It may sound simple but a great way to add value to your home in Sussex is to add a fresh layer of paint to the property.

Brighten up your property with a fresh pop of colour on the walls or give potential buyers a fresh slate to build on with more neutral tones.  A can of paint doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, and with a roller or paint sprayer in your hand, your property will look and feel more valuable in no time.

In some cases, this can even be applied to the outside of your property.  Ensuring that your window ledges are freshly painted, and the fences look brand new can help to increase the overall value of your property.
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5. Kitchen Renovations

In some instances, a full kitchen renovation may be necessary and in this case, you can think about the best ways to utilise space to add as much value as possible to your property.

However, for people who don’t have the time or money to completely start again with their kitchen, here are a number of small changes you can make to renovate your old kitchen look and make your property value shoot up. 
  • Changing the handles. Sometimes all you need to make your kitchen feel new again is a new set of handles for all your cupboards and draws. This can make your kitchen appear more unified and look fantastic, with minimal effort from you. 
  • Repair and replace. It's surprising how many loose hinges and squeaky draws we can let sneak into our homes, in some cases a few basic repairs in the kitchen can go a long way to improving the look and feel of your property. 
  • Paint. Try repainting your kitchen cupboards, walls and ceilings. 
  • Adding a few new light fixtures can really help to brighten up the room. Even if it’s as simple as changing the lampshade.

6. Update Your Flooring

Flooring can have a big impact on the overall value of your property.  Rotten or squeaky floorboards, stained ripped carpets and cracked tiles can make a property feel worn and old.

Updating the flooring may be a necessity In order to increase the value of your property. In some cases, giving the floors a good clean can make a massive difference whereas in others it may be worth completely replacing them.
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 7. Adding Value to the Bathroom

Next to the kitchen, the bathroom is the most important room in the house when it comes to adding value to a property. Here are a few ways that you can make your bathroom look brand new
  • Replace old taps 
  • Add bathroom storage 
  • Clean the showerhead 
  • Add a mirror 
  • Invest in a heather towel rail 
  • Make sure none of the bathroom tiles are cracked

Making these adjustments can help you add further value to your property in Sussex and give your bathroom the makeover it desperately needed.

Adding value to your property in Sussex

There are many different ways in which you can add value to your Sussex property. From inexpensive options like painting the walls or adding new handles to your kitchen cupboards, to investing in new flooring or decking.

Getting the most for your property can go a long way to getting your dream house or paying for a big family holiday with the kids, so before deciding to sell your Sussex property make sure that you have increased its overall value.

Please be advised that this article is for general informational purposes only. Be sure to consult a conveyancing solicitor if you want to advise selling your property. We are not liable for risks or issues associated with using or acting upon the information on this site.

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