You might be considering looking to sell your property in Leicester soon, or you could just be exploring the options, but no matter what, it pays to be able to know how to increase your house value. At Open House Estate Agents in Leicester, we offer a specialised house valuation service in Leicester, conducted by local property experts who truly understand the housing market in and around the area. As local estate agents, we can provide you with an accurate understanding of the value of your home, and provide you with all of the knowledge and advice you need when it comes to selling your house in Leicester. With plenty of experience under our belts, we know exactly what it takes to truly make your house shine and stand out from other properties for sale in Leicester.
If you want to work your way up the property ladder, knowing how to add value to your property is crucial. Although large renovation projects might seem like the most obvious choice when it comes to increasing the house value, in fact, there are plenty of basic structural and cosmetic repairs that can also be made.
Addressing Structural Issues In Your Home
Structural issues will always have a huge impact on the value of your home, so before you arrange an official valuation for your Leicester property, if possible you should address these issues as a priority.
Many people make the mistake of glazing over the issues with some cosmetic improvements or internal work such as fitting a new bathroom or kitchen. However, structural issues will always end up causing further problems down the line, so although they are likely to be one of the most costly fixes, they are essential to fix.
Examples of structural problems in your home could be:
- Leaking or sagging roof
- Collapsed floor slabs
- Broken or missing roof tiles
- Bowing walls
- Structural wall cracks
Calling in a builder, structural engineer, or a surveyor is advisable if you would like to determine any major structural issues that should be fixed.
Installing A New Heating System
If someone is looking for houses for sale in Leicester or indeed anywhere else, they are going to be looking for unique selling points that make a particular house stand out from the rest. With this in mind, updating the central heating system is a great way to increase property value and give your property a unique selling point (USP). Often older houses either have no central heating system at all, or they have an old-fashioned one. By updating the system to a modern one, you can help to improve the general efficiency of the property.
Whilst installing a new heating system, you should ensure the boiler and radiators are in good working order. If you are looking to add some further USPs to your property, looking at underfloor heating systems and heated towel rails may also be something to consider.
Rewiring Your Property
Before you complete any cosmetic improvements, updating aspects such as the wiring and plumbing of your property beforehand is essential.
Updating the electrics is even more important if the house has not been rewired for a long time. You should be able to determine whether this is the case by looking at the meter. If the electrical meter has an old fuse box, it is likely the house requires rewiring and is in need of a modern consumer unit with a Residual Circuit Device (RSD) for safety reasons. You should also look at adding extra sockets in rooms that are scarce with them. A room with plenty of sockets means that the furnished layout is flexible, making the house much more appealing to prospective buyers. During the rewiring stage, you could also update any lighting and extractor fans for bathrooms.
Plumbing systems should also be looked at too, as old pipework can become corroded, and as a result, impact the hot and cold water flow, and lead to burst pipes. Pressurised plumbing systems are often favoured over gravity-fed ones as they eliminate the need for header tanks. As a result, freeing up much more space and promising good pressure for both hot and cold water supply.
Loft conversions typically cost around £500-600 per m2, and usually make fantastic investments due to adding at least one more room to the property. Although you will also need to consider making room for a staircase, a loft conversion certainly adds more space than it takes away. To truly enhance the space, you can add in roof lights and dormer windows. Loft conversions add an element of authenticity to a property and are a great way to work with the space you have already got.
Decorating your home is certainly going to be one of the most obvious routes you can take when it comes to adding value to your property. However, it should all be done in due course, and only considered once the above aspects have been addressed first.
Typical defects that can and should be resolved include:
- Peeling paint
- Broken door latches
- Lifting flooring
- Creaky stairs
- Mouldy sealants
- Sticking doors and windows
- Dripping taps
Alongside resolving any of these issues, you could also look at ways to freshen up the bathrooms and kitchens – this could be through the fitting of new tiles, flooring, shower screens, and blinds.
Small defects won’t necessarily affect your property valuation, however they can let your property down in the eyes of your potential buyers – especially if your property is up against a property that doesn’t have these superficial defects. Defects can also be a reason to ask for a lower buying price. As part of our Leicester property valuation service, we will make any recommendations that we think will add value to your home.
Showcasing Original Features
Take a look at your building’s origins and its construction to determine the original features that the house already holds.
Some features worth considering include:
- Original fireplaces
- Stair banisters and handrails
- Period-style windows
- Panelled doors
- Timber beams
Many houses lose potential by not exhibiting these original features in the right way. However with a bit of restoration or replacement work, you can increase your property’s value significantly.
Leicester House Valuation Services
If you are looking for a house valuation in Leicester, then look no further than your local estate agents, Open House. We offer a free house valuation for all Leicester properties, so you can determine the value of your property and how you can improve it.
If you would like to find out more about our property valuation services, or our landlord services, then head to our website today. Alternatively, you can call 0116 243 7938 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.
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