10 budget-friendly home improvements to boost your selling power

Selling your home doesn't have to involve major renovations and sky-high expenses
The team at House Buyer Bureau says that getting your house ready for market doesn’t have to cost the bank. Picture – suppliedThe team at House Buyer Bureau says that getting your house ready for market doesn’t have to cost the bank. Picture – supplied
The team at House Buyer Bureau says that getting your house ready for market doesn’t have to cost the bank. Picture – supplied

While some upgrades offer significant value boosts, even smaller, budget-conscious tweaks can make a big difference in attracting buyers and securing a top price.

Chris Hodgkinson, property buying expert and Managing Director of House Buyer Bureau gives his 10 budget-friendly improvements that will maximize your selling power:

1 Kerb appeal charm: First impressions matter! Spruce up your front garden with fresh mulch, colourful flowers, and a power-washed exterior for a welcoming entrance. Budget: £50-£100.

2 Let the sunshine in: Bright and airy spaces are always in demand. Wash windows, declutter windowsills, and use mirrors to reflect light, creating a sense of spaciousness. Budget: Free!

3 Fresh paint magic: A fresh coat of paint can work wonders! Choose neutral, light colours for a modern and clean look. Focus on high-traffic areas like hallways and living rooms. Budget: £400 per room (or up to £4,000 to get a whole house painted professionally).

4 Flooring finesse: Swap worn carpets for sleek vinyl planks or laminate flooring for a modern touch that's easy to clean and maintain. Budget: £2,000.

5 Kitchen refresh on a budget: Replace outdated cabinet hardware with sleek handles or knobs, add a new faucet, and update lighting for a quick and impactful kitchen facelift. Budget: £700- £1,500 for a facelift (vs £6-£10k for a new kitchen!).

6 Bathroom bliss on a dime: Swap old shower curtains with modern glass screens, update towel racks and soap dispensers, and add a touch of greenery with houseplants for a refreshed feel. Budget: £500-£1,000 (vs £2k+ for a new shower installation).

7 Smart storage solutions: Maximize storage space with clever solutions like under-bed drawers, hanging organizers, and baskets. This creates a clutter-free and organized look, appealing to buyers. Budget: £100-£200.

8 Energy efficiency enhancements: Swap old incandescent bulbs for energy-efficient LEDs and install programmable thermostats for a sustainable and cost-saving upgrade. Budget: £100-£200 for each room (vs £3k+ for a whole house)

9 Tech-savvy touches: Install smart plugs or light switches for a touch of modern convenience. This shows potential buyers your home is in touch with the times. Budget: £100-£200 per room (vs £3k+ for a whole house).

10 Stage for Success: Declutter, rearrange furniture, and add decorative touches to create a welcoming and inviting atmosphere. Professional staging can be costly, but DIY staging can be equally effective. Budget: Free!

You don’t have to make all these changes, and remember; even small improvements can make a big difference. By focusing on creating a clean, modern, and welcoming space, you can significantly enhance your home's appeal and attract buyers willing to pay top dollar. Don't be afraid to get creative and resourceful with your budget, and you'll be surprised at the impact you can make!

Bonus tip: Consult with local estate agents for specific insights into what buyers are looking for in your area. This will help you prioritize your improvements and maximize your return on investment.

And if you haven’t got the time, money, or inclination to make home improvements then you could opt to sell your property to a professional property buying company. They buy properties in any condition and don’t need everything to be clean and tidy.

To get a free, no obligation cash offer and a sale in timescale that suits you, contact House Buyer Bureau.