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How to boost the value of your UK property before selling

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Are you a landlord in the UK looking to sell your property but also wanting to maximise its value before getting it listed? Whether you own an apartment in London or a house in another part of the country, there are several steps you can take to increase the appeal and value of your property. In this blog, we will explore the most effective tips and strategies to boost the value of your UK property before selling.

From highlighting the impact of furnishing, redecorating and refurbishment, to the importance of the kitchen, we will also delve into a few inexpensive DIY enhancements that can make a big difference. If you need assistance with furnishing and interior design, check out the dress-to-sell services provided by our sister company, InStyle Direct.

How to boost the value of your UK property before selling

1. Enhancing kerb appeal

When it comes to selling a property, first impressions go a long way. Simple measures like painting the front door, tidying up the garden, and investing in good outdoor lighting can make a lasting impact. Case studies have shown that properties with improved kerb appeal often sell for a higher price than similar properties without these enhancements.

2. Stylish lifestyle rurnishing

Property buyers in the UK often seek a lifestyle that matches their aspirations. You can capture the imagination of potential buyers by furnishing your apartment in a way that reflects a desirable lifestyle. InStyle Direct picks furniture, decor, and accessories that create a cohesive and aspirational atmosphere. Here are some top-quality refurbishments that have yielded astonishing results for London landlords.

The right furnishing and refurbishment can transform an ordinary apartment into a highly desirable living space, ultimately increasing its selling price. Whether it is the latest in premium furnishings or a bespoke requirement for a custom apartment, here are a few furniture packages that can maximise the selling price of your property.

3. Renovation and restoration

Some period properties are in dire need of updates, but the owners do not wish to splurge. In such cases, a simple makeover can offer a quick, budget-friendly alternative to a complete home refurbishment. Case studies have demonstrated that properties that have been professionally redecorated have commanded higher sale prices than those in need of cosmetic improvements. See how a few essential, low-cost renovation and restoration efforts can completely transform an apartment’s appearance.

4. Modernising the interior

Londoners often have an affinity for sleek, contemporary design. By upgrading the interior of your apartment with modern fixtures and furnishing, you can create an attractive living space that appeals to a bigger audience. Even replacing outdated light fixtures with stylish pendant lights or installing new kitchen appliances can instantly elevate the overall look and feel of the apartment.

One of our landlord clients in Central London decided to spruce up his apartment’s interiors with a modern design approach, including a minimalist colour scheme, clean lines and high-quality finishes. As a result, the property sold for 20% more than similar apartments in the area that had not undergone refurbishment.

You can also choose a personalised interior design service. When selling a property, the right decor can create an emotional connection and increase the perceived value of the property by showcasing its full potential. In a city known for its design-conscious residents, paying attention to decor details such as colour schemes, furniture choices, and overall aesthetics can make a significant difference to the selling price.

5. Smart kitchen makeovers

Kitchen makeovers have a massive impact on the selling price of properties in the UK. For instance, a terraced house in London recently underwent a kitchen renovation that included new appliances, updated wall cabinets and stylish countertops. The modernised kitchen not only added to the visual charm of the property but also increased its value. As a result, the house sold for 15% more than comparable properties in the same area with outdated kitchens.

Even small changes like repainting cabinets or changing cabinet hardware can give your kitchen a fresh and appealing look. Kitchen makeovers can be a wise decision to command a higher selling price in the competitive UK housing market.

6. Flooring and lighting

Flooring and lighting play a crucial role in the overall appearance of a property. Consider replacing worn out carpets with hardwood flooring or high-quality laminate. In rooms with poor lighting, installing new light fixtures or adding more natural light through windows or skylights can make the space feel brighter and more inviting.

How to boost the value of your UK property before selling

7. Optimising outdoor spaces

Outdoor spaces are highly coveted in London, particularly in areas with limited green space. If your apartment has a balcony, terrace, or garden, make sure these areas are well showcased. Consider adding comfortable outdoor seating, vibrant plants, and ambient lighting to create an inviting outdoor oasis.

8. Decluttering and staging

Cutting out the clutter from your property can create a more spacious and welcoming environment for potential buyers. Consider storing unnecessary items, organising closets, and arranging furniture in a way that focuses on the property’s best features. Staging your property can help buyers envision themselves living in the space, increasing its perceived value.

9. Effective DIY improvements

In addition to the strategies mentioned above, these smaller DIY enhancements can add value to your property.

● Updating bathroom fixtures and faucets
● Installing energy-efficient lighting and appliances
● Adding smart home technology
● Improving storage solutions

Boosting the value of your UK property before putting it on the market requires meticulous planning and astute improvements. Focusing on kerb appeal, sprucing up the decor, upgrading the kitchen, flooring and lighting, decluttering, and artfully staging the property can substantially improve its desirability and worth. Even modest DIY touch-ups can yield positive results. If you need our help in getting your property ready for a quick sale or let, please get in touch.


About the Author

Established in 1958, Benham and Reeves is one of London’s oldest, independently owned property lettings and sales agents.  With specialism in residential sales, corporate lettings and property management in prime areas of London, the company operates from 21 prominently located branches and 15 international offices.