Top tips to add value to your property
It's a really good time to buy a property at the moment, as prices stagnate across the UK.
But it could be a tough time for those desperate to sell, with many sellers having to face a stark choice: Accept a lower offer or face the possibility of keeping your property on the market for a very long time.
So here's a handy guide for sellers looking to ensure they attract the highest possible bids for their current homes - if you add some of these features to your property, it should yield a better return.
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Research by Duette.com, a website specialising in blinds of all things, reveals how much the following features could add to the value of a property:
The average Brit will spend about £8,000 to make sure their kids live next to the best schools, so if you're in a good catchment area, make the most of that.
If your house features a driveway or a garage, you could up the overall price of the property by £4,000 to £4,500.
One of the areas subjects to the most requests is the garden, and a south-facing one could earn you £5,000 extra.
Apparently people are keen to live their own version of 'The Good Life', so if the property boasts a vegetable patch, that can add on an extra £400.
With tech becoming even more evolved, some would pay on average £3,500 for smart home features - such as lighting and heating you can control from your phone.
Finally, if you have nice neighbours, don't hesitate to advertise it. People would be willing to pay £2,000 for some occasional friendly chit-chat.
Here is a full list of the property features that add value, and by how much:
Swimming pool - £10,000
· Close to good schools - £8,000
· Bar at the end of garden - £6,000
· South-facing garden - £5,000
· Room to expand - £4,500
· Garage - £4,500
· Driveway parking - £4,000
· Smart home features - £3,500
· A second reception room - £3,000
· Nice neighbours – £2,000
· Solar panels - £1,500
· An open fire - £1,000
· Jacuzzi bath - £1,000
· Exposed brickwork - £850
· A tight-knit community - £500
· Vegetable patch - £400
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