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Our experienced estate agents in Colchester share their top tips for increasing your property's resale value

Whether you've lived in your current property for two years or 20 years, there are numerous ways you can increase your property's value in preparation for sale, from updating your bathroom to creating the perfect outside space. 

Our experienced estate agents in Colchester, Essex, share their resale renovation tips: 

Create a picture-perfect garden 
Prospective buyers, especially families, love a beautiful garden which they can see their kids playing in or see themselves entertaining friends and relatives in, which is why it pays to clean up your garden when you're preparing to sell. Your garden should not only look great, but it should be practical, too. If possible, ensure you have a defined entertaining space such as a patio area as well as luscious planting, ideally with a hint of colour, and some outdoor storage such as a shed or, at the very least, room for one. However, make sure your garden isn't a concrete jungle – everyone likes a lush green lawn with at least enough space for the kids to kick a ball around and play.

Throughout the sale process, whether it takes weeks or months, make sure your garden is maintained to keep it looking its best at all times. In summer, water your plants and lawn frequently and prune bushes and trees and, in autumn and winter, have your broom and rake at the ready to clear away leaves scattered on the ground.

A fresh lick of paint is non-negotiable 
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to freshen up your home is to paint. Before putting your home on the market, get it looking its best in preparation for those all-important real estate photos with a fresh lick of paint – ideally in neutral tones. Most prospective buyers not only want a home they can put their mark on but they also want to know that the property has been loved and lived in, which means creating a neutral palette that is warm and homely, rather than painting every wall white. If you have quirky taste, get rid of any overly vibrant or dark colours, and replace them with neutral tones such as white, beige, and brown, as well as pastel tones such as yellow and blue.

Give your kitchen timeless appeal 
The kitchen is the heart of the home and, consequently, one of the deciding factors for many prospective buyers. After all, a new kitchen can be costly which means a tatty and old kitchen will have buyers seeing pound signs almost instantly, potentially giving your property a thumbs-down against others they've seen. You don't have to opt for a complete kitchen renovation, however, we recommend ensuring you have quality white goods in place, neutral tones throughout, and fresh decor – you can replace and update cupboard doors and handles quickly and cheaply.

Flooring is also a considerable factor so ensure you have tiles or wooden flooring in place rather than cheap vinyl or laminate, for instance. Lastly, always consider lighting and ensure you're making the most of not only the natural light source but also look at other sources of lighting in your kitchen, and throughout your entire property. If your current lighting and fixtures are not suitable or look a little worse for wear, update or replace them.

Consider extending your main living area 
If your property is just too small, consider an extension such as the addition of a conservatory. A high-quality conservatory will cost around £5,000 - £7,500 to complete and boost your property's value by around 5%. On average, if you stay within budget, you could be looking at a profit of £5,000 - £6,000 on your investment. 

Invest in your bathroom 
Just like the kitchen, buyers will pay considerable attention to your bathroom. If your bathroom feels dated, dirty, or simply isn't practical, update your flooring to high-spec tiles or wood, as well the key features of your suite such as the bath, sink, and toilet. Even though 'wow factor' features such as a free-standing bathtub will impress, it isn’t necessary and will rarely add value to your property – instead, focus on affordable essentials predominately.

Regardless of budget, there are numerous ways you can add value to your property and increase the likelihood of it selling faster – paint, prune, and purchase quality fixings for a quick, stress-free sale.

If you're ready to put your property on the market, contact us and speak to one of our experienced estate agents in Colchester, Essex, to arrange a free property valuation.
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