What counts as a home improvement can be a matter of taste. If your heart is set on a whirlpool bath or a landscaped garden, the amount you pay might not be reflected in a higher value, because not all future buyers will appreciate the changes.
Likewise, if you’re repainting, tiling or choosing new appliances, neutral colours like white or magnolia will appeal to a larger proportion of buyers. Generally, pale colours, a lack of clutter and space for a new buyer to impose their own tastes will go down well.
Imagine you were buying your home and looking out for work that needed doing. What would make you ask for a discount on the asking price? Examples might include:
- new boiler
- new carpets needed
- draughts or leaks.
A buyer seeing several of these items could quickly come up with a high-cost estimate for ‘work that needs doing’. As a seller it will probably cost you less to do the work before you put the property on the market.