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When does doing up your home end up doing yourself out of money?

It’s not the opening to a poor joke but a serious question we thought we’d answer for homeowners in Derbyshire.

Not all home improvements add value to your home’s worth in the eyes of future buyers. It can often be the reverse.

Here are five things to avoid if you do not want to de-value your property.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planning Pain – It’s surprising the number of homes we see which have made improvements without the proper planning permission – this can cause significant problems when coming to sell it. Don’t do it.

Poor Quality DIY – Badly plastered walls, sloppily painted walls, poorly laid paths, and ill-fitting kitchen doors turn on-off buyers. If you are getting work done it often pays to get in an expert unless you’re a whizz at DIY.

Daring Décor – If you have decorated your home in unusual and ‘far out’ colours you could be putting buyers off at worst or at best giving them a bargaining tool. Some buyers may try to negotiate on the basis that ‘to get it looking how we want it will cost X number of pounds.'

Cladding Calamity – Not such a problem nowadays but stone cladding and pebble dashing was once the scourge of successfully selling a home. It does you very little favours when it comes to attracting buyers willing to pay the asking price.

Less Mess – If your home is untidy and cluttered, it will reduce online interest for starters as the photos will highlight this. This is the most straightforward tip of all. A big clean up and sort out will add thousands to your home’s potential value.

 

Ultimately life is for living so if your current home is your forever home do what makes you happy.

But if it isn’t your happy ever after, consider the above points carefully. We’re experienced in all things property related, and we would be glad to give you some pointers to set you off on the right path.

Thank you for reading - Matt

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