It’s fair to say that not all home improvements have been created equal, either in terms of their cost or their potential return.

For example, building a conservatory in your home can cost up to £5,750, while delivering an estimated ROI of 108%. The latter is considerably higher than other home improvements, although it’s a little more expensive when compared with installing a new kitchen or bathroom.

Not only this, but some home improvements are more effective than others when trying to sell your home. These include:

  1. Declutter (But Don’t Depersonalise)

 We’ll start with a modification that costs little or nothing, but one that’s crucial if you’re to successfully sell your home.

We’re referring to decluttering, of course, which involves you removing excess items and material possessions from your home in order to optimise the amount of floor space and encourage buyers to envisage themselves moving in.

Whether you put these possessions into storage or get rid of them completely, however, you should strive to retain some semblance of personality and ensure that this runs throughout the home.

The reason for this is simple; as it appeals to buyers who may lack imagination and affords them some ideas with regards to decoration and layout.

  1. Repaint Your Home

 If your home already has a coat of paint throughout, the chances are that freshening this up is the last thing on your home.

However, this can have a huge impact when looking to sell your home, while such a low cost renovation can also be completed in a relatively short period of time.

To achieve the best possible outcome, we’d recommend refreshing your walls with a lick of neutral paint, and there are a couple of key reasons for this. Firstly, it creates an appealing but non-intrusive colour scheme that encourages buyers to visualise themselves living in your home, which is key when converting interest into a firm offer.

Secondly, this can create the illusion of space and make your home appear bigger and lighter in equal measure, which is particularly important when selling slightly smaller properties.

  1. Understand the Importance of First Impressions

 The best and most effective home improvements are often quite simple; as they enable you to both save money and focus on the complex conveyancing challenges associated with selling a property.

With this in mind, you should also take the time to invest in the “kerb appeal” of your home, in order to create a positive first impression on buyers and present your property in a favourable light from the outset.

According to Forbes, it only takes seven seconds to make a first impression on others, and this is definitely relevant when visiting a property for the first time.

So, take the time to declutter your garden and apply a fresh coat of paint to your front door, while clearing away any debris and freshening up your brickwork.

Sam Allcock