The Best Ways to Add Value to Your Home on a Budget

When it comes to selling your home, houses in tip-top condition are the most likely to attract buyers and achieve the highest possible asking price, which is what every seller wants.

But, if you’re planning on selling, you’re unlikely to have a huge budget and probably don’t want to spend a fortune on a house you’ll soon be leaving, which is why we’ve come to the rescue.

We’ve put together our top tips on how to add maximum value to your house with minimum budget, and by following them, you’ll make your house look its absolute best without denting your bank balance too much. So before you invite an estate agent out for a property valuation, make sure to read our guide.

1. Give your kitchen some love

Give your kitchen some love

Kitchens really can make or break a sale – everybody loves a great kitchen, and as they’re so costly to replace, houses with good ones sell for a lot more than those without. So, when you’re contemplating home improvements that will add value to your property, make sprucing up your kitchen a priority.

You can completely transform a kitchen without having to spend loads by installing new worktops and kitchen doors, which avoids the costly expense of replacing your units. If your doors are in good condition, you can reduce costs even more by having them spray painted by a specialist company or by painting them yourself with cupboard paint to give them a new lease of life. Add new handles too for added wow factor.

New tiles and flooring can also have a similar affect and can be replaced cheaply, helping to really bring the kitchen up to date and make it look newer than it is.

Finally, don’t forget the little details – invest in new taps and replace dirty and greasy lighting and window blinds to make everything look fresher.

All the above can easily be done for less that £1,000, but it will completely transform the kitchen into a space that buyers will love.

2. Decorate and swot up on interior trends

Decorating your home

Giving your home a new lick of paint will really freshen it up and add value by creating a great first impression. It’s a super cheap way to transform a house and by painting it in light, neutral tones, you can easily create a brighter, more polished-looking home that appeals to buyers. 

Swot up on interior design trends too, as although they do come and go, most buyers love homes that have on-trend interiors and feel very ‘now’. Scour home magazines and interior-style blogs for inspiration on the hot trends of the moment that you can easily incorporate into your home.

Finally, make sure you get rid of anything dated, including woodchip wallpaper and aertex ceilings. These can be a huge turn off for buyers, so it’s often worth paying a plasterer or professional decorator to sort them out and create a more modern look.  

3. Update your bathroom

Update your bathroom

Bathrooms, just like kitchens, can make or break the overall look of a house, so give your tired bathroom some attention to get the best possible asking price for your home.

As with kitchens, you don’t need to replace the whole bathroom, as just a few simple tricks can work wonders.

To make your bathroom look its best, replace any dated or worn tiling, or just re-grout if it’s looking grubby but your existing tiles are fine. Invest in some stylish new taps to create a wow factor, re-do all sealant to make everything look fresh and hide any unsightly pipework to create a sleek looking room.

Then give it a good clean, add a mirror to make it appear bigger and finish off the look with a couple of potted plants to add interest.  

4. Make the best use of space

Making the best use of space

Buyers always want as much space as they can possibly get with their money, so make sure all your rooms look as spacious as possible when selling.

Rearrange furniture to create more floor space, but if things are still looking cramped, it’s a good idea to put larger items and any clutter into storage to create a more spacious feel before you sell.

Light curtains and well positioned mirrors also help to create the illusion of more space, so it’s worth spending some time and money making these small changes.

5. Get everything serviced and repaired

servicing your home to add value to it

It’s a great idea to get everything serviced and repaired before selling, as it makes buyers feel like the house is well looked after and it means they’ll have no reasons to try and knock any money off your asking price.

Get your boiler serviced, have any chimneys swept and make sure all your windows and integrated kitchen appliances work. If anything needs repairing, pay to get someone in to do it and keep receipts and warranties for all the work done, as a buyer’s solicitor will ask for them.

6. Create kerb appeal

Add value in an affordable way with kerb appeal

The outside of your property is the first thing potential buyers will see, so make sure your outside space looks it best to create a great first impression.

Out front, de-weed any pathways, trim back hedges, paint any peeling wood work, clean and repair guttering and give your front door the wow factor by giving it a lick of paint and replacing door furniture. A couple of potted plants outside the front door will finish off the look nicely.

Then it’s time to tend to the garden. Trim back bushes and trees, get rid of any dead plants and leaves, de-weed and mow your lawn if it needs it. Give all paving, patios and decking a good clean too – a pressure washer can transform a dirty surface in minutes.  

If it’s summer, it’s a good idea to dress your garden when conducting viewings too – lay out a table and chairs in a sunny spot, so people can imagine themselves sitting out there in the sun. Plant a few bright flowers too, to add colour and give more life to the garden.  

7. Be security and energy conscious

Make your home secure in an affordable way

Buyers are likely to ask questions about home security, so make sure your house is as secure as possible to ensure it appeals to them. Install window locks on all windows and ensure your door locks meet current standards. If not, it’s worth replacing them so they do.

Ensuring your house is as energy efficient as possible is also a great way to add value to your home on a budget. Make sure you’ve got loft insulation and if not, install some. Check other areas people might ask about too, like the under-stair cupboard and insulate them as well. 

8. Deep clean

cleaning your home before selling

Finally, give your house a deep clean to make sure it looks its best before putting it on the market. Give every surface, including ones we often forget, like windows and ceilings, which are often covered in cobwebs, a thorough clean and move all furniture to clean behind and under it.

Cookers, ovens, sinks and toilets are all things that look awful is they’re dirty, so make sure they are all spotless too.

Make sure you tackle your carpets too, and if there’s any stains you can’t remove yourself, it’s worthwhile paying to have them professionally cleaned to make them look like new.  

We hope you’ve found these tips useful and can use them to add value to your property on a budget. With a little time and effort, plus a small spend, it really is possible to transform your house from drab to fab and achieve maximum asking price.   

Best Places for First-Time Buyers to Buy in Yorkshire

If you’re a first-time-buyer looking to buy your first home in Yorkshire, but aren’t quite sure where to choose, then this is the guide for you.

We’ve scoured the county to pick out the best cities and towns to buy your first house and set up home, based on house prices, local amenities and employment prospects.

From the big cities of Leeds and Sheffield, to the historical city of York and smaller towns like Huddersfield and Skipton, there’s a perfect location for every first-time-buyer in Yorkshire. First-Time Buyers are in many ways in a prime position when it comes to moving home and buying a property, not only do they avoid the usual process of attaining a property valuation, they are also often the first choice for those selling their property, as they don’t carry with them the pressures of being in a chain.

With masses of big-name companies based in the county offering great employment opportunities and much lower house prices than in the south of the UK, the county is fast becoming the place to be for those looking to take their first step onto the property ladder.


The Tetley in Leeds

Leeds is the biggest city in Yorkshire and home to numerous big company headquarters, so there’s an abundance of great job opportunities available and houses to suit a variety of first-time-buyer budgets.

It’s a vibrant city full of brilliant nightspots, eateries, shops and cultural offerings, making it a popular choice for young people looking to buy their first home.

Slap bang in the middle of the country, Leeds is also well connected to the rest of the UK and is on the doorstep of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, so you can be out of the city and surrounded by beautiful countryside in less than 20 minutes.  

Areas popular with first-time-buyers, include Burley and Kirkstall, which are both close to the city centre and have their own train stations, up and coming Crossgates and sought-after Meanwood, packed full of new bars and restaurants.    

Prices in the city are also affordable, with the average price of a first-time-buyer property standing at just over £183,000.  


Sheffield Peace Gardens

Sheffield is a big, well connected city, with great amenities and lots of big employers, including SIG, BT and Nationwide, so it’s great place for young professionals looking to set up home. 

Average house prices in the city are relatively low too, so you can get plenty for your money. The average price for a semi is just under £185,000, with popular suburbs including hip Kelham Island, cosmopolitan Broomhill and Ranmoor, which is popular with students.    

It’s also easy to get around thanks to the Supertram that seamlessly links the city, and is well connected to London, with regular trains to the capital taking just over two hours. Leeds and Manchester are also both less than an hour away by train and the beautiful Derbyshire countryside is just on the city’s doorstep, making it a great location for those who want to escape city life at weekends.

Sheffield also has the biggest student retention rates in Britain, with more students staying in the city after finishing uni than anywhere else in the UK, so young people obviously think it’s a great place to live.


York Minister

The historical city of York oozes charm and there’s an abundance of period homes and well-designed apartments available to buy.

As well as its historical treasures, York has thriving shopping and nightlife scenes. With two Universities, York is also emerging as a creative hub, so there’s some great job opportunities available.  

From the city’s main train station, there’s regular trains to London, Leeds and Edinburgh, plus it’s less than an hour away from the beautiful north Yorkshire coast.

Areas popular with first-time buyers in York include up-and-coming Acomb, affordable Tang Hall and Bishopthorpe Road, which is massively popular with young professionals. Although the average price of a home in York comes in at just under £300,000, there’s plenty of good-sized first-time-buyers homes available for under £200,000.    


Huddersfield View

Nestled between Leeds and Manchester, Huddersfield is a popular place for first-time buyers to set up home.

Its boats really affordable houses, and its close proximity to both Leeds and Manchester makes it an attractive place for young professionals, as both cities are easily commutable from the town.  

Huddersfield has plenty going on its compact town centre too, with lots of quirky restaurants, shops, night spots and live music venues to choose from.

House prices in the town are well below the UK average, with the average price of a semi standing at just over £170,000. Terraced properties within the town are even better value, with an average price of just over £123,000.

It’s a town where you’ll get a lot of property for your money, with the added bonus of being close to two major northern cities.


Hull Town Centre

Hull was recently named the UK’s most affordable city for first-time buyers by Zoopla, so it’s a place where you can get plenty of property for your budget without needing a huge deposit.

Located in the east of Yorkshire, Hull was named the UK City of Culture in 2017, which has helped raise its profile and resulted in numerous new attractions opening. Since winning the coveted title, the council there has also committed to spending millions to maintain its legacy, so it’s very much a city on the up.

As well as some brilliant shops, eateries and top cultural attractions, Hull also boasts its own port, so travel to Europe by ferry is easy.

With the average price for a property in the city standing at just over £140,000, there’s plenty of affordable homes for first-time buyers to choose from.


Bradford City Centre

Just north of Leeds sits the multi-cultural city of Bradford, where the average price of a property is just over £134,000, making it super affordable for first-time buyers.

The ethnic vitality of Bradford’s high streets and bazaars make it an exciting place to live and its close proximity and good transport links to Leeds mean it’s a popular place for people looking to buy their first home.  


Skipton first time buyers

Located in North Yorkshire and often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales’, Skipton is a beautiful, bustling market town.

It’s the perfect location for first-time buyers who want to live life at a slower pace than cities offer, but who still want plenty to do, thanks to it’s eclectic mix of eateries, pubs and shops.

If stunning scenery is your thing, then Skipton is for you. The average price of a terrace in the town is £191,500, so it’s an affordable place to set up home.