How to Increase the Value of Your Home Before Marketing

From large extensions to minor improvements, floorplansUsketch have suggestions on how to increase the chance of selling in a tricky market.

  1. Target Market

Firstly, we would recommend researching your target market. There’s no point doing lots of work on a property which isn’t going to add value to the final price tag. A little online research will help to figure out what type of buyer may be interested in your home, such as a young family or a retirement opportunity. Figuring this out could give you a clearer idea of what alterations could be made to attract prospective buyers.

  1. Exteriors

How presentable is the exterior of your home? Don’t forget, first impressions are lasting impressions. Ensure the front of your property is easy on the eye, with grass and hedges trimmed, gutters cleared and windows cleaned – this is called ‘kerb appeal’, how well your home appears from the road. If you’re looking to freshen up your front door, Country Living has found that 2018 is the year of bold, coloured statement doors, with purple being deemed the most popular. For inspiration, research your local area to see how other people have prepared their homes.

  1. Don’t Forget the Hallway

Often, homeowners forget about their hallways when selling. They are usually narrow, cramped spaces for shoes, coats and general junk, however, being the first space buyers see on entering the property, the hallway holds more importance than it’s given credit for. Ensure your hallway is painted a pale colour to maximise the light and put up a mirror to give the illusion of more space. Try to put shoes and coats into discreet storage places to limit the amount of visible clutter.

  1. Loft Conversions

One of the easiest ways to add square footage to your property is converting a loft. Be sure to gain advice from a surveyor or architect and remember building regulations will be required.
Research suggests that a loft conversion can add an average of 12.5% onto a selling price – add an en suite bathroom and you could create a secluded master bedroom which will likely add more value than it costs to complete the conversion.

  1. Wasted Assets

Do you have a garage which is never used, a spare room full of junk, or an unnecessary wall? Turn your wasted assets into selling points! That cluttered spare room could be transformed into a snug or study. That unused garage could be converted into a home office or workshop. If it isn’t load-bearing, that wall could be knocked down to create more space. None of these need to be expensive tasks, but they can add a lot of value to your home.

  1. Kitchens and bathrooms

Kitchens are a key area that buyers look closely at; if you can’t afford to upgrade a tired-looking kitchen, consider replacing or painting cabinet doors or even just the handles, declutter the worktops and make sure it’s spick and span. The same applies for bathrooms: if you’re not planning to change any of the fixtures, consider replacing any old taps with new, freshen up the grout or add some colour with new towels and extras.

For further inspiration, home renovation programmes by property experts such as Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp can offer invaluable advice. Your local estate agent may be able to give you some top tips after valuing your property or you could even contact an architect for a fresh perspective on your home.

All views expressed in this article are those of floorplansUsketch, always seek professional advice before proceeding with alterations or renovations to your property.

Start 2018 Off With a Property Refresh


Happy New Year to all our clients!

With 2017 a distant memory and 2018 getting into full swing, we’re able to reminisce over the past year. 2017 was a memorable time for floorplansUsketch, having spent a great part of the year building our new 3-storey office, as well as expanding our fantastic Sri Lankan team. We’re grateful to all our clients for your repeat business over the past year and we are looking forward to a busy, prosperous 2018 for everyone.

As we start the new year, now is the time to beat the winter blues! With that in mind, we’ve come up with five simple ideas for how you can start 2018 with a fresh home and clear head, allowing you to feel revitalised and motivated for the forthcoming year.


Keeping items for a rainy day is all well and good, but before long you may find that you’ve hoarded a number of unnecessary things from the past. In order to declutter, start the housework with only a small section of your home at a time and it will make the cleanse seem like less of a menial task. Don’t forget to check under the beds, where we tend to put all the items which we thought we would ‘definitely’ need eventually, but haven’t touched in months.

Spring Clean

Once you’ve removed the clutter from your home, it gives you the space needed for a deep clean. Now is a great time to dust in all those hard to get to, easy to forget places, such as behind the bed and wardrobes. We promise, although it may seem an arduous task, once this deep clean is complete you will feel rejuvenated and ready to take on anything.

Reposition Furniture for a Quick and Easy Makeover

Although moving home is not on the cards for everyone this year, it is great to spruce up your home with a quick, easy makeover. Some people choose to change the colour scheme of their home and re-decorate, others simply reposition furniture within a room. Simple changes can transform your opinion on your home.

Treat Yourself in the Winter Sales

You might be exhausted from shopping before Christmas, but the Spring is the perfect time to treat yourself to some new home purchases. Many shops offer generous discounts on kitchen appliances and furniture, so it’s the perfect excuse to use your Christmas gift-cards to purchase something new for your home. Although it’s tempting to buy numerous new outfits to fill out your recently decluttered wardrobe, our favourite must-have winter purchase is new bedding or throws. Choosing simple accessories can change the look of a room without breaking the bank. Another bedroom purchase which is essential to consider is your mattress. It is recommended that you replace your mattress every 5-10 years, and with the sales on, now is the time to take advantage.

Set Property Goals

It’s a great idea to set yourself a few realistic property goals for 2018. Did you have your heart set on rejuvenating your garden or renovating your loft? Research suggests that you’re more likely to stick to a few goals rather than trying to change everything at once, so choose those that are not only attainable financially, but can be reasonably achieved with the time and resources available. Once you’ve set these goals, note them down, put them somewhere you will see them often (such as the fridge) and set dates for when you would like each goal achieved. You will find that setting dates will help you plan towards these goals and that new prospect won’t seem like so much of a dream after all.

Now that you are aware of our property refresh tips, keeping your home spotless and rejuvenated for the new year should be a simple task. If, however, you are looking to bite the bullet and move to pastures new, here at floorplansUsketch we deliver a quality, cost effective floor plan drawing and property photography enhancing service to estate agents, property professionals and private individuals around the world.