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Written by: Christina Hoghton
Improving your home to add value doesn't have to be expensive, according to the National Association of Estate Agents.

April is National Home Improvement Month and there are many DIY projects that can add value to your property as well as making it more comfortable for you to live in.

The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) says that whether you are selling now or maintaining your home to sell in the future, there are many small home improvements you can address to keep your home in best shape for when the time comes to sell-up.

Martyn Baum, president of the NAEA, said: “Updating and improving your home can seem a daunting task for many, and while a new kitchen or fully fitted bathroom can add considerable value to a home, a lot of homeowners simply don’t have a lump sum to spend – nor feel that it’s necessary.

“In the absence of any pressing structural repairs, there’s a huge variety of more manageable home improvements that homeowners can carry out to increase the value of their home.”

NAEA’s top home improvement tips to boost the value of your home are:

1. The illusion of space

Spend some time reorganising your rooms to make the best possible use of the space. This can involve reorganising the furniture or building shelves to help tidy away clutter.

2. Be your own gardener

You don’t need to employ a gardener or landscaper to spruce up your garden. Simply mowing the lawn, tidying up the patio or planting some flowers brightens up your garden, and this is always a draw for buyers.

3. Be energy efficient

Fitting your home with energy-efficient appliances can add value to your home by promising to knock the costs of bills.

4. Deep clean

Fixtures and fittings that look tired and in need of replacing can be brought to life again with a deep clean. Even the tidiest of homeowners face inevitable wear and tear over the years so it is important to address this.

5. Let in the light

Fitting windows in dark rooms is an easy and cost-efficient way to expand the space in your home without spending a fortune.

6. Small kitchen improvements

Fully refurbishing your kitchen is pricey and can take time. But small things can make a big difference. Pick out the most notable places to improve your kitchen, whether it is a new floor, cooker or cupboard doors, and replace these, rather than the full unit.

7. Take on your own handy-work

Don’t be afraid to pick up the tools yourself to fix small damages around the house – but be careful, anything too heavy or difficult should require a professional.

8. A lick of paint

Painting the walls in your home gives a fresh and clean feeling and will reduce the appearance of wear and tear. A tired home gives the impression that a new buyer is likely to spend a lot of their own time and money bringing it up to scratch so may encourage them to lower their offer.

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