Tips from the Expert – How to Increase the Value of Your House

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 by

In today’s edition of Tips from the Expert, we asked Tyrena Dangerfield, Refurbishment Manager at Douglas & Gordon to share her top five tips on how to up the value of your house. You can use these tips if you are preparing for a sale now or any time in the future.


1. Presentation, Presentation, Presentation

A flat or house must look like a show home as initial impressions are often made the moment someone walks towards or through the door. Dressing and styling is an important factor, presenting a property in the best possible light often comes down to small yet vital details. This will make it stand out in a competitive market, and a little effort and investment will go a long way. Make beds with white or neutral linen, lay tables, put towels in the bathroom (preferably white), add flowers, coffee table books and a few candles.

2. De-clutter and De-Personalise

A property needs to feel like a home, but be sure to remove personal items so anyone can imagine themselves living there with their belongings.

3. Finish and Condition

Clean, repaint where necessary, steam clean carpets or replace if needed. It might also be a good investment to update bathrooms and kitchens with a neutral finish and make sure all surfaces are clear.  Repair grouting, sealant and anything that looks neglected so that prospective tenants or buyers know they are committing to a well looked after property.

4. Outside Appearance

Both the entrance and garden (if any) need to be clear and in tidy order.  Remove dead plants, weeds and unwanted items, and redecorate externally. This provides a good first impression.  

5. Smell and Warmth

Open windows to air the property before viewings. Switch on the heating to keep it warm and welcoming and make sure all the lights are working.


These improvements can help you increase the value of your house as well as make it more appealing to prospective buyers. If you need assistance with refurbishing your house or flat, contact our refurbishment department and they will ensure you get the most out of your investment.