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We all know that home improvements often increase the value or saleability of your home, but whilst most improvements enhance a property, they generally stay with it when it is sold.
However, there are improvements you can make that will not only maximise your home’s potential, but which you can also take with you when you move. Here are some suggestions:
- Use rugs as a flexible way of improving a floor without going to the expense of permanently fitted carpets.
- How about using freestanding new or antique wardrobes and cupboards that you can take with you when you move, rather than installing expensive fitted cupboards? Freestanding kitchen units can also look fantastic.
- A concertina screen instead of curtains can look effective. Alternatively, a window with a miserable view can become a dramatic feature if you hang a stained-glass design in front of it.
- In the garden, stone garden furniture and small water features can give a sense of permanence, but can be easily removed, as can solar-powered outdoor lights.
- The pandemic certainly played its part in prompting people to work from home. If this is you, or need a playroom, a high- quality timber structure in the garden is an instant, low-cost, alternative to an extension and doesn’t usually require planning permission. (You could use this during negotiations in your sale and take it with you if your buyer pays anything less than the asking price)
- Plants and shrubs in flower beds prefer to stay there, but planted in pots and troughs, not only can they go with you, they will also provide instant effect in your new home.
- Likewise, shrubs in large tubs either side of a front door can not only lend importance to your current home, but also your next one – instantly!
Remember you are offering buyers a home – not just a house but do make sure that everyone is quite clear about what you intend to take with you when you move. Just avoid the phrase “that’s going!” Going with the house or going with you?!
Please feel free to call us on 01225 707342 if you’d like any advice on how best to position your property for sale – even if you’re not quite ready to move yet.