Traditionally, spring is the ideal time to put your home on the market. Gardens are usually looking good and the evenings lengthen while 2020 should see the recent gloom of the election and Brexit behind us.

Checkatrade recently conducted nationwide research to gauge what UK homeowners are thinking about the current housing market. The majority (68%) of homeowners are expecting to be staying put for the next year at least. Some 51% are considering carrying out renovations to their property.

This led Checkatrade to ask property exerts to suggest which home renovations would be most likely to help sell a home. The message was loud and clear.

Renovate the kitchen and bathroom.

Buyers will often look to negotiate the price of a property down if the bathroom or kitchen needs replacing. Not only that, but their estimates of how much the work would cost are usually far too high.

This being the case it makes absolute sense for the homeowner to grasp the nettle and have the work done before putting the property on the market. Having said that, the experts added that any such renovations should be to a reasonably high specification.

Finally, they suggested that a small kitchen would benefit from knocking through to the dining room to create a more spacious kitchen/diner.

So, if you are thinking of selling your home in the New Year, it pays to make sure your kitchen and bathroom are looking their best.