If you are considering selling or letting a property later this year, you might be thinking about making some improvements to it. A recent Home Improvement Report carried out on behalf of Barclays highlighted some of the UK’s likes and dislikes in the field of home improvement in recent years.
Firstly, here are some things that used to be fashionable but are now the biggest turn offs for potential buyers or tenants. Top of the list is an avocado coloured bathroom suite. The other items in the top five that have had their day are woodchip wallpaper, stone cladding, flock wallpaper and artex ceilings.
Amongst other things you might want to consider replacing are carpets in bathrooms, pebble dashing, strip lighting, linoleum flooring and synthetic food finishes.
Next, have a look at the colours the rooms are painted. It may seem obvious, but people really dislike lime green walls! The same goes for other bright shades such as purple, orange, red and yellow. Get some neutral colours up instead.
The survey also asked what would be the most desirable home improvement. By far the most popular was a designer kitchen, followed by an en-suite bathroom, swimming pool and games room. A well maintained garden was another popular choice.
It is unlikely that you will be able to provide such expensive items and see your money back in the short term. However, there is much to be gained from changing the doors to your kitchen units, for example, or installing a heated towel rail and some mixer taps in your bathroom.
Not forgetting that it is the ideal time to get out into the garden and really bring it under control.
So there are some simple things you can do to make your property more attractive to any potential buyers or tenants, some obvious some not quite so.