I'm a real estate expert - cheap and easy DIY moves will add £7000 to the value of your home with basically no effort

I’m a real estate expert – cheap and easy DIY moves will add £7000 to the value of your home with basically no effort

Property prices are dropping, with the average seller seeing the value of their home drop by £4,159.

And with interest rates at their highest levels in nearly 50 years, the market doesn’t seem ready to stabilize anytime soon.


Real estate expert Jonathan Rowland reveals home hacks that will together increase the value of your home by nearly £7,000credit: shutterstock

But hope is still lost.

Real estate expert Jonathan Rowland of the National Association of Property Buyers tells Kristen Jones a home hack – all of which you can do yourself for as little as £15 – that together will boost the value of your home by around £7,000.

Upgrade your sockets

Replacing old sockets with USB ports will make your home more modern, tidy up the surface area, and banish excess cables.

Jonathan says, “USB sockets are very attractive, especially if they are in the kitchen or next to the family where people generally charge their technology.

“Plus it looks a lot nicer than a big, stocky three-pin plug.”

DIY cost: About £10 each
Value Added: £500

Light up your room

In addition to moving heavy furniture away from windows and hanging mirrors in darkened rooms, LED lights will brighten your space and make it more inviting, and often more energy efficient as well.

“People are very worried about electricity costs,” Jonathan says.

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“Installing LED lights may result in a B Energy Performance (EPC) rating which is very attractive to potential buyers, particularly in the current climate.”

DIY cost: From 5 GBP
Value Added: £1000

Filling cracks in the wall

Even the smallest cracks and crevices can make your home look tired and dirty.

Arm yourself with a tube of filler to cover blemishes and wipe down a quick coat of paint to finish.

“If potential buyers see cracks, they may assume there is a structural problem or be envious of the idea of ​​spending money on decor,” Jonathan explains.

“If you’re concerned that it’s more than just shrinkage cracks, get them checked out first.”

DIY cost: £5
Value Added: £2000

make your way

The first thing buyers will see is your path (if you have one), so make sure it’s weed-free.

Rent a jet washer and remove dirt.

The first thing buyers see is your driveway, so rent a jet washer to make sure it's weed-free


The first thing buyers see is your driveway, so rent a jet washer to make sure it’s weed-freecredit: Getty

“First impressions are important, and if there are oil spills, weeds, and scrapes outside, that might be enough to make people turn away from you without even looking inside your house,” warns Jonathan.

DIY cost: £5 per day to rent a jet washer
Value Added: £500

kitchen tile paint

Tile peels on walls can cost more than £500.

Alternatively, head to your local hardware store to get some tile paint.

Use a roller to apply three or four layers and be sure to sand between each layer to ensure any dust or hair is removed.

“This is a great idea if the tiles are in really bad shape,” says Jonathan. “The improvement is really amazing. But make sure you do it well or else they will see it as just a cover.”

DIY cost: £15
Value Added: £500

Replace your handles

Whether it’s cupboards, drawers, or cupboard doors, investing a few pounds in some new knobs can transform furnishings from dull to designer looking in seconds.

“Tired kitchens can look really drab but add a brass knob and transform an antique space,” shares Jonathan.

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Update your kitchen by “adding a brass knob to turn it into an antique space”credit: shutterstock

“It’s a small change but it can improve the feel of home.”

DIY cost: From 10 GBP
Value Added: 250 GBP

Vinyl rap workshops

Cover paper worktops with inexpensive vinyl wrap. Seems like a real bargain but for a fraction of the price.

Measure carefully before you begin and be sure to avoid placing hot pans on the surface.

Jonathan says, “This is a perfect opportunity to create a blank canvas for potential buyers.

“Seeing a clean, tidy surface that can be used immediately is a hassle-free positive.”

DIY cost: From 10 GBP
Value Added: £500

Cover your lockers

Definitely not worth spending £10,000 on a kitchen or even replacing cabinets.

But there are ways to update it without renewing. A few rolls of self-adhesive film will decorate your doors.

There are ways to update your kitchen cabinet without renovating


There are ways to update your kitchen cabinet without renovatingCredit: Jodi MacLachlan

“If a good cleaning doesn’t work, photographing the doors is a smart option. But again, make sure you do it well or else they’ll notice,” advises Jonathan.

DIY cost: About £10 a roll
Value Added: £500

clean windows

Don’t forget what’s outside your home.

Dirty windows can be a real turn off. They can obsolete the property and it seems like very hard work for potential buyers.

Jonathan says, “This is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to add value if you are able to do it yourself.

“Clean windows mean less hassle and buyers of other jobs won’t have to do it when they move in.”

DIY cost: From 10 GBP
Value Added: £500

Hide your boiler

Even modern boilers hurt the eye in a clean house.

Use a few strips of medium-density fibreboard to make an accessible cabinet to cover the kettle.

You can also paint the outside of the board to match its surroundings.

Jonathan says, “Boxing your kettlebell, if it’s visible, is a perfect way to distract the eye.

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“Just make sure you get a safety check to make sure it won’t cause any problems.”

DIY cost: About £15
Value Added: £500

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