When you decide that it is time to sell your home, whether you’re looking to downsize or you just fancy a relocation, one of the biggest questions you’ll want the answer to is; ‘how much is my property worth?’. This answer given can dramatically impact your next steps and it goes without saying that everyone will want to get as much as they can for their home. 

There tend to be two groups of things that can affect your house valuation, some that are out of your hands and others that you are in full control of. To open your eyes to both, Moovingo have looked into them below. We have also put together a helpful guide to adding value to your home so, you can consider what is worth doing before you put your home on the market. 

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Things that are out of your control 

Whilst there isn’t anything you can do about certain aspects, it is beneficial to be aware of them so that you can use them to your advantage for private house sales. The things that can add the most value to your home include; 

  • A driveway or a dedicated parking space 
  • A garden 
  • The type of property you own (being detached tends to be better than a mid-terrace)
  • The aspect of the property
  • Location within a development 
  • Opportunity to extend
  • Proximity to city centre or nearest town
  • Is the property not overlooked
  • Nice neighbours  
  • Good local amenities 
  • Access to public transport 

If you do benefit from any of the things above then be sure to use them when advertising the sale of your property. Even if you don’t have all of these things, focus on the things you do have and make a point of mentioning them.  

Things that are in your control 

Thankfully, there are also lots of things that you can do to increase your property’s value and some of them are much easier than you may have realised. Ultimately, the more effort you put into your home, the more likely you are to achieve a premium price for it. 

Structural integrity

Improving structural issues is one of the first things you should do when selling your property in Ireland. Taking the time to sort all nagging issues will prevent any nasty surprises when potential buyers carry out surveys on your home. A few things to specifically look out for are; rising damp, a leaking roof, rotten timbers, bulging walls and also subsidence or movement issues. A vendor survey can be obtained, this will highlight any issues and you can take the steps to fix them or supply the survey to potential buyers so they are aware and can factor it in. This will reduce the risk of a sale falling through due to a poor survey.

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Cleaning and decluttering 

In general, having a good declutter and proper tidy up can make a big difference to your valuation and overall sale. Not to mention undertaking an overall deep clean. Don’t forget things like your windows and windowsills, doors and door handles, skirting boards and ceiling coving and also, any outdoor areas like your patio or decking during this deep clean. 

Bathroom and kitchen 

These are probably the two rooms that can most dramatically increase the value of your home. You don’t necessarily need to completely rip out these rooms and start again, but it is worth modernising them. Think about the obvious things such as your kitchen worktops or your shower screen, these are easy and inexpensive to change but can instantly add value. 

The exterior 

Lastly, we can’t stress how important it is to ensure that the outside of your home looks good. Whilst improving your interior is important, first impressions are everything so the exterior is vital. Give your home’s facade a once over, tidy up your driveway and ensure that any green areas are well looked after. 

Adding value to your home 

All in all, using the tips above, you can make a big difference to the overall value of your home. To reiterate what was mentioned above, in the case of property valuation, you get out what you put in. The best estate agents in Dublin will confirm this, the more effort you put into improving your home, the higher your valuation will be. 

If you would like to book a free valuation of your home with a trustworthy estate agent, visit the Moovingo website today, we will be able to arrange this at a convenient time for you. Moovingo is a real estate agent rated 5 out of 5 on Google, so you can trust that our valuation will be fair and reliable. Our valuation team are all fully licensed estate agents with plenty of experience and can also provide you with tailored advice for adding value to your home, ensuring that you get as much as possible for your property.