To sell or stay in the family home


*Collaborative post

The decision to stay or sell up can be difficult if you’re undecided about your future in your home. We have been living in our current home for just over 12 years now and we are undecided what to do about the future. There are aspects in our home that we absolutely love (such as our kitchen and our sons bedroom) and certain things that we would really like to change (hello bathroom and unsightly wood chip wallpaper up the stairs) but we’re in two minds whether to save our hard earned cash and use it in a new house or spend the money and make the changes to improve our current home.

If you’re in the same situation there are five ways that can add value to your home which will both bump up the asking price if you want to sell up and will also improve your home for your own benefit.

Replace the bathroom suite

The bathroom is one of the main rooms in a home that gets used single every day. Refresh your bathroom suite with a new toilet and sink to bring your bathroom up to date. Baths and shower units can be replaced later to suit your own preference but these main two facilities will provide your bathroom with a good foundation to work from.

Get double glazed

Installing double glazed windows, from local firms such as Elitis, who install double glazing in Stafford, can make a real difference to the ambience inside your home; not only can they help flood your room with light but they will reduce noise pollution from busy roads outside and keep the heat in the home during the colder months. We replaced a wooden single glazed bay window a couple of years ago and it’s really helped keep the living room warm and it’s a lovely room to relax in.

Elitis double glazing windows

Images courtesy of Elitis

Replace broken roof tiles

If you’ve got any broken roof tiles that are obvious from the road, these could hinder a potential sale. Home buyers may be concerned about the condition of the roof so eliminating any areas of concern on the outside of the home will help reassure buyers that they’re buying a well looked after home. Remove moss and other debris from the roof to help keep it in good condition.

Refresh the kitchen

The kitchen is often the heart of the home and often reflects the personalities of the home owners. Instead of replacing the kitchen in its entirety, refresh the kitchen walls and ceiling with a lick of paint, replace the flooring if needed and ensure there is plenty of light to best show off the space.

Add some kerb appeal

As much as we may want to deny it, we make decisions based on looks every day. Our homes are no different and potential home owners will make a decision about your home before they even set foot in it. By making the front of the home neat and tidy will attract people wanting to see more of your home. Adding plants, refreshing the masonry paint and adding a house number will all help to achieve this.

composite door

Image courtesy of Elitis

I’ve already made a small (but extensive list) with home improvements that I think we’ll need to do if we decide to sell up. I’m hoping doing them earlier rather than later will help reduce my stress levels in the long run!

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  • Reply Plutonium Sox 07/09/2016 at 9:51 pm

    Great tips! Funnily enough we’ve done or are in the process of doing all of those but still can’t decide whether we’ll stay in the long term or not!

  • Reply Tracey Williams 08/09/2016 at 10:14 pm

    Ah it is such a difficult decision what to do. We have been in our home for nearly 16 years, and every Spring I seem to get the urge to move. Thankfully my sensible husband reminds me of how lovely our house is, and how low our mortgage is. So we aim to do a few things to the house each year, just like you suggested x

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