ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOME

The Chronicle - - Your Money -

A MIR­ROR and plan­ning per­mis­sion are af­ford­able ways you could add value to your home – and bag a buyer at the best price says York­shire Build­ing So­ci­ety.

Ap­ply­ing for plan­ning per­mis­sion costs £172 in Eng­land and £166 in Wales but could be enough to in­spire a po­ten­tial buyer to think about a kitchen ex­ten­sion or new bath­room.

You only have one chance to cap­ture po­ten­tial buy­ers’ at­ten­tion, so en­sure win­dows and the front door are clean and tidy. If paint­work looks shabby, a few tins of paint is a small price to pay for wow­ing your buyer.

In­ter­nally, make nar­row dark areas look larger and lighter by adding mir­rors and out­side, a tidy gar­den can be a big seller. Pretty pots and gar­den fur­ni­ture give buy­ers the idea of the gar­den as us­able space rather than sim­ply a patch of grass.

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