4 Things that Could Be Reducing the Value of your Home

If you want to make the most money from your home sale, then you have come to the right place. This guide will show you what could be working against you and your property’s value, so you can take steps to make sure that you are getting the most for your money.

Unfashionable Furnishings

If you have a unique taste then there is nothing wrong with this. That being said, it could be working against your home’s value. Remember it’s in the interest of the DIY and home improvement industry to create and push trends. The main reason for this is because they know that they can make a lot of money from it. The issue is that these then go off-trend and as a homeowner, you need to redo everything. If you want to do something about this, then you need to make sure that your home has a timeless design. If you can do this, then you may find that you can go for years without having to redecorate again. This is great as it frees up your budget and it also makes it way easier for you to maximise your home’s value.

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Japanese Knotweed

Japanese knotweed is a major issue. It was favoured by gardeners purely because it resembles bamboo and it thrives. In this day and age, however, it can cause major problems for homeowners. Japanese knotweed can grow up to 10cm in a single day and it is very aggressive as well.  The roots can grow up to 14 feet deep and if it isn’t growing actively, it can lay dormant for over 20 years. If you want to stop this from becoming an issue for your home then one thing you can do is cut the canes so they do not grow. You can also apply glyphosate as a weed killer.

Structural Damage

Over time, you may begin to notice little things. It may be a missing roof tile or even a crack in the foundation layer of your home. It can be very tempting for you to ignore issues such as this, but that being said, you have to make sure that you deal with them immediately. One problem will almost always lead to another, and this can make it way more expensive to deal with. When an estate agent comes to look around your home, they will factor into account issues such as this. If you want to stop this from affecting your home’s value then look into roof replacement if you suspect that your roof is too far gone, or if you suspect that there are underlying structural issues.


Pets can easily knock 5% off your home’s value. Nobody is saying that you should not keep pets, but you do have to be mindful of the pets that you keep and even how you keep them. Dogs are full of energy and they are certainly nice to have, but they can cause damage to your home by biting, scratching and even walking muddy prints through your home. Pet odour is one of the biggest deterrents when you are having someone view your home, so you need to make sure that you take this into account where possible. If you want to get your home valued then make sure that you ask the opinion of a trusted friend or even a family member. Get them to walk around your home and ask them if they can smell anything.

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