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Interior design mistakes: Seven things that will devalue your home

If you’re looking to sell your home, you’ll want to make sure its value is as high as it possibly can be. There are several tiny things that can drop the value of your home that you might not even realise. Luckily for you, these mistakes are easily fixed. Express.co.uk chatted to Thomas Goodman, property expert at MyJobQuote.co.uk to find out the top seven mistakes to avoid to ensure your property is worth as much as it should be.

Poor workmanship

DIY is one of the tasks Brits have had to get better at in the last year of lockdowns and restrictions, but many of us do a rubbish job.

Mr Goodman said: “A spot of DIY might seem like an innocent task to do around the house, but after time you’ll be able to tell the difference.

“Professional work is second to none in quality, when buyers step into your home and agents do a valuation, they will take note of details. Your DIY tiling job might look appealing to you, but amateur work doesn’t have the same finish.”

Uneven floors, unsafe electrics and poorly fitted kitchen units are just a few things that could bring down the value of your property.

Mr Goodman added: “Whilst some jobs can be to a high standard, you should always hire a qualified tradesman for areas including plumbing, heating and gas. If these jobs are not completed to a high standard, they may also be a potential hazard.

“Completing DIY jobs on the cheap usually backfires in the long term and will only give the potential buyer and surveyor a chance to negotiate on selling price.”

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Dull exterior

The outside of your house is as important as the inside, so don’t forget to work on the state of your front door, front garden, and fences.

Mr Goodman said: “Your exterior is the first thing people see when they arrive at your door. Estate agents name this as ‘kerb appeal’. If your garden is unkept this will set the tone for the inside of your house.

“Artificial grass might be a low maintenance option, but it can deter some people away, especially if they are a young family.

“Broken fences are a common feature of an unkempt garden. Fences add a sense of privacy to a property, so ensure yours is fixed and solid.”

Your exterior doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, but vibrant flowers, plant pots and cut grass will make a big difference to the ambience.

Old kitchens

The kitchen is the heart of the home and buyers will be put off by an out of date kitchen.

Mr Goodman explained: “In terms of properties, kitchens have been revolutionised the most due to technological advances. From the way we cook to the size of the breakfast bar, they have changed throughout the years.

“The three most important elements are the tabletops, cabinetry and appliances. A modern kitchen will help to sell a house.

“It can be expensive to have a complete overhaul and refit the entire unit, but potential buyers might be put off if they must visualise the amount of work they need to do.”

Mr Goodman recommends replacing any old-fashioned features such as taps and cabinet doors and reinventing your kitchen back to an original state.

He added: “Removing personalised features and stripping back to neutral tones will make a big difference. Ensure everything is sparkling clean, especially cooker hoods that can attract a lot of grease.”

Inconsistent flooring

Flooring can be overlooked, but it’s an integral part of any home.

Many buyers are after hardwood flooring, Mr Goodman said.

Mr Goodman said: “You can get away with carpet in bedrooms, but when it comes to the main areas of your house, such as hallways and living rooms, consistent hardwood flooring is desired.

“Carpets are harder to clean, it can also be a breeding ground for hair, especially in households with pets.”

The most important tip is to keep everything consistent and one of the worst mistakes people make is having two different types of hardwood flooring in high traffic areas of the house.

Mr Goodman added: “If you’re going to switch to hard surfaces, ensure you have the budget to cover the investment in all rooms. This will avoid having a variety of different textures and colours throughout your home.”

Darkened rooms

It’s no surprise that a dark room will instantly shift your mood and feel uninviting, Mr Goodman said.

He added: “A bright room with plenty of natural light will attract more buyers. If a room is painted in dark shades of blue, for example, the room will appear dull, even next to artificial lighting.”

A fresh lick of white paint and new lighting will entice buyers, but make sure you opt for curtains in these rooms to let the light bounce off the walls and brighten up the room even more.

Replacing bathroom features

Out of date and broken bathroom features will drop the value of your home.

Mr Goodman said: “In bathrooms, ensure all plumbing is working, clean discoloured limescale and repair any cracked tiles.

“One common mistake sellers make, is to replace the only bath in your home. Baths are a popular option for many people who like to wind down after a busy day.

“For people that don’t use a bath, they have opted for a space-saving shower instead. Of course, this can make your bathroom appear bigger, but it can devalue your property if a bathtub is in the criteria of a buyer.

“A compromise is to free up space in your bathroom by purchasing a bath that combines the two together.

“This factor also depends on your house, if you reside in a family home with one bathroom, at least one bath is required. However, if you have multiple bathrooms in your home, you can keep one solely for the shower and one for the bath.”



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