Five easy ways to increase your property value in a weekend

Bumping up the value of your property doesn't necessarily mean adding an extension or revamping your kitchen. In fact, there are some small jobs you can do that could give it a real boost, and you've probably got time for them this weekend.

Work on your kerb appeal

Take a day to clean your windows, mow the lawn and get rid of any weeds. For a few helpful tips on maximising your outdoor space at this time of year, read our ten steps to a colourful spring garden. Repainting your front door and adding new hardware (a letterbox, number and knocker) can really impress potential buyers, too.

Make small rooms look bigger

Hanging large mirrors in the hall can give the illusion of a wider or longer room. It'll only take an hour or two of browsing secondhand or home décor shops and about ten minutes to hang them. The entrance hall is the first room that potential viewers will see during a viewing, so making it feel light, bright and airy is a good way to start on a high.

Perk up your bathroom

Give the bathroom a deep clean from top to bottom. Re-grout your tiles so that they look as good as new and remove any worn or mouldy sealant. A fresh lick of paint and some fluffy towels will give this small room that final homely finishing touch.

Work on your eco-friendly credentials

You need to get an energy performance certificate (EPC) when you're selling your home. This shows potential buyers how cheap your house is to run. A better EPC rating could mean a higher offer. There are some easy ways to boost your rating, such as draught-proofing your doors and switching to energy-saving lightbulbs.

Re-target your spare room

This one is another easy staging strategy. Work out who's most likely to buy your property: if you live in a family-friendly area with good schools, it might be someone with children or plans to have them. Alternatively, if you live in a hip neighbourhood in the city centre, it's likely to be young professionals. Dress your spare room accordingly as a nursery, office or a welcoming guest bedroom to show the space at its best.