What adds most value to your property?

Sarah Coles
Housing prices
Housing prices



If you're trying to sell your house, the chances are that you have spent an inordinate amount of time worrying about the things that you could do in order to add value to your property. The good news is that there's really no point in worrying - or putting in the hours of backbreaking work into home improvements - because a huge number of things that add value have absolutely nothing to do with the property itself.

A number of studies have revealed that you can take the same house, and move it around the country - closer to a good school, further from a station, or simply into a road with a slightly different name, and the value of the property can more than double - or halve.

We have tracked down ten of the things that can have the biggest impact on your property price - including some unexpected quirks, and some things that can add astonishing sums to the value of the property. We have also ranked them in order of the amount of value that studies have shown they bring to your home.



Of course, in some of these cases it's easy to get into an argument about what came first - the amenity or the house price. So, for example, was it the affluent and ambitious parents in the area pushing the children to do well that got good results for the schools, or was it the good schools attracting the parents?
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Likewise, in other areas there's the question of whether the particular feature and the higher house price are necessarily linked - or whether they are both just features of places with expensive housing - like golf courses.

After-all there's every chance that if you looked at the distribution of designer interiors shops, homes containing wooden toys, and proximity to restaurants where the food is served on slates, you could formulate an argument that people were paying a premium to live near them.

But what do you think? Do you agree with the results? Would you pay more to live near these things? Let us know in the comments.

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