Call us today: 01722 322683


April Estate Agent Update

Our April Estate Agent Update comes from Lou Fletcher from Piccolo Sales and Lettings. This month, she talks about how you can upgrade your house to increase your home’s value. By increasing your home’s value now, it can mean you can buy more when you do decide to move. That could mean more space, a larger garden, or a swisher location than you thought was possible.

April Estate Agent Update

But where do you start?

Well, we talk to buyers looking for a home in the Wilton and Salisbury area every day. And from their reactions on viewings, we’ve pulled together the qualities and features they love most to help you make upgrades that count.

So whether you’re selling soon or adding value for the future, let’s take a look at the most popular improvements to bowl over buyers and sell your home for more.

Start with the free stuff

There are plenty of ways to add thousands to your home without spending a penny, and with a weekend of work and thought, you can make a dramatic difference.

Take a picture of each room to see how they look on camera (your phone will do) – we can get used to bulging bookshelves or blocked sightlines, and a photo can act as a new pair of eyes.

Rearrange, relocate or even remove pieces of furniture to unlock valuable extra floor space and give any spare rooms a clear purpose and lived-in look.

Banish any suggestion of bursting at the seams by clearing excess clutter from storage spaces, including under the stairs, kitchen cupboards, and fitted wardrobes.

Check if you have any unused items hidden away that you could use for styling and accessorising to add extra homely touches.

Clean everything inside and out – not just hoovering and dusting, but also exterior paintwork, garden paths, both sides of windows, skirting boards, light switches and door handles.

The big takeaway is that a stylish, sparkling and uncluttered home makes great photography and puts a spring in the step of every viewing, whatever the time of year.

Make low cost improvements

Buyers pay more for a home that looks loved because it stops them from worrying about nasty surprises and hidden costs, so look for opportunities to fix minor repairs and make small investments.

Repaint peeling or chipped exterior woodwork like window frames, your front door and fence – your kerb appeal has a big impact on how buyers see your home before they even come in.

Treat any room with tired decoration to a fresh coat of paint to elevate its look and feel, then use our Photography Secrets blog for extra styling tips.

Refresh bathrooms and kitchens by removing mould and limescale from tiles, grouting, sealant and taps, fixing drips, and repainting or replacing rusty radiators.

Upgrade outdated or bland handles on internal doors and kitchen cupboards for an instant style lift.

Bring your garden or balcony to life with plants, flowers, seating, textiles and lighting for an attractive outdoor space to use all day and night.

For more inspiration, take a look at our previous blog that’s full of ideas to show your home’s heart by highlighting all of its inherent character.

Elevate your eco score

Eco-conscious buyers are here to stay, and with yet another hefty jump in energy costs upon us, your home’s energy efficiency and performance have never affected its value more.

Plug up icy draughts by sealing gaps around windows and door frames, then fit draught excluders to letterboxes, keyholes and under doors.

Insulate everywhere you can. It’s the foundation of energy efficiency, so check where you can trap in the heat, from the roof to the walls and under the floor.

Add smart upgrades to your heating system, including room thermostats, a central control system with zones, and wifi compatibility with access from your phone when you’re in or out.

Research switching to solar power or installing a heat exchange system to reduce energy consumption and generate your own electricity.

Replace single glazing with double or triple-glazed windows in wood or aluminium – focus on retaining your home’s character at the front, and opening up views at the back.

Extend or remodel your home

Banks and surveyors use square footage when valuing property, which makes increasing your home’s size and usable space an effective way to supercharge its value. And there are many options.

Integrating an empty adjacent space could add a spacious bedroom suite, extra kids’ rooms, a home office, or a family-sized kitchen hub spilling onto the garden.

Attached or integral garages can be turned into rooms, but consider the impact on your home’s value if you don’t have any off-street parking.

Loft conversions are firm favourites for adding extra accommodation without having to extend – make sure you install a proper staircase that’s easy to climb!

Combining separate rooms and spaces can increase the usable floor area, add more light, and modernise a layout.

Even getting planning permission and commissioning architects’ drawings can substantially increase your audience of buyers and how much they’ll pay.

If you’d like some help or suggestions for extending or remodelling your home to attract more buyers and get the highest return, we’re here to help you make a profitable decision.

Inject luxury and design upgrades

As well as turning everyday routines into moments of pleasure, adding five-star upgrades can make your home stand out from the crowd, raise the local price ceiling, and even create a whole new market.

Install a state-of-the-art designer kitchen with marble or stone worktops and a full range of integrated appliances from premium brands like Miele, Siemens, and Bosch.

Add spa-quality to your bathroom with features like a freestanding tub, walk-in rainfall shower, heated floor, natural tiles and high-end taps.

Upgrade the flooring in living areas to solid or engineered hardwood to add the rich, durable and timeless style of natural timber.

Replace boring radiators and plastic switches with coordinated designer models in modern metallic finishes like brushed steel, brass, or black.

Repurpose an under-utilised front lawn into off-street parking, including applying to the local authority for a dropped kerb.

Employ a professional landscaper to transform an uninspired garden into a stylish oasis using natural materials with zones for eating, planting and relaxing.

The best return from luxury or design upgrades comes from those that deliver the biggest step up in the experience and lifestyle of your home with a focus on high-quality, elegant fittings and finishes.

Piccolo Sales and Lettings

Would you like to boost your sale price?

If you own a home in the Wilton and Salisbury area, Piccolo Sales and Lettings would love to help you achieve the maximum potential value for your home.

Call them on 01722 580059 or drop them a line at to chat about your plans with their friendly and expert team.

Contact    Back to blog

Please note. While we take care in choosing local property partners to recommend to our clients, we cannot be held responsible for the service they provide.


There may be a fee for mortgage advice. The actual amount you pay will depend upon your circumstances. The fee is up to 1% but a typical fee is 0.3% of the amount borrowed.

  • Our Customers

    We’ve been helping people with their mortgage and protection needs for over 15 years. Find out what our happy customers have to say about us.

    More info
  • Recommend Us

    At Your Mortgage Expert, we believe that something good is worth sharing. So, if you’re happy with our service, why not tell a friend?

    More info
  • Contact Us

    If you would like to speak to us about your mortgage and protection needs, please get in touch

    Contact us

Our handy mortgage calculator

Our mortgage calculator can help you get a better idea of how much you can afford to borrow, and how much your mortgage will cost you in monthly repayments.


Useful Resources

  • Legal and privacy information

    Your Mortgage Expert Ltd is an appointed representative of Mortgage Advice Bureau which are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

  • 5 Reasons to use a mortgage broker

    We often get asked why use an Impartial Mortgage Broker like Your Mortgage Expert. Here’s our five top reasons.

  • 5 Tips for remortgaging your property

    Adam Nanson from Your Mortgage Expert shares his top five tips for remortgaging. These will help ensure you save time, money and stress.

  • 5 Reasons to remortgage your home

    Thinking about remortgaging but not sure whether it’s for you? Read our handy guide to find out if a remortgage is suitable for you.

  • “This was knight in shining armour stuff. Our conscientious mortgage broker was a delight to deal with from the off and the key to our dream home.”

    Max and Martha, First Time Buyer customers from Cardiff

  • “Being in the Armed Forces I am away a lot, meaning it can be hard to attend meetings, answer emails and especially hard to fill in forms. Adam and his team were extremely helpful and understanding of our situation and provided help wherever they could. After our initial meeting where we provided our required details, we actually did very little of the hard work, apart from signing a couple of papers.”

    Callum and Verena, First Time Buyer Armed Forces Mortgage Customer from Salisbury

  • “I expect my circumstances were fairly rare, but the help and guidance I received from you was invaluable. I feel that the personal touch you provide offers something that appeals to the soldier in me.  During my service I always liked to have a point of contact, someone who was the “go to” specialist in their field.  This provides a degree of assurance about a situation and it was refreshing to find that same degree of certainty transitioning to civilian life, particularly with something as important as a mortgage and buying our family home.”

    Andrew and Helen, Armed Forces Mortgage Customers from Salisbury

  • “Even though we were used to having a mortgage on the rental property, paying a mortgage on your own home was still a bit of a shock after years of having married quarter rental deducted from your pay at source. But, at every step along the way, we felt reassured, understood and that we really mattered to Adam. Trust is an important concept for military families and we trusted Adam.”

    Fiona and Graham, Armed Forces Mortgage Customers from Wilton

  • “As a contractor, it was difficult for me to obtain a mortgage through normal channels so it was great to find a mortgage adviser that specialised in contractor remortgages and understood the challenges. In addition, I had fairly tight timescales, so wanted someone who could make the process quick and hassle free.”

    Andrea, Contractor Mortgage Customer from Warminster

  • “I am a contractor, therefore require specialist mortgage advice. Adam has now concluded two mortgages for us (new mortgage then a contractor remortgage), and is currently arranging a buy-to-let mortgage for us. He also arranged our life insurance for us. We keep returning to him for some great reasons – he is always available, and ready to help. He provides great advice, and always ensures that he meets our requirements exactly. He is prepared to explain things in such a way that even a lummox like me can understand, and his level of service has remained consistently good over the last three years.”

    Matt, Contractor Mortgage Customer from Southampton

  • “Adam’s advice on the different types of critical illness and life insurance were really useful. He also worked with us to decide the best combination of policies that would work with our existing policies to cover our needs. When doing this he happily tweaked quotes for us until we came out with an arrangement that was both affordable and would provide us with the level of cover we thought appropriate.”

    Hannah and Steve, Protection Insurance Customers from Stamford

  • “Adam provided us with factual advice and also with options of which we were unaware. The advice on gifted equity was something we hadn’t heard about and this assisted us hugely to ensure repayments worked within our affordability. He provided us with a very personal service that made the journey from initial call, to mortgage offer and completion hassle free. We have already recommended Adam to someone and will continue to recommend his services in the future.”

    Saul and Laura, Home Mover Mortgage Customers from Salisbury

  • “Mike and I collected the keys to our flat this weekend and we couldn’t be happier. It’s been a long time coming but we got there! We just wanted to say a MASSIVE thank you for everything you have done for us so far. We’ve really appreciated all the help, advice and reassurance you’ve given us all the way through this process. It’s really nice to have a friendly voice on the other end of the phone.”

    Mike and Bethan, First Time Buyer Mortgage Customers from London

  • “Without question Adam found me a deal the estate agent’s broker couldn’t. He was very easy to contact whenever I needed him and he took time to explain the ins and outs of the Help to Buy equity loan scheme mortgage that he found me. I would rate him five out of five and will be back to use him when the time comes to remortgage or move.”

    Chris, Help to Buy Mortgage Customer from Southampton

Contact us

"*" indicates required fields

Monday to Friday: 9am – 5.00pm, Saturday and Sunday: Closed

We will use your name, email address and contact number (‘personal information’) to contact you about the services you have requested or respond to an enquiry you have submitted, which will require us to share your personal information with financial institutions who can assist in the provision of financial services to you including product providers, lenders, banks, insurers, fund managers, platform providers and third party para-planners. For further information on how your information is used, including disclosure to third parties, how we maintain security of your information and your rights in relation to the information we hold about you, please see our Privacy Policy:

Your Mortgage Expert is a trading name of Your Mortgage Expert Limited which is an appointed representative of Mortgage Advice Bureau Limited and Mortgage Advice Bureau (Derby) Limited which are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Registered Office Address: 18 New Canal, Salisbury, England, SP1 2AQ. Registered in England Number: 08924507.

Sorry to see you go

Please note, by clicking on the link you will be departing from the regulated site of Your Mortgage Expert Ltd. Neither Your Mortgage Expert Ltd nor Mortgage Advice Bureau are responsible for the accuracy of the information contained within the non-regulated site.