When you think about ways to add value to your home, your first thoughts probably turn to expensive renovations or extensions.
And it's true, of course: Adding square footage will usually add considerable value to your property.
But if you're on a budget and still keen to give your property's valuation a little push, there are still many things you can do to add some value and secure a quicker sale.
Do windows add value to your home
There's no doubt windows are one of the most important aspects of your property.
Over the past five years, the number of homeowners choosing to improve their existing properties rather than move has risen from 3% to 15%.
That's four million homes. A considerable number.
Installing double glazing windows, meanwhile, was ranked in the top-five renovations by homeowners looking to add value to their properties.
And it's estimated that installing energy efficient and secure windows like this can add up to 10% to your property's value.
There is a 'but', however.
If you're lucky enough to own a period property, such as one of the many Victorian, Edwardian or Georgian properties across London, installing modern double glazing could actually lower the value of your home.
Buyers of these kind of properties seek traditional features and that could include metal sash windows or wooden-framed units.
So, always be mindful of doing more harm than good when replacing windows at your home.
How to dress a window to add value to your home
If you've forked out on new windows for your property, the best way to aid any valuation increase is to show them off in their best light.
Firstly, give them a good clean up so they really sparkle.
Then take a look at our window dressing ideas...
Blinds or curtains?
The first decision to make is whether to go for curtains or blinds with your windows.
Generally, black-out curtains work well for bedrooms, while Venetian blinds look great in kitchens and bathrooms.
Living rooms can feel warm and welcoming with some thick, stylish curtains, too.
But if you really want to make a statement, and your budget allows it, have high-end shutters installed on all windows.
If you live in a period home, or cottage, rather than dressing your windows with curtains or blinds, try a rustic looking privacy screen.
If you can get your hands on some tongue and groove boards, too, you could try to make one yourself, meaning you have a truly unique piece of window dressing to show off your home's interior.
For windows that don't necessarily need to be screened fully, like a kitchen window perhaps, consider installing glass shelves instead of curtains or a blind.
Placing small plant pots of some potted herbs on the shelves will add something different to your kitchen space, while also assisting with the privacy you so require.
Use contrasting blinds
If your living room's focal point is its crisp white walls, consider fixing black roller blinds to your windows.
The contrast can look stunning and really appeal to buyers.
You can do the same with curtains, too, if you prefer.
If your property is sleek and modern, wave top curtains can add a little smooth texture to your interior living space.
They pull back neatly and open with neat folds adding consistency to your interior.
Matching curtains and blinds
If you're looking for consistency but also fancy mixing things up a little, try matching curtains and blinds.
Pick a pattern or colour that really stands out and use roller blinds on smaller windows and curtains on larger ones, or in front of French doors.
Used mainly for screening French or bi-fold doors, vertical blinds were also historically used in offices.
Not any more, as they're finding their way into the homes of people who want to add a feeling of height to their living spaces.
If you're looking to add a layer of privacy to your bathroom windows, rather than ordering frosted glass, consider window film.
It simply sticks on to your existing windows and comes in various patterns and designs.
Small window dressing ideas
Small windows can make a room feel exactly that - small.
So, when dressing tiny windows, use blinds with horizontal stripes to help create a feeling of space.
Curtains tend to infiltrate what space there is, so blinds are usually a better option for smaller windows.
Once you have made some of these improvements, why not contact your local Ellis & Co branch to get an up to date valuation.