When someone mentions home improvements, what first comes to mind? Costly builders, dusty loft conversions, planning paperwork and a lot of mess. But, there’s no denying an attractive renovated home, will sell faster.
Don’t worry if you don’t have the money or the time for a large-scale makeover. Here are a few simple tips to help you transform your home and increase its value.
First impressions count
On average, research shows that we spend only 27 minutes deciding if we want to buy a property or not.
So, you need to impress your potential buyers as soon as they step off the kerb. Here are a few ideas to beautify your outside space;
- Make sure the whole area is kept impeccably clean and tidy
- Give tired doors and window frames a fresh coat of paint
- Repair or replace tired features e.g. house numbers, front gate
- Perform minor DIY repairs e.g. fill in any brickwork gaps or replace broken paving slabs
- If you have a front garden, make sure all plants and shrubs are cut and cared for
- Add a few plants pots for decoration
Clutter can make a property feel small, dirty and dark —.it certainly won’t add value to your home. But, it can be hard to get rid of stuff.
Here are few pointers to help you declutter a little less painlessly;
- Empty storage cupboards and wardrobes – apparently you should aim to remove at least 40% of your things so invest in some storage boxes and start clearing!
- Remove heaving curtains and unnecessary bulky furniture
- Clear all table tops and minimise items on shelves
- Pack-away all family photos, trinkets, memorabilia, and the kids’ Picasso attempts
A garden alone can raise the value of your home — it’s like an extra room. So, if you have one, however big or small, use it to your advantage.
Here are a few budget ideas to spruce your garden;
- Fix any broken fences or fill in gaps. Wooden screening doesn’t have to be expensive and you can easily install it yourself.
- Paint old wooden garden furniture to give it a new lease of life
- Tidy up the garden plants and mow the lawn.
- If you’re selling during the colder months, build a fire pit and add fairy lights to show the garden functionality.
Finish off any previously abandoned DIY jobs. Also, check your home for any small defects that you can fix quickly and cheaply. For instance, apply fresh sealant around baths and sinks, redo and peeling paintwork, check taps for drips, oil doors and change lightbulbs.
Don’t dismiss small imperfections as these will come to the attention of buyers as they view your property and may encourage lower offers. It’s worth fixing them.
Think of your home through the eyes of your viewer and ask yourself what do they want to see and how do they want to feel? Make sure every room has been restored to its original purpose. For instance, if you’ve been using the living room as a gym, probably best to put away the running machine and return the sofa. Also, move furniture so it’s not blocking attractive features e.g. wooden flooring or fireplaces. Buy Fresh flowers or brew fresh coffee on the day of viewings to add a touch of home.
Hopefully, these simple yet effective tips will help you stand out in a busy market. But, if this sounds too stressful, you can always use a company like House Buy Fast who will take care of all the paperwork on your behalf.
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