So you’re thinking of selling your house, and you’d like to increase its value before you take it to market. Good thinking; the property market is a competitive area and so sellers are doing their best to get the biggest return on their properties. The more obvious suggestions are the ones that cost the most to do – adding an extra bedroom will increase the value of your home but will likely cost you more to build one. With that in mind, here are some things you can do to bump up your home’s value but not pay the earth.
You’d be amazed at what the simple act of doing a little spring cleaning can do for your home’s value. Organising your junk and de-cluttering your house not only makes your home look clean, but it also gives the impression of more space, which is always a plus point for potential buyers.
One of the most off-putting things about houses on the market is bad or unusual odours. You might not notice it, but certain smells can get stuck in the fabric of clothes, in your furniture and even the walls. Using fresh smelling candles when buyers arrive can help improve the atmosphere of the home, in turn improving its value.
Start in the kitchen
The kitchen is one of the most important features of a house for buyers, so this needs to be impressive. If you’ve any old, broken or haggard looking appliances in your kitchen, now would be a good time to upgrade them. It also helps if the look and feel of the kitchen is neutral and appeals to as many different buyers as possible (unless you’re targeting a very specific kind of buyer).
Be warned that as much as a good kitchen can improve the value of your home and make a sale more likely, a badly decorated kitchen will do more harm than good. If you’re not completely confident with enhancing the kitchen yourself, consider getting in touch with a professional tradesperson for advice.
Remember that first impressions always count. Your house may look like a buyer’s dream on the inside, but it might look like a dilapidated box on the outside. Walk outside your house, turn around and look at it from the point of view of someone who is seeing your house for the first time. This is when you’ll start to notice any plants that need trimming or replacing, or any clutter that can be removed from the front of the house. If you invest in plants that are resistant to drought like lavender and felicia plants you won’t have to maintain them too often, so their costs are less than other plants.
A fresh coat
It’s surprising the difference a new lick of paint can do. You don’t have to be a master at colour palettes or accent walls or any of that fancy home decorating nonsense, but repainting a room in a neutral colour with a universal appeal will make the room look fresh, clean and in keeping with everyone’s tastes. New buyers will be worried about a number of other costs, such as home insurance, so not having to worry about redecorating may be what swings it for them
Remember that when potential buyers see your house, they want to see what they would do with the house if it was theirs. The trick is to make the house look spacious and light, and you’re onto a winner.
Published in: Home Improvement