If you are ready to sell your home, it may be worth considering spending some time and money in making it the best it can be.
Sure, it sounds silly to throw away money improving a house you want to get rid of, but by spending smart, you can increase the value of your home and speed up the selling process. After all, if you’re ready to move, you want to find a buyer as soon as you can.
Clean, Clean, Clean!
It sounds obvious, but making sure your home is clean and tidy is incredibly important. Try and visualise your home through the eyes of a prospective buyer – will they notice that frayed carpet or dirty curtain? Will they spot the limescale around your sink that needs a good scrub? The answer is, most probably! Thoroughly clean and scrub your home before any house viewing to maximise its appeal and keep potential buyers happy. This is especially as real estate in UK is a competitive market and you’ll definitely want your house to stand out in the best ways possible.
By cutting back on some of your belongings, you can make your home more appealing to buyers. Of course, some things like family photos and ornaments are essential, but if you like to display an entire collection of sports trophies or your walls are covered in pictures and posters, it may be time to depersonalise. By sticking to a minimal design, buyers will be able to imagine what living there could be like for them. A word of warning; don’t remove all of your personal items, or your home will risk looking clinical or unlived in.
Paint your walls
By giving your walls a lick of fresh paint, you can improve the appearance of your home on a Sunday afternoon – and it’s a cheap way to keep everything clean and modern. Choose colours like cream, white or light grey for maximum impact.
Invest in an extension
Although an unconventional choice, investing in an extension could help you sell your home. If you have money lying around and want to get the maximum amount for your property, investing in a conservatory or extension, like the ones offered at Poplar Home Improvements, could work for you.
New figures suggest that a £20,000 extension could add up to £50,000 to the value of your property, so it makes perfect investment sense. If an extension is too expensive, planning permission can be a great selling point, so be sure to request permission for an extension from your local Planning Office.
Your kitchen is the most important room
When prospective buyers come to look at your home, the kitchen is often the most critiqued room. Let’s face it – it’s the room where we’ll spend a lot of our time, preparing meals and socialising – so it makes sense to deliver a great first impression that will impress buyers. What’s more, making improvements to your kitchen can bring a 49% return on investment, so it makes sense to spruce up yours if it hasn’t been touched in a while.
Before they even step foot inside of your home, prospective buyers will be checking out your home exterior. Where possible, make improvements to the paintwork, the colour, the garden, and your pathway and entrance ways. You want to make people feel welcome and safe, so don’t let a badly designed exterior ruin your chances of selling your home.