With many Brits opting to invest in improving their current homes ready for a future sale, rather than buying something elsewhere straight away, our brand ambassador Lucy Alexander gives her top tips on the best ways to do just that.
Lucy says: “As someone who has invested so much time and energy in property over the years, whether it’s renovating, developing or decorating, I’m delighted to be able to share my advice with those who are trying to get the right look for their homes. Whether you’re looking to move in the coming months or are waiting till the time feels right, the market will continue to remain competitive so it’s important to ensure your home is ready.”
- Understand the value: When renovating, start with the room that will add the most value, this is usually the kitchen. Identify the bits that look out-dated and prioritise those. Once your kitchen is right you can then move on to other rooms.
- Be sensible with the budget: Think about your total budget and how much you’re willing to spend and try to stick to it. This will help you identify the most pressing needs and which areas will require the most investment.
- Consider your lifestyle: Think about your lifestyle and who will be living with you, as this can have a massive impact on your decorating choices. If you live with children and/or pets, you might want to choose a different style to those living with adults only or a small number of people.
- An investment extension: Building an extension can add a significant amount of value to your home. No matter where the extension is, it’s likely to make a difference. Particularly, a loft conversion which typically adds 10 per cent to the property’s value.
- Potential buyer appeal: Hard floors (e.g. wooden floor or tiles) tend to go down better with potential buyers as it’s easier to tell how new they are. Old and worn carpets can put a buyer off instantly as it’s hard to tell how long they have been down for and other factors such as dust-mites and allergy concerns can also come into play.
- Add value fast: Laminate flooring is a quick and hassle-free way to increase the value of your property ready for a sale – and an ideal choice for the kitchen or bathroom. Cheaper than engineered wood, this flooring is perfect if you’re on a budget.
- Go green: Artificial grass is a smart way to update your outdoor space, including balconies and gardens. It’s affordable, low maintenance and a good way to create the illusion of additional outside space, which is very appealing to potential buyers.
- Set the foundation right: Underlay is a really worthwhile investment. Not only does it provide additional insulation (to stop those heating bills creeping up) it also adds extra comfort underfoot. A good underlay is great for bedrooms and living rooms as it can really add a luxurious feel to your carpet.
- Create the illusion of more space: Luxury vinyl tiles are really good for zoning areas of an open plan home. Zoning area creates the illusion of more space and is a smart way to appeal to buyers who love open plan living.
- Colour is everything: Choose the colour of your carpet wisely, especially if you’re looking to stay in your property for the long-term. If you have young children or pets, opting for a cream or beige might not be the best choice. Darker colours like navys and greys can work really well in a busy house.
- Consider well-trodden areas: In addition to the colour, choose the texture of your carpet carefully. Again if you want to invest in a carpet that will last, opting for a cord plain carpet for example, is more hard-wearing and suitable for a family household, versus a softer and more luxurious carpet.
- Make an instant change: Investing in a few rugs is a cost effective way of updating your home interior. Rugs can instantly change the appearance and feel of your property and you can change them seasonally to appeal to buyers.
- Plain vs. Stripes: When choosing the right carpet for your staircase consider opting for vertical stripes. They can elongate the look of your staircase and give your home an open and airy feel. They’re also great for hiding wear and tear… so ideal for a busy household.
- Opt for vinyl: Vinyl flooring offers a good solution to any room and it’s available in a number of different finishes, such as tiles and wood. It’s easy to install and works anywhere in the home, so perfect if you’re looking to do up your home ready to sell fast.
- Help from the professionals: If you’re unsure about fitting the flooring yourself get it fitted professionally. Carpetright can arrange for flooring to be delivered straight to your door and fitted by a Which? Trusted Trader approved fitter.