How to add value to your house before selling
If you’re thinking of selling your home, you probably want to add value to it and get the best return. This doesn’t mean you have to spend thousands of pounds on expensive restorations. Instead, a few simple upgrades can help you get the asking price you want.
Or, if you’re in a rush (maybe you need to move for a new job, or you’re selling a house quickly after a divorce), don’t worry. Our list of easy tips to update your home will help you add value and find the perfect buyer.
Give the kitchen some love
The heart of many homes—the kitchen is a special room. And, not just for cooking in. It’s also a space to spend quality time with family and friends.
There are lots of ways to spruce up your kitchen and give it a fresh lease of life. Consider replacing the old sink, any rusty taps and tired cupboard doors. To add character, install new lights, paint a feature wall and add a coloured rug by the sink. Don’t worry if your kitchen appliances are a mismatch either, just purchase neutral front panels and your kitchen will look brand new.
Make your bathroom zing
After the kitchen, the bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home. So, you want to impress prospective buyers by making it look amazing.
You can easily install a few updates yourself like a new toilet seat and give the wall a fresh lick of paint. It’s also worth hiring a professional to re-grout tiles and bleach the bath. New flooring and new lighting can do absolute wonders to an old bathroom too. If you buy new towels and mats, make sure they match your new bathroom colour scheme.
Beautify the garden
A garden can add significant value to your home, even more so if you add a few features to entice prospective buyers.
A freshly cut lawn is a must. Or if you don’t have space, install a small section of artificial grass and surround it with a selection of plants. If you’re selling your home during the colder months put in a small firepit—this will help prospective buyers imagine spending time in the garden in all seasons.
Update furnishing and fittings
First impressions really count. So, one of the things all buyers will notice is the floor. Areas that experience high footfall like hallways and room entrances will need more attention.
Get a professional to clean carpets, or if they’re worn, replace with new ones. It will help make your home look new. Or, if you have really nice wooden flooring or much desired parquet flooring, get it polished and show it off.
Likewise, if you have a fireplace, remove clutter around it or any furniture obstructing it, so viewers can see it as soon as they walk into a room.
Get the lighting right
Dark rooms can make your home appear small and unattractive. Replace old light bulbs and add extra side lamps to brighten up corners and less lit spaces.
Remove curtains and re-arrange furniture, so you allow as much natural light in as possible. Rather than just having on/off switches, install dimmers so you can control the light and its energy saving.
Check your electricity plugs. Charging adaptors and plug extension leads are an eyesore — they can make a room feel cluttered and messy. And if they’re in bad condition they’re a fire hazard.
To create a more modern feel, install new USB powered outlets to replace bulky adaptors that stick out of the wall taking up space
Extra space for storage is another highly sought-after feature. Before selling your house, declutter. Empty wardrobes and cabinets by at least 30 per cent so when buyers peek inside they look spacious rather than overflowing with your stuff.
You can also, customize your storage spaces by adding extra cabinets or removing internal doors to open up the space even more.
Finally, just as you’re ready to open your doors to buyers, add some small touches.
Things like fresh flowers in each room, an electrical oil burner to create a welcome aroma and open doors will help make buyers feel welcome to view your home freely.
We hope, these simple tips will help you make your home look modern and attractive and hopefully stand out in a busy market.