Once you decide it’s the right time for you to put your property on the market and shop around for your next home, it’s important to make sure that your own place is the best possible state to attract buyers to the front door.
Of course, it’s not about pouring unnecessary funds into a costly renovation — you need to make sure you’re adding value which will earn a greater return for you.
Luckily, there are plenty of easy ways to boost the appeal of your property and increase the possibility of an offer. So, without further ado, here are five of our suggestions…
1. Upgrade the doors
It’s true what they say — first impressions count. Try to make sure that the exterior of the property sets the tone for the rest of the house. While you might not fancy investing in a brand-new door — which can get a bit pricey — you could always neaten it up with a fresh coat of paint, or perhaps a power wash!
2. Give the garden a spruce
As we head into the warmer months, a good-sized, attractive garden could be high on the list of viewers’ priorities when they visit your property. Take some time to clear pathways, deadhead plants, trim borders, and cut back overgrown shrubs, bushes, and trees for maximum impact.
If you have the room, set up an al fresco space with a table and chairs to relax and entertain through the summer.
3. Update the bathroom
Replacing taps, re-grouting, and de-limescaling are relatively cheap, easy fixes for reviving the bathroom. Opt for light colours for walls, and fittings for maximum appeal. Plus, add a fresh room diffuser for that pleasing aroma as they walk through the door.
4. Liven up the living area
Inject a cosy, welcoming vibe to your living room with the addition of throws, cushions, a rug, a few house plants, and perhaps a lick of paint — again, stay neutral!
If you’re dealing with a smaller area, hang a mirror on the wall for the illusion of more space. Avoid cluttering up the room with personal items that would make it hard for the viewer to imagine themselves living there. Plus, you might want to kickstart a clear out to make life easier for when it’s time for the big move!
5. Apply for planning permission
One final, effective way to add value and attract buyers to your home is to secure planning permission for an extension or a large-scale remodel. The submission can cost around £170, but will add a decent amount of money to the sale, and could help potential buyers to know what their options are.
We hope we’ve provided you with some useful ideas for preparing your property to enter the market. For more advice to make the sale as smooth, enjoyable, and stress-free as possible, get in touch with the Applegate team today.