11th Jan, 2019
It’s the start of 2019, which means that the majority of us will have ‘new year, new me’ targets we’ve set for ourselves. For some of us it will be to complete dry January, but for others it may be to obtain a new property.
If this is the case, we have 10 top tips on how to ‘improve before you move’, to ensure you add value and get the best possible price for your house.
Fresh lick of paint
A new coat of paint can bring any dull, tired-looking room to life. Choose simple neutral colours, like shades of white and pale grey, as this will allow future buyers to adapt the property to their own needs.
Spruce up doors
Doors act as a gateway to each new room, and they may seem like a minor thing in a property, but they can really make a difference when trying to impress a potential buyer. So, replace any damaged ones – including the front – or repaint them if you can’t afford new ones.
And, don’t forget about door handles – these are an important accessory that make a big impact!
Makeover your kitchen
It’s a well-known fact that a kitchen is one of the most expensive things in a house to buy, so if yours is modern and in tip top shape it’s more likely to catch buyers’ attention. If you can’t afford to overhaul the whole space, simply tidying it up by painting units or replacing cupboard handles and doors will work just as well.
Update your bathroom
Re-grouting, eliminating limescale and replacing taps and shower screens will help to keep the bathroom fresh and clean, ready for any viewers.
Be energy efficient
The volume of energy we use in our household is on most people’s minds these days, not only for the environments sake, but also our piggy banks. Having efficient appliances on display throughout your property can attract buyers who are keen to save money on bills.
Refresh your garden
This should feel like an additional space to your home, which can be used for entertaining or relaxing. Trim borders, clear pathways and cut back overgrown trees and shrubbery to make your garden feel as inviting as possible.
Consider creating a driveway
With more and more cars on the road nowadays – and households owning multiple cars – off-street parking is at the top of most people’s priority list. After all, fighting for a space outside your own property isn’t what anyone wants to be doing. So if you have the room to do this, it is well worth investing in as it will make your home more desirable.
Are your windows up to scratch?
Noisy roads and how well a property retains heat can have a huge impact on the value of a house, so ensure that you have double glazing.
Can you improve the layout?
If the answer to this question is yes, it may require a more significant investment from you to rectify this. You want your home to flow, but also allow separate living areas to give family members their own space, so consider how many rooms you have to be able to make the necessary changes.
Can you add an extension or conversion?
We have put this last on our list, as this would be a more expensive improvement, but it can be a great option for adding space. If you can’t afford, do some research into this, so that you can let potential buyers know it would be an option for them if they bought your house.
We hope that these tips have given you a few ideas on how to improve your house, add value and make it a little more appealing. Remember, buyers may be willing to pay more for a home that has a modern and clean kitchen and/or bathroom, so it is really worth making these two rooms your priority.
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