When it comes to adding value to your house, there are a number of renovations you can make to entice sellers. Some of these renovations (such as a loft conversion, adding a conservatory or building an extension) can put a strain on any home-owner’s wallet and cost money that many sellers don’t have to spare.
That being said there are a number of cosmetic enhancements any seller can make to maximise their house appeal without breaking the bank.
Sometimes one or two cheap renovations and basic repairs can make a big difference to the appeal of a house:
1. First impressions count.
You only get one chance to make a good first impression so ensure that your house has as much outer appeal as possible. Repaint your front door and shutters for more curb appeal, add a house number or even house name and ensure you have a sturdy looking handle and lock, giving visitors the overall impression that your house is stalwart and secure.
Ensure your front garden is well kept, the lawn is well groomed and your walk way is weed free. The path or drive way should be swept of leaves or rubbish and if bins are on display, ensure they are clean and the lids are on.
Little details can often make a big difference to a first time visitor.
2. Create the illusion of space.
The re-painting of walls can make a significant difference in freshening up your house. Painting the walls a lighter colour can also make the room appear bigger.
When it comes to creating an illusion of space, large mirrors can make a room look much bigger and lighter. Therefore consider putting some up, especially in small rooms or narrow hallways.
Clean your windows in order to let in more light and replace any broken light bulbs. Brighter rooms automatically seem bigger. Moreover remove any excessively large pieces of furniture to create the illusion of more space.
Lastly, de-clutter! Clear closets, shelves and cupboards to make everything look as open and spacious as possible. A clear and clean room allows people to imagine their own things in your house.
3. Focus on the kitchen.
The kitchen is often considered the most important room of the house.
An attractive, hygienic looking kitchen is essential both to buyers and valuation surveyors. Declutter the surfaces and take out any bulky appliances.
If your kitchen cabinets are worn out or broken, consider refacing them. Adding new doors and handles is much cheaper than installing new cabinetry and often just as effective.
Bad smells can be a big turn off for potential buyers so thoroughly wash and empty bins, open windows to air cooking smells and consider putting out some flowers or a fruit bowl to make the room smell fresh.
4. Make it look pretty.
Small touches can go a long way. Add some fresh towels, a new shower curtain and some accessories to your bathroom.
Dress your windows with curtains or blinds, paint the skirting boards, put matching sheets on the beds and add a few cushions or a rug.
Not everyone loves animals and so pets can often be a turn off for potential buyers. Put any pets in the garden and remove all pet bowls, baskets and (most importantly) litter trays from plain view.
Lastly, give it the once over… clean your house, remove last night’s take-away boxes and get rid of that mountain of dirty clothes from your bedroom floor.
5. Floor them.
Carpets and rugs often get stained or worn over the years (particularly in hallways and on the stairs).
Dirty carpets not only age a property but also creates lingering odours. Nothing turns potential buyers off more than the thought that they will immediately need to replace all of the flooring in a home.
If your budget can stretch to a new carpet, then replace it. Alternatively consider replacing the carpets with the most wear and tear and get the remaining carpets freshly cleaned, reviving the overall look of the house and in turn making it look more modern.
6. It’s not just what’s on the inside that counts.
A neat and cared for garden could help you sell your home. Tidy your garden, mow the lawn, rake the leaves and trim the bushes. Plant some flowers, or place a pot or two of bright flowers near the entryway.
Try to view the garden as another room; installing some decking and adding some furniture can increase your house value.
For more selling tips or to rent, buy or sell a property contact Range Homes on 020 8882 6655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Range Homes is an estate agent in Palmers Green. Our friendly and experienced staff are happy to discuss anything from property valuations, and property management to advice on refurbishment and increasing your properties value.