If you are thinking of selling your home, in the near future, it’s a good idea to start getting ready NOW. This could include getting in and getting your hands dirty, or calling in skilled tradies. The real estate market is competitive so you want to show buyers a fully functional and attractive home. Listing your home as the cheapest in the street still does not guarantee its sale – you want your home to stand out for the right reasons.
10 ways to increase the value of your home before you sell
Painting external walls
The first thing a potential buyer will see is the outside of your home so it has to look good both inside and out. Homes that just look, old, dated and run down won’t make the cut. To have your home look fresh, vibrant and exciting there is nothing like a fresh coat of paint. Don’t go too bold, you can always ask your real estate agent for some advice. As well as giving your home a paint job, you should examine your walls for any signs of damage. Brick homes may have small gaps that need to be repaired, weatherboard homes may have panels that need replacing. Small improvements will make a home look new, without the need to carry out any major renovations.
Upgrade old doors and windows
Adding a new door or window to your home can not only make it look nicer it can also make it more energy efficient. A house that’s affordable when it comes to running costs is one of the things buyers are attracted to.
Outdoor lighting and landscaping
Buyers love a well-landscaped yard. A yard or garden is generally looked upon as a good indicator of the amount of time and energy the home owner has dedicated. Dead plants and messy gardens are a turn off. Investing in some new soil, plants, rocks, ground cover etc can make your yard look fresh and inviting. An appealing yard will help sell your home. Be sure to spend some time on your outdoor lighting as some buyers like to drive around at night, good lighting can create a modern look to your outdoor spaces.
It’s one of the first things potential buyers look at when they step into your home. People want their floors to be clean, simple but stylish, any old and musty carpet won’t do your home any favours. Hardwood floors are popular and easy to care for while high quality carpet can create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Be sure to fix any issues with your flooring and if your carpets are old, consider having them replaced.
This is one of the most important areas of the home, buyers want a functional workspace with good cupboards, taps and bench-tops. Don’t over-do an upgrade with new stainless-steel appliances or glittery marble although it makes the house look modern, buyers may assume the house is going to be more expensive. Just make sure all the appliances work and the kitchen is neat and tidy.
As with the kitchen, don’t go crazy with an upgrade, if the bathroom is in good working order and fresh and modern in appearance it will be fine. Something as simple as replacing old grout and painting the walls can work wonders. Clean out the exhaust fan and perhaps add some modern or energy efficient lighting.
If you have any old-fashioned light fittings it’s probably good to upgrade them, lighting is an important part of selling your home – no one wants to live in the dark.
There are trends that come and go, so be careful when it comes to colour choices, if you are using colours make sure all the colours work well together and match well with other aspects of your home.
Roof and foundations
Buyers want to be sure their new home is safe and is built to last. Make sure there are no flaws in your roof or foundations that may show up in an inspection – a bad report could mean a lost sale
Cleaning and organising
A good thorough clean can work wonders on any property and will take time and effort to do it right. Focus on both the areas you can see and those you can’t see. Get behind the refrigerator and stove – a clean and tidy home with everything in working order will help you get the best possible selling price.
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