It can be tempting to rush straight into putting your home on the market when the time comes to sell. But did you know that with just a few simple changes and upgrades you may actually be able to increase the value of your home? Here are some of the best solutions you might be keen to try before listing.
The first things to think about when it comes to adding value to your home are how much you are willing to spend on making these changes vs. how much value they will actually have on the overall sale of your home. The keyways to add value for most homeowners is to keep your upgrades simple and cost effective. This way you should ensure maximum return on investment. Estate agents in Basildon and across the UK can often advise.
Most of us have those small, odd jobs around the home that we keep meaning to do, but just never get around to. Now is the time to think about filling those little cracks in the wall or on the ceiling. In older Victorian houses these are very common and won’t generally put buyers off, but there’s certainly no harm in tackling them just to be on the safe side. Fix those squeaky doors, stairs or floorboards to ensure that potential buyers don’t worry about underlying causes.
Most buyers generally prefer a neutral colour palette when moving into a home. This gives them the ability to envision how they could put their own stamp on the place. Painting over any bright or offensive colours may help buyers to see the true potential of your house, rather than being distracted.
Spring clean your home
Whilst your house doesn’t have to be pristine, it is important to display it in the best possible light. This means decluttering and creating a light, airy and breathable space. Simple storage solutions can be found for clothes, toys and household items that would otherwise be left out in plain sight.
This could also be the perfect time to have a big deep-clean. Polishing floors, hoovering and steam-cleaning carpets can all bring a new lease of life to your home and how it appears to others. Scented candles and diffusers strategically placed in the hallway can help mask the scent of pets and creates a welcoming entry point.
Paint or replace your front door
If your door is looking outdated, there are many different ways to give it a makeover and add value to the home. Wooden doors can simply be sanded and given a new lick of paint. Replace the hardware (letterbox, knockers and door handles) to complete the look. If you really want to give buyers one less thing to think about upgrading, you could completely replace the door to a UPVC model with modern designs and heat retaining benefits.
Depending on your budget there are of course some large-scale renovations that you could undertake. Adding an annex, outbuildings or a loft conversion all have the potential to yield a good return, but it is important to research these before undertaking. Every home is different, and all have great potential, the rest depends on you!