If you are thinking about putting your house on the market, you will no doubt be wondering what (if any) improvements you can make to increase your chances of selling quickly.
We don’t recommend doing any major work on your house, such as installing a new kitchen or bathroom – which can be costly and time-consuming. However, we do advise that a bit of sprucing up can do a great deal in terms of making your house attractive to buyers and ultimately securing a sale.
Freshen up with paint
If there are scuffed or dirty walls in your house (hallways are a prime culprit for this), a lick of paint will work wonders to freshen up the space. Sometimes simply cleaning the wall will do the trick too. But if you decide to clean the wall rather than paint it, be sure to test a small patch first to make sure the paint doesn’t rub off as you scrub it.
It’s all about grout
A bathroom that isn’t freshly re-grouted can give the impression of being run down and unloved, even if the room itself is spotlessly clean. Re-grouting tiles and replacing old sealant will give your bathroom an instant lift.
For an extra bit of sparkle, you could consider replacing old taps with shiny new ones – much cheaper and easier than installing a whole new bathroom!
Let there be light
It’s amazing how long we put up with broken light bulbs in our homes! But when it comes to selling your house, it’s so important to finally change those broken light bulbs and spotlights to ensure your house is as light and bright as possible.
Don’t forget the garden
There’s no need to install a water feature and build a summerhouse, but a tidy garden and a freshly mowed lawn will show buyers that the property is well maintained. A neat, clutter-free garden will also make it easier for them to picture how they would “put their own stamp” on the outside space.
Planning permission for bigger projects
A survey by NAEA Propertymark shows that half of estate agents think that adding a bedroom – usually a loft conversion – adds the most value, while a third of agents thought a new kitchen was the best choice.
Whilst we don’t recommend you undertake expensive works before putting your house on the market, getting planning permission for large projects, such as a kitchen extension or loft conversion can certainly make your property more attractive to buyers. If a buyer is considering your property with a view to extending, knowing that planning permission has already been granted will remove a big element of doubt from their minds.
To find out more about getting your home ready to sell, you can take a look at our room-by-room guide to preparing your house for sale.
If you are thinking about putting your house on the market this summer, call us now for a free, no-obligation valuation. Even if you’re just curious about what your house is worth, we’d be delighted to come and see you.
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