Do you want to sell your house for more without having to invest too much money or time?
Just before selling your property every investment put into the property should be well considered. Let us show you a few ideas for improvements which will make a difference when it comes to evaluating the value of your property and you can do on your own or with only a small financial investment.
Tip 1 Painting
Paint is one of the most cost-effective improvements. Freshly painted rooms look new and clean.
Most people like warm neutrals. If you are planning to sell your house you are better off not choosing exceptional or vibrant colours. You want it to appeal to as many of your potential buyers as possible. Do some research about popular colours and get samples at a paint store to see what actually fits to your interior.
Make sure you only paint the area you want to by covering everything else carefully beforehand. Move the furniture out of the way or better out of the room. If you paint the walls in a different colour than the ceiling, there is a simple trick to make sure you achieve clean, straight edges in between without having to buy extra appliances. Cover the ceiling with masking tape along the edge. Add one layer of the colour of the ceiling around these edges before applying the colour you actually want for the wall. This way the new colour is not running underneath the masking tape and causing an unsatisfying finish.
Tip 2 Cleaning
Without a doubt, a sparkly clean and spacious looking house does attract buyers.
Make sure you take special care of the areas that do not get cleaned regularly like blinds and drapes, ceiling fans, fireplaces and the space under and behind furniture. Consider professional steam cleaning of the carpets and deep cleaning of the windows. Make sure you don’t forget to clean the inside of appliances which you plan to sell with the house such as the washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, fridge and oven.
You will be surprised how big of a difference it makes to clear a room from all unnecessary clutter and to nicely arrange the accessories you decide to keep. Maybe get some extra storage furniture to store some of the clutter you can’t let go.
Tip 3 Maintenance and repairs
If a lot of small broken things in different rooms add up, they result in a bad overall impression.
There is a lot you can do yourself. If you are not sure about the best way to tackle the problem, do some research, there are tutorials and instructions for all sorts of things.
Know your limits
There is nothing wrong with admitting you need help with certain types of repairs. You want the result to look professional, be safe and working on a long term.
Tip 4 Energy efficiency
Being able to save money on energy is going to be a very effective sales argument.
Getting an energy audit will show you how to maximize efficiency. Ask your energy provider if they offer such audits or contact an independent provider.
Seal and insulate
Heating and cooling makes the biggest part of the energy costs. Therefore you can save a lot of money by sealing gaps and cracks in walls around windows and doors and getting single pane windows upgraded.
Tip 5 Updates
It doesn’t have to be a full remodel, you can reach a great effect with small changes in single rooms.
A great room to update with a small budget is the bathroom. Depending on your bathrooms condition you might want to replace outdated vanity or wallpaper, replace old lightning or add a new tile floor.
Beside the bathroom, the room which benefits most from even small renovations is the kitchen. Try to give your kitchen a modern look by repainting the cabinets or replacing the handles or knobs.
Tip 6 Landscaping
When it comes to influencing the value of your property, don’t underestimate the power of landscaping, even on a small scale.
The exposure to wind, sun or sea salt as well as the nature of soil will limit your possibilities to freely plan what plants you choose and how to arrange them. You can adjust how far you want to go depending on your budget.
If you are not interested in investing too much money or time into your garden, make sure you just keep the lawn clean so it looks appealing.
Tip 7 Floors
The floors make a big part of the room, they influence the feel you get when walking into a room. That’s why it is important to focus on them.
Stained or worn rugs turn buyers off. If a professional carpet cleaning does not do the job, you should think about replacing at least some of them.
Hardwood floor last longer than carpets. So if you think about getting rid of some carpets you might want to think about replacing them with timber. If you already have hardwood floors and they show scratches, take care of them by researching DIY methods or consider getting professional help.
Tip 8 Visual space
Space is one of the most common selling arguments when buying a house. If you can’t or don’t want to invest in an extension, there are a few things you can do to optimize the given space.
You can make each room look larger by optimizing the furniture, replacing heavy curtains with blinds which let more light in or by adding a large mirror on the wall. Research which home staging techniques work best for you.
Consider knocking out a non-structural wall to open up some space, adding in a window or removing a kitchen island or other built in components. Feedback from friends, family or those attending your open home may highlight some areas for change and improvement and it might be worth spending some money on it to increase the value of the house.
Tip 9 Street appeal
You don’t get a second change for a first impression, so it is important how your house looks from the street.
The first thing people see when walking up to your house is the front door. If it is old, worn and drafty, replacing it with a modern new one might have a major effect.
Age, weather, insects and other environmental factors influence the condition of your fence. Depending on the situation it might be enough to repaint or repair parts of it or it is necessary to replace the entire fence.
Tip 10 Pictures
Taking good pictures can make a big difference in the appearance of your property online.
You want to use daylight of a sunny day and wait for the right time in the day to have the best light shining through your property, depending on the exposure of your house and the season this can vary a lot. Make sure you open the curtains to allow the sun to light up your room.
Use a wide-angled camera, panorama or 360° pictures or take the picture from the doorway or a corner of the room to show as much as possible of the room and make it look spacious.
We hope some of these tips are helpful in your situation and you are now able to set your priorities and get stuck into optimizing your house to reach the best possible outcome for your sale.