After spending so much time at home, many of us are considering moving. Before you get too cosy in your new imagined property however, there’s the matter of selling the one you already live in.
aking your home as appealing as possible to buyers always seems like a good idea, but you may not want to spend too much time or money on it.
So, how can you make your property more appealing without needing heaps of time and cash? Here, Sam Mitchell, CEO of online estate agent Strike.co.uk, shares some simple and budget-friendly tips…
People often underestimate how much value small tweaks can add. Making your home look as clean and appealing as possible is key, and achieving this could be as simple as a fresh lick of paint, or resealing in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Think about what a potential buyer wants to see when they walk into your home. Remember, they’re more likely to notice the small details. No one wants to see cracks in the ceiling, plasterwork or dripping taps.
These small DIY improvements won’t cost a huge amount but will create a good overall impression among buyers.
Smarten up spare space
One of the main reasons people are looking to move right now is in search of extra space, so keep this in mind when preparing your home to sell.
If you have a spare room, use it wisely. Think about who your buyer might be and what they will be looking for. For example, are they looking for a family home with lots of bedrooms?
Research from Strike recently found that a home office is the top priority for a quarter of movers. You could convey the idea of a home office with a chair and desk or small table.
Those with a bigger budget and more time could consider converting spare loft space.
Focus on kerb appeal
Although you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, that doesn’t apply with home viewings, where first impressions are crucial. Your front door is a great place to start. It could be as simple as cleaning it to make it look as good as new, or maybe even a fresh lick of paint.
The garden is also a deciding factor for many buyers, so put some work into it to show it off to its full potential. Cutting the grass, raking any leaves, weeding and cleaning pathways or patios could really make a difference to your kerb appeal.
With environmental issues high in many people’s minds, buyers are increasingly looking for homes which include green features. Some people find the idea of making their home more energy-efficient daunting. They assume it will cost a lot. Luckily, small changes can be made that won’t cost a fortune.
Using energy-saving bulbs, stopping drafts around doors and adding some insulation to your loft are easy ways to make your home greener.
If you want to try bigger changes and you have the budget, installing double-glazed windows reduces bills and could add value to your home.
Boost your bathroom
It is easy to overlook the difference a clean bathroom can make. But having a bathroom that is free of limescale, looking fresh and hygienic, is going to be worth your time.
It often doesn’t take too much effort to remove limescale and re-seal or re-grout around showers, baths and sinks, but it can vastly improve the appeal of a bathroom. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, replacing the shower curtain will elevate the room, or if your budget allows, adding a glass screen is a simple and effective way of giving the room a different look.
Last but not least, if your bathroom is small, adding a mirror could help make it look larger and brighter — an idea that could also work in other rooms around the house. You could always borrow a few mirrors to place around the home rather than buying them.