Whether you’re currently in the process of selling your home or are thinking about doing so in the next few months, it often pays knowing how to add value to your home.
Depending on your budget, you may be slightly restricted in what’s realistically possible but that’s no reason to lose hope – there are a number of quick and easy ways to add value to your property without costing the earth.
So, what are these methods, I hear you ask? Well, read on below to find out.
1. Make A Good First Impression
When it comes to selling your home, it’s easy to focus on the interior of the home. After all, that’s where any potential buyer will be spending most of their time, so it needs to be nice… right?
Well, yes of course the home’s interior is vital but it’s important to think about the impression your home is setting from the outside as well. In fact, according to a recent poll, 15% of respondents said that they’d be put off if the front door was in a scruffy condition.
Therefore, think about how you could improve the front of your home. Put yourselves in the position of the potential buyer and think about how you would see your house if you were in their shoes.
Whether you add a quick lick of paint to the front door, reposition the wheelie bins around the corner, for the time being, sweep the front path on a regular basis, or add a couple of nicely-maintained plants at the front of the property, it doesn’t need to cost a lot to set a good first impression.
2. Keep It Clean
It should go without saying really but the cleaner your home is, the less likely a potential buyer is going to be put off.
This is because mess clogs up space and will make your home look smaller than it actually is. It also affects your mental health and sets a bad impression – ask yourself, why would a buyer want to go into a potential sale with you when you can’t even look after your home effectively?
Now that’s not saying your home has to be 100% spotless every time you have a viewing but, the tidier and cleaner you can keep it, the better.
You should also make every effort to maintain it effectively, whether that be through thoroughly cleaning the patio and driveway, dealing with any structural damage or sorting out any straightforward home repair work. The more you can do in advance of selling, the better your home will come across.
3. Clear The Clutter
If you’re looking to make your home look bigger, then there’s a simple solution: clear your clutter.
It’s up to you whether you decide to have a full-on sort out of your stuff or simply keep the bits you don’t need out of the way for a little while but, by taking the time to reconsider your interior decorations, you’ll free up a lot more space as a result.
To do this effectively, go around your home one room at a time. Then, categorise your items based on whether you’d like to donate them, sell them or simply throw them away. You’ll be amazed by the results, we promise.
4. Let There Be Light
The amount of light you allow into your home can make a big difference in how a potential buyer perceives it.
If, for example, you have painted your living room a dark colour and rarely get light in through the windows, then it’ll probably look fairly drab and dark as a result, which could put people off.
To combat this effectively, go around your home and think about your light sources. If particular areas of your home could do with a little more light, consider investing in a lamp of some variety to freshen it up.
Alternatively, if certain rooms are getting too much light, then a pair of thick curtains, a lower-energy emitting lightbulb or a blackout blind will give you better control over how much light is let in.
5. Gain Planning Permission
OK, this one might be a little more expensive to do, but it could save you thousands over the long run.
Many potential buyers will often look around a home with an eye to making changes later on down the line. While that’s all fine, the caveat that comes with that is the need to apply for planning permission, especially when it comes to building loft conversions or extensions.
Therefore, if you can gain this planning permission in advance, you can then present this to the buyer as a key benefit for choosing to buy your home.