How to increase the value of your home

Feb 3, 2017

Before going on the market with your property, there are a number of simple (and affordable) tips that can improve the appearance of your home, and likely increase the asking price. Which is a win-win for everyone, but especially you. 

Let us walk you through a few ideas that can help upgrade your home before it goes on the market.

A pretty front door

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First impressions can often make or break a sale. The front of the property is the first thing that people see, and it’s essential to either replace a weathered door or give it a good paint job. It might seem small, but these subtle differences can make a big difference. You want potential buyers to feel giddy the moment they approach your home, and snazzy front door only increases the chances of that happening. 

All about the exteriors

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The front door leads the way, but the general exterior of your home can sending people running to your front door – or away from it! Sorting out the drive way, keeping the walkway area to the front door clean and generally making everything on the outside of your home presentable should be high up on your list when you prepare your home for viewings.

A fresh coat of paint

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Splashing neutral tones on the walls will do wonders for your home. Fresh paint has the effect of making the inside of a property look fresher and more modern. As much as it’s nice to have colours in a room, neutral paints lighten up your walls and can make a room appear bigger while making space look less personalised. This is especially important for the potential buyers who are viewing the property and gives them a blank canvas to imagine the place as their own.

Update your kitchen

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We’re not talking about an expensive renovation, but instead, a makeover to remodel the space. Modern and open kitchens are a huge selling point because of the room’s significance in daily life. A few improvements could include new fixtures, a paint job and flooring. It’s crucial to remember that the kitchen should remain consistent with the rest of the property, and not drastically nicer and more expensive or with a notably different style. Even a few touch-ups here and there can give your kitchen a nice, new look and add value to the property.

Bathroom renovations

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Similar to a kitchen, a bathroom renovation can get pricey. But with a little spruce up, it can add value to a property. Something as easy and simple as modernising the toilet seat or the fixtures and door knobs will update the space nicely. Even something as small as doing away with your slightly manky shower curtain can avoid any potential put-offs for prospective buyers. And of course, a fresh coat of paint!

Replacing old carpet

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As cosy as carpets can be during the colder months, it’s a turnoff when moving into a new place and buyers could be put off by your old, worn carpets. Putting in new carpets, or better yet, hardwood and tile floors throughout the property will improve the appearance of the home for viewers. About 10 years ago, carpets were completely out of fashion. Today, however, there back in demand – but only if they’re fresh and soft. 

Declutter each room

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Less is more when it comes to property. Rooms filled with personal items and furniture don’t appeal to buyers. The point is to have people believe that this property could be theirs. In addition, decluttering will open up the space and make it bigger to the eye. You don’t need to hide everything you own. But it will help to make your space look slightly more neutral. 

Landscaping your garden

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A garden – that’s a selling point in itself! However, why have a garden if you can’t even enjoy it? Some simple beautification will highlight your outdoor space to potential buyers. Trimming any hedges and trees, laying down sod and planting some colourful flowers will catch the eye of viewers when they first see the property.

General maintenance

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It goes without saying that a property must be neat and tidy before viewings, but there are other general maintenance procedures that are crucial to take care of before selling a home. Interested buyers will want to ensure that the house is safe, mould-free, leak-free and rot-free. As long as the property is loved and cared for, there shouldn’t be any problems.

Good luck preparing your home for the big sale! And if you need any help getting a quick sale for you home, request a callback from one of our experts.