When you’re looking to sell, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with what needs doing. While there may be lots to do, what you need to look at is what can immediately be done to make your house look loved and cared for.
Here are some ways in which you can instantly add value to your property.
Remember, first impressions do count. If the gate is off the hinge, the lawn needs a trim and there are cobwebs along the facades, people will wonder what they will be walking into. As well as cleaning up the eaves, mending any broken fencing and tidying up the garden, it might be worth putting a lick of paint on the house and even changing the front door.
For many people, the kitchen is the make or break of a sale. New kitchens can be pricy to install but you can make some minor alterations, such as repairing cupboards or replacing doors and handles, increasing storage and giving it a good lick of paint. Instead of buying a new cooker, shop around some of the ‘seconds’ or ex-display cookers – you can get some great bargains for cookers which do look almost as good as new.
This is also an area that can make or break a sale. If the tiles are dated but in good condition, consider having them professionally repainted. You can also have baths and sinks resprayed too. This will instantly clean up the room, making it seem bigger and fresher. Replace dated faucets and mend or replace towel rails. Consider having a new shower screen installed or change the shower curtain.
A fresh coat of paint, using neutral colours will instantly refresh a room. Having carpets professionally cleaned will also bring new life into the floor. Mend curtain rails and if your curtains are dated, check out charity shops for replacements – you’ll be surprised at what you can pick up for a bargain.
Out the Back
Aim for the emotional value by showing how great it is to relax in a cared for back yard at the end of a busy day. Clean garden furniture and arrange them in a welcoming way. Potted flowers and plants work wonders in bringing life and love into a back yard.
In our experience, it really is worth spending a bit of time to plan and pay a bit preparing your house for sale; sometimes a $5000 outlay can result in the price going up by $15,000!
We do more than simply sell or manage property – our talented team will go the extra mile by suggesting simple renovations to help you get top dollar. We’re here to make your life easier and we’re constantly looking for new and innovative ways to ensure your real estate experience is exceptional.
This is why, with over 40 years in the business, we are one of Newcastle’s longest established real estate offices, so give us a call on 02 4954 8833 or pop into our Cardiff office for a chat.