If you are a property owner and you need to sell your house quickly you might be consider various ways you can add value to your home. While the vast majority of houses do increase in value naturally over time, there are some cheap and easy things you can do that will help you get that quick sale.
1. Improve your Kerb Appeal
First impressions really matter, and when it comes to your home, what prospective buyers see when they pull up outside can be the difference between them putting an offer in and walking away.
If necessary, repaint you front door, or replace or clean up fascias. Make sure the front lawn is trimmed and tidy, any hanging baskets or plants are neat and well tended, and windows are sparkling clean. Add some new, freshly planted pots and it will add a personal touch.
2. Smarten up the garden
Make sure your garden is clean and tidy. Sweep any patio spaces, make sure the grass is mown and you have removed any weeds or overgrown flower beds. Any garden furniture such as benches or outdoor dining sets should be clean or covered. If you have a pond make sure that it is clean and not full of leaves! Replace any broken or missing fence panels, and repaint or stain them if necessary. All of these are jobs that can be completed over a weekend. Your garden is as important as your house so don’t dismiss it.
3. Make it more eco-friendly
More and more people are becoming conscious about the effect they have on the environment, so if you can show that your house can be as eco-friendly as possible, you may well find it increases in value. The easiest way of doing this is making sure you have adequate insulation – it keeps in the heat, so you use less energy, which also saves a lot of money in the long term. You could also consider adding solar panels and double glazing, if not already installed.
4. Think about using all available spaces
It can be tempting to extend to create more space and more value in your home, but it can be a false economy sometimes – the cost of an extension can outweigh the benefit it adds. An extension may not be viable, especially when trying to sell your home quickly so look at using the space you already have. Tidy and declutter your garage so that it looks like a space to park a car rather than a storage area! Board your loft space so that you can box up anything that you don’t need when dressing your house for sale; the Christmas box, extra blankets and those ornaments that you love but someone else may not! Think about adding a chair to a large landing or creating a desk area in a bedroom. All these ideas give buyers an idea of how they may use a space.
5. Add a fresh coat of paint.
Go through each room in the house and give it a fresh coat of paint. Even if it isn’t to your own personal taste, think about sticking to neutral colours, although this doesn’t have to be magnolia! When prospective buyers look round your house, they don’t want to see your personality – they need to imagine putting their own stamp on it, and that means having a blank canvas to work on. Don’t forget to smarten up doors, coving, banisters and skirting boards as well by giving them a good clean. Add fresh flowers for a splash of colour and add vanilla pods or coffee for a welcoming smell.
What are your tips for adding value to a house quickly and cheaply?
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