If you’re looking to sell your home, now or in the distant future, you’re probably trying to think of the best ways to add value and get the best possible price. It can be tricky to know where to start and if you don’t have a big budget it might be difficult to know what you can do to make your home stand out. Luckily, our experts have some handy hints – from quick fixes to bigger projects. Currell’s Senior Valuer David Gwinnutt and Valuer Harry Charalambous share some insider tips…
1 – Tidy, tidy, tidy!
“Clean, tidy, declutter!” say David and Harry. A messy or even slightly too cluttered room is very distracting and can prevent a potential buyer from seeing the best qualities of a property. Get rid of as much excess clutter as you can. This can also help rooms to look bigger and brighter.
2 – Brighten things up with scatter cushions and throws
There are some small inexpensive ways you can make your home stand out. A few cheap colourful cushions and throws can actually make a big difference. David explains: “Buy some inexpensive colourful cushions or throws. The colours will be eye catching which is especially useful when buyers are looking at small images online, such as on a website on their mobile phone.”
And that’s not the only quick and easy thing you can do to improve a potential buyer’s experience…
3 – Think fragrant
David and Harry stress that the way a home smells can have a real impact on a buyer’s thoughts… “Does it smell of cat or dog or tenant’s socks… if so a deep clean is needed and get some scented candles or reed diffusers.” But on this last point, they say it is worth spending a bit more than you might normally; “The smell can create a sense of aspiration and quality – so don’t get the cheap ones.”
4 – Appearances matter
There are some important things you can do to get buyers through the door in the first place. “Exterior presentation is important, tatty doors, windows and front gardens are a turn off. Give the garden a good haircut, make sure it’s looking neat and tidy with overhanging bushes and trees cut back.”
5 – Don’t just focus on one room
It can be tempting to think a brand new kitchen or bathroom will add value to a property, but focusing exclusively on just one room isn’t that helpful. Our valuers explain: “New kitchens and bathrooms can improve value but only if done tastefully. It’s always a risk to refurbish rooms because buyers might want to change them again. Overhauling a kitchen or bathroom only works if the other rooms in the house are of the same quality and calibre.”
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