How to Add Value to Your Home Before You Sell

If you are considering selling your home, there may be a few things you want to address first before putting your house on the market. Of course, you want the highest price possible for your home and you’ll likely want to sell it as quickly as possible. But without addressing a few vital considerations, you may find your property languishing on the market for longer than you’d hoped.

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So if you are looking to add value and make your buyers fall in love with your home at the first viewing, be sure to follow these tips before calling the estate agent.

Clean and Clear

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There’s nothing worse than a home that looks like it’s already been outgrown by its owners. Most buyers put space and storage at the top of their wish list.  If you are currently bursting at the seams with rooms stuffed full of clutter, you won’t be giving them that impression.

Start with a good clear out of anything you no longer need or want and considering donating to charity or selling anything that’s still in good condition. This includes areas like the garage and loft and while they certainly don’t need to be empty, you will want to make sure that people can walk through and see the scope of the space you have available.

Once you’ve done a clear out, if there are still extraneous items taking up valuable space, consider renting a storage unit for a few months for anything you know you won’t need in the coming few months. This will open up your space, making it look far bigger and more spacious to potential buyers.

Make Repairs

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You may be fine with jiggling that lock just so to open the door or it may have been so long since you started painting that room (but didn’t finish) that you no longer even see it, but potential buyers will notice. So, get all those pesky repairs and odd jobs taken care of and ticked off the list before the first viewings. Give any yellowing doors or skirting boards a fresh lick of paint and make sure your home is at its best.

This may also mean replacing old or worn carpeting, updating drafty windows or doors with uPVC or installing central heating. All these things cost money but will ultimately add value to your home.

Give the Kitchen Some Love

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We’ve all heard that kitchens and bathrooms sell homes. While you probably don’t want to rip out and invest in a brand-new kitchen before you sell, if yours is looking a little unloved, a few smaller investments will ensure it looks its best to potential buyers.

Replace the backsplash and/or worktops if they are hopelessly outdated or have your tiles re-grouted for a fresh clean look. If the paintwork is looking tired, you can repaint the walls in a weekend. Be sure to fix cupboards that might not close correctly or replace hinges or handles that are far past their best.

Take the opportunity to give your cupboards a clear out too, donating any small appliances or crockery that you never use to free up valuable space and clear as much of the worktops as possible to create the illusion of lots of space and storage.

Give the Bathroom Some Love

neutral bathroom with attractive accessories

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In the bathroom, you may, again, wish to refresh the tiles with new grout and ensure there are no issues with damp or mould (if there is, sort it out!) and install an extractor fan if there isn’t already one in place.

Once any issues are addressed, freshen it up cosmetically with some new towels, fancy soap and pretty accessories. If you have a shower curtain, replace it with a fresh new one.

Make Sure Rooms are as Described

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The number of bedrooms you have is one of the most important factors in your asking price so be sure there’s no confusion when it’s time to sell. If you are using your second bedroom as a home office and another as a makeshift gym, consider moving these things out redressing the space as a working bedroom.

You may also want to take the opportunity to tone down any wild colour combinations or bright and bold décor choices. While you may love your rainbow walls, buyers may be turned off knowing they’ll have to spend money to redecorate. Consider soft neutrals for the widest appeal possible.

Pay Attention to Outside Areas

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If your garden has seen better days, you may want to get out there and give it a good weed, mow the lawn and make sure there are no dead or dying plants or areas that need some love. A tidy and well-kept garden will always add value to homes, whether your potential buyers are families looking for somewhere for their children to play or couples who want to enjoy alfresco dining.

For the front door, consider giving it a lick of paint and shining up the hardware. Clear away any dead leaves or weeds and cobwebs. You may also want to consider a few potted flowers or a hanging basket bursting with life to create the right first impression.

Make It Easy for Buyers to Visualise Potential

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Even if you’ve never got around to that loft conversion or side return extension, potential buyers may have the same idea. Seek the services of an architect to draw up plans and go one step further by applying for planning permission. Taking this initiative will enable buyers to proceed quickly if they want to, adding additional value to buying your property and allowing them to see your property at its full potential, as well as where they can add value in the future.

If you are looking to move soon, give your home the best possible chance of finding a new owner that will love it just as much as you do by spending the time now to get it right before you put it on the market.