If you are looking to sell your home and are wondering where to start, below are some quick and simple improvements to make in order to rapidly increase your value and reduce market time.
In my time as a surveyor, I have come across properties ready for sale, properties that are about to be let and some properties that aren’t in a fit state for human abidance! After thinking long and hard about how these properties can be improved, I have put together 5 points that I think any home owner can learn from.
1. Support your kitchen, like your kitchen supports you
Your kitchen is probably your most used room in the home, regardless of the size. As a place where we eat, dine, drink and now even entertain, it is so important that your kitchen area is inviting as well as practical.
Put yourself in the visitor’s shoes and look at your kitchen as if you didn’t know where anything was. Is your kitchen easy to navigate? Is it clean? Does it smell nice? These are all major elements you need to take into account when advertising your home.
2. Maintenance and Cleanliness
Although it might seem obvious, keeping your property clean is a massive move forward when advertising your property. You will be shocked at how many properties I have been in to carry out surveys, homebuyer reports and structural surveys in which I have seen houses in states that are not even fit for animals.
Following on from cleanliness, maintenance also plays a huge part. Throughout your home, there will be areas that need major maintenance which you probably don’t even know exist. Take a look at your roofing materials, guttering, soffits, fascias and your cellar (if applicable) to check for damages and defects that could affect your value. If there are numerous defects at your property, the potential buyer is more likely to want to reduce the price and you will lose out more than if you were to repair them.
Conservatories are often forgotten about, resulting in damage beyond repair and a buildup of grime, so get yours checked now!
3. Natural Light Matters
The use of natural light throughout your home is really inviting to visiting guests. Rather than using unnatural lighting to make your home seem warmer than it is or brighter, the use of the sun and outdoors can really freshen up any room, especially your bathroom.
As another point of interest in your home, potential buyers will be looking at the quality of materials, room size and layout of your bathroom, so adding a little extra natural light can really help towards a positive image of a room that is used more than once, every day.
If your home insulation is inadequate, you can find yourself facing the consequences when it comes to selling. Although adding insulation to your home isn’t the cheapest of home improvements, it is vital that you are aware of the condition of your insulation before you put your house on the market.
Insulation boosts warmth and also keeps energy costs down, which any new buyer will be happy to hear in a period of financial distress. If you are not providing them with this option, they are more than likely to want to lower their offer or be looking elsewhere.
5. Get Green Fingered
Although you might not be the next Charlie Dimmock, it really pays to spend some time in your garden. You will know yourself when you were looking at properties, that an unkempt garden can often be off-putting and can take your attention away from the property itself.
Taking care of it and keeping it tidy can make a huge difference and can often encourage visitors to picture themselves in the property rather than looking for areas of error elsewhere.
Your garden does add value to your property, so looking after it can really pay off!
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Although I am no interior design or decorator for that matter, I have been in many homes around the UK for a lot of years now and I know what sells and what doesn’t. Make sure you follow these tips and others, to give your home the best starting line on the ever competitive property market. Call me on 01983 731 198 to discuss your property surveys.