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How To Add Thousands To The Price Of Your Home Before Selling?

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It’s a seller’s market – thousands of homes have moved on and off the market in the past six months, and buyers are getting competitive.

For potential sellers, there’s never been a better time. To maximise profit and ensure a home sells for as much as possible, here are some tips.

Price the home correctly – research the market and compare similar homes to get an idea of what to list it for. Make sure the home is in excellent condition – repairs, staging, and even a fresh coat of paint can help.

Lastly, market the home – advertise online, host an open house, and get the word out. With careful planning, you can get the most out of your home sale.

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It Starts with Kerb Appeal

Many house-hunters are searching for homes with spectacular curb appeal. They start forming an opinion the second they pull up to your property. You should do your best to increase your curb appeal, and there are several things you can do.

First, make sure your house number is noticeable from the street so potential buyers can identify which house is yours. If you’re not confident that your house numbers are visible enough, you can simply replace them or get creative.

Put together a house number display with an attached planter filled with beautiful seasonal flowers, or you could light up your house numbers with solar-powered LEDs for those who come at dusk. Hand-painted tiles are a nice touch for house numbers, too.

In addition, make sure your landscaping looks great. Have two to three inches of mulch in your garden beds. Place larger plants where needed, and if possible, add some seasonal flowers. Make sure these are low maintenance, however, as potential buyers might be scared away by a beautiful garden that requires a lot of upkeep.

A few potted flowers are usually enough for the desired appeal without deterring would-be buyers from a large garden. Also, make sure your grass is freshly mowed and all leaves around the front are raked up.

Repairs are a must at this point. If you have fences that need to be painted or gates that require fixing, now is the time to do it. Give the outside of your home a coat of paint if possible. Even if you don’t paint anything else, consider painting your front door.

A recent study found that homes with blue front doors can get up to £4,000 more at sale compared to darker colours like brown.

Don’t forget the hardscapes in your space. Power scrub concrete surfaces, and if there is a gravel path to the door, make sure there is enough gravel to make it look refreshed. Clean other hardscape surfaces as well.

Additionally, repair other parts of the outside of your home. Check the roof tiles, the siding, and the railings around your porch or deck to make sure everything looks clean and in good condition. Paint the window frames and fix any torn window screens.

Outdoor lighting can also provide an extra boost. If potential buyers see your home in the evening, you want it to look inviting, not gloomy. Place solar-powered lights along the path to the door or the driveway. Solar-powered garden ornaments can also be a nice touch.

If there are house lights on the front, switch the bulbs to brighter options that will make your home stand out.

This is especially true for flats, semi-detached, and terraced homes. Your neighbours’ curb appeal can affect the selling price of your home, so if you plan to sell, it’s a good idea to talk to them and make some improvements that will benefit both of you and potentially increase your sales price.

As you work, remember this: if anything requires a full refit or replacement, don’t do it. The goal is to put more money in your pocket in the end, so choose projects that will give you the highest return on your investment.

If you spend too much, you won’t get that money back, so it’s better to adjust the sales price than to do work before putting it on the market.

Decluttering Your Space

You want potential buyers to be impressed as soon as they arrive at your home, and if that good first impression isn’t sustained when they step inside, you may have already lost them.

There are various ways you can increase the selling price of your house, but one of the simplest is decluttering.

Many people dread this part of moving, but it makes the process easier. By reducing clutter, not only do you have fewer things to move, but it also makes your space look bigger, brighter, and more inviting—all of which are key when you’re hoping to get the maximum value out of your home.

It’s best to declutter before you list your property. This way, you can make informed decisions regarding which items to keep and which should go, rather than making rushed decisions when the removal van arrives.

To begin this process, it’s important to plan and have a timeline in place. There may be some areas of your home that don’t require decluttering, so it’s important to understand what needs to be taken care of and when.

When it comes to each room, ask yourself which items you use, what you’ll need in your next home, and what you love. Anything that doesn’t fit into one of these categories should be discarded.

For example, you may want to introduce a different style in your living room in your new home, so you could donate an armchair you’ve had since university and make room for a new piece of furniture.

It might also be necessary to get rid of smaller items, such as books on your bookshelf.

Ask yourself which ones you want to keep and which ones you’d rather not have to pack and unpack.

Clothes are often the hardest items to get rid of. Go through your wardrobe and drawers, and if you haven’t worn or used an item in more than a year, chances are you won’t ever use it again. If it’s still in good condition, donate it to charity.

You should also declutter your consumables. This includes personal care products, cleaning supplies, and paper products throughout your home. Only keep enough of these items as you’ll need them before you move.

To make the process easier, set up a holding zone for items you want to pack, donate, and throw away. After each decluttering session, you can start to deal with each of these items accordingly.

If there are items you want to keep but which make a particular space feel too small, keep them but consider storing them in a self-storage unit near your new home.

Have a removal company take them out of your home, put them in the unit, and then deliver them again on a moving day. This will free up plenty of space in your home and enable buyers to get a better idea of the space they have to work with.

How To Add Thousands To The Price Of Your Home Before Selling
If there are items you want to keep but which make a particular space feel too small, keep them but consider storing them in a self-storage unit near your new home.

Depersonalising Your Space

Along with decluttering, it is also a good idea to depersonalize your home. Buyers are more likely to fall in love with a space if they can envision themselves living there.

To make this happen, take down any family photos, store holiday souvenirs, trophies, and certificates, and also put away your child’s artwork.

If you have extensive personal collections of any type, including sports-related items, religious-themed decorations, and memorabilia, it is best to pack them away before showing your home.

If you don’t have enough time to depersonalize every area of your house, focus on the living room, kitchen, master bedroom, and dining room.

Research has shown that buyers are most interested in these four areas. By depersonalizing these spaces, you will be able to make a better impression on potential buyers.

Make Smaller Repairs

There are many small repairs that you can make before you list your home. Start by having a good look at your walls and ceilings. If you spot any scuffs or cracks, it’s best to get them fixed as soon as possible. It’s usually inexpensive to hire a handyman to fill it in and paint it over.

 You may also want to consider removing any artwork or photos that leave behind holes in your walls so that you can patch and fill them at the same time.

Painting can do a lot of good for the various spaces in your home. Repainting the entrance, kitchen, and bathrooms is a must. If you have the time and money, you can repaint the bedrooms and living room as well.

Estate agents typically suggest using neutral colours, but adding some colour (like accent walls) can help buyers imagine what the space could look like. A coat of paint can make your home look well-cared for, fresh, and new.

Flooring is another important area to consider when increasing the value of your home. If you have older, worn flooring, replacing it should be a priority.

It can make your home look amazing and smell better too. New carpeting can help buyers feel at ease, and you may also want to think about installing other types of flooring, such as in the kitchen and bathroom.

Remember to look out for smaller issues too, like dripping taps or limescale build-up on your kitchen or bathroom fittings. These are easy to repair and replace, and they can help give your home the look you’re aiming for.

Adding a Bit of Light

Poor lighting can give your home a serious disadvantage. Darker houses appear smaller and dirtier, even if you’ve worked hard to keep them clean. Fortunately, you can do a few things to make your space look brighter.

Start by visiting each room and assessing the amount of light. Open the curtains, turn on the lights, and imagine how it would look to a potential buyer. After that, you can take steps to lighten up the room.

Dark furniture or paint colours can make any room seem dull, despite the presence of natural or artificial light. You can counteract the effect with lighter colors and slipcovers on furniture.

Moreover, mirrors can help make a room seem brighter. Washing both the interior and exterior windows can also help.

Once you have addressed any non-lighting factors, it is time to look at the lights themselves. Replacing a dated single-bulb fixture with something brighter such as a two or three-bulb fixture is an easy way to make a room look brighter.

 You can also upgrade the bulbs in your existing fixtures. If you still don’t have enough light, you can add accent lighting, bedside lamps, or desk lamps to help lighten the room.

How can I upgrade my kitchen
A great place to start is to have your kitchen professionally cleaned. While you could do it yourself, a professional would make it look amazing.

Address the Kitchen

Few things have the power to influence the value of your home like the kitchen. If you’re trying to save up for a new home, however, you probably don’t want to invest too much into a kitchen makeover.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to spruce up your existing kitchen. You want it to look, feel, and smell both clean and fresh. You also want it to have a spacious, light, airy atmosphere, making it appear as if there’s plenty of room inside each cupboard.

A great place to start is to have your kitchen professionally cleaned. While you could do it yourself, a professional would make it look amazing. If there’s any mouldy caulk around your backsplash or sink, you might want to hire a handyman to replace it.

Be sure to tackle any kitchen odour problems during the cleaning process. Bin bags and pet items can often be quite smelly, so be sure to clean them thoroughly.

Once your kitchen is clean, give it a fresh coat of paint. Choose a light, neutral colour, and get to work. This will increase your home’s value. Just make sure the colour you pick goes well with the current colour of your countertop and cabinets.

Painting does a few things for your kitchen. For starters, it makes it look brighter, but it can also be used to neutralise any greasy odours you may have in your kitchen.

Updating the hardware on your kitchen cabinets is also a great idea. Choose something that matches the style and looks neat. It can help to attract potential buyers and show off the new look you’re aiming for.

If you haven’t decluttered the space yet, now is the time to do so. You want your worktops to be as clear as possible. You can keep your kettle and toaster but try to get everything else off your worktops. Pay attention to the cabinets, too.

Remember, potential buyers will take a look inside them, so make sure there isn’t too much in there. Organise what you have, and get rid of any mismatched items. Even if you want to keep them, it would be best to store them away while your home is on the market.

You may also want to add a touch of life to your kitchen by placing some fresh flowers and fruit in there before a home showing. It can make your kitchen look vibrant and amazing.

Consider Making Some Bathroom Improvements

As essential as the kitchen is, the bathroom is also an important selling feature. If you have the time and money to spare, why not splurge a bit and install double sinks? If that’s not feasible, there are other things you can do to the space.

Consider replacing the hardware on the vanity, such as the towel bar and sink fixture. You could also give the vanity a fresh look by painting it.

Hang a new mirror to make it look more luxurious. If possible, add more storage. You might not be able to add on, but you can still improve your storage system by adding shelving or dressing up the existing shelves.

Doing so will help convince buyers that it’s the right choice.

Consider Staging Your Home

You want to make buyers feel that your property is spacious. If your furniture is too big, it will not create this illusion. Fortunately, there are home staging companies that are willing to rent furniture that is suitable for the space, until you sell your home.

This is often a good option, especially if the furniture is outdated. You can always store your older furniture in self-storage until you move.

When staging your home, make sure it looks perfect when potential buyers enter the room. Ensure that they can walk in and across the room without any obstruction.

When staging your home, emphasize the storage space. Closets and cabinets should be as neat and tidy as possible. Adding small shelving units from IKEA can make the space look bigger and also provide extra storage space.

You can hire a home staging company or you can rent furniture to do the staging yourself. If you are on a budget, renting furniture that fits your space is the best solution as it is usually cheaper. Remember to stick to one style to ensure the home does not look cluttered.

What adds the most value to a house
One of the best ways to boost the value of your home before you put it on the market is to use the services of a reliable estate agent.

Work with your Estate Agent

One of the best ways to boost the value of your home before you put it on the market is to use the services of a reliable estate agent.

They have a wealth of experience and know-how about what works best in your area, so they can advise you on where to focus your efforts to get the highest possible selling price.

Additionally, estate agents are also motivated to see you get a good price because they receive a percentage of it. Exploiting their knowledge and expertise is a great way to maximize the value of your home when you come to sell it.

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