Do you own your house? If so, you will no doubt be aware that the property market is in a volatile state of flux at the moment. House prices are showing signs of improvement. But, there’s no guarantee in the current climate of how long that trend will continue.
If you’re planning to sell your house soon, you’ll want to make sure you get the most amount of money for it possible. These days, today’s homebuyers are “picky” about the properties they buy. That’s because there is plenty of extra choice on the market for them!
Today’s handy guide will show you what steps that you, as a homeowner, can take to improving your home and its value on the market. Here is what you need to know:
When potential buyers look at your property, the first thing they will see is the exterior of your house. First impressions count, as they say, so it’s important your house isn’t anything less than stunning!
A lot of homeowners are lax about maintaining their properties. Make sure you’re not one such person! For example, if you’ve got a leaking roof or are missing some tiles, get a roofer to fix the problem.
If your driveway is nothing more than a muddy track for your 4x4, get the ground covered in tarmac or block paving. Should money be an issue, a cheaper alternative is to cover the ground with some decoratives stones and pebbles.
The exterior walls should not have any holes in the mortar. If they do, get a builder to “re-point” your brickwork. Is your brickwork painted? If so, consider applying a fresh coat or two of weatherproof masonry paint to freshen up the aesthetics.
The main issue with a lot of properties on the market is the structural soundness. It’s worth getting a survey done on your house before you sell it so that you can identify any areas of concern.
If you have a problem with the wood beams in your house (i.e. woodworm), hire experts like Timberwise to fix the problem for you. Yes; it will cost you some money to put any problems right. But you will lose a lot of money off the value of your house if you don’t!
Aside from structural issues, you should also make sure the decoration of your interior is up-to-date. One way to increase the value of your home is to give the walls a fresh coat of paint. A neutral colour like white makes it easier to sell a house.
Get rid of any tired-looking carpets and replace them with brand new ones. Make sure you use some good quality underlay, such as Cloud 9.
You might not realise it, but the lighting in your house can also affect its value! That’s why it’s important to have fresh, modern lighting systems in your home. And don’t forget to use energy-saving bulbs!
Last, but not least, make sure your garden looks good. By that, I mean ensure all your fence panels are in good condition and replace any broken ones. Also, make sure the grass is regularly cut.
Finally, consider having some decking installed to improve the aesthetics of your garden. They make great areas to relax in during the summer months and improve the value of your home.