When it comes to selling your property, it always pays to take a good look at it before it goes on to the market and discover the things you can do to increase the appeal without necessarily breaking the bank, as such, we’ve put together a handy guide on how to add value to your home on a budget.
It’s not to say that sound investments, such as big extensions, a new kitchen and bathroom or any other kind of big refurbs can’t be done in order to get back more than what you put in, but when it comes to big investments in improving your property you need to be absolutely sure that increasing the value over and above what you spend is exactly what is going to happen.
In the meantime, if the budget or time is tight, there are a lot of smaller things you can do to ensure that the impression you give to potential buyers is a good one.
Things to do to add value to your home on a budget
First, take a good careful look around. Are there maybe defects that have been there so long that you’ve grown used to them and stopped noticing they’re there?
These might include cracks, paint chips, dirty marks on carpets and walls, stains, leaks and peeling wallpaper – many of which can be fixed quite easily, but can be off-putting to viewers if left. So, put yourself in the shoes of someone looking at your home for the first time and see what you can find.
What else can you do to add value to your home on a budget?
- Spruce up your front garden, driveway and front door – first impressions count.
- Make sure services, such as electrics, heating and plumbing are in good working order by getting them serviced by a professional.
- Remove the clutter – people viewing a house want to see a bright, clean, tidy space that they can see themselves living in.
- Remove personal items, such as picture frames and store personal things away as much as possible.
- Decorate the home on the inside – choose neutral, clean colours which create a blank canvas for anyone moving in.
- Make important rooms, such as the kitchen and bathroom sparkling clean – and again clutter free.
- Sort out easy to fix things, such as a wonky toilet seat or towel rail that’s hanging off.
- Look to ways to maximise the light in your home – this always adds extra appeal.
- Tackle any easy to fix defects, such as dripping taps, cracked tiles, or strange smells.
And finally, look to first impressions again. Make sure your house is ventilated nicely and smells fresh and clean, when potential buyers pop by. Put flowers around for added aesthetic appeal and again let the light pour in.
Readings estate agents and letting agents in Leicester have been helping homeowners and landlords to buy and sell houses since 1935.
So, whether you’re a first-time buyer, looking to add to your portfolio, or sell a property, we can deliver the service you need with exceptional results. Get in touch today to discover more.