If you’re considering selling your property in the near future, you’ll need to start considering what you can do to improve its ‘mass-market’ appeal.
Sure, you may love the bright yellow walls and tartan curtains, but the vast majority of potential buyers probably won’t.
Putting your own stamp on a property is fine while you’re living there, but as soon as you want to put it up for sale, you need to go back to what will appeal to the most number of people.
Here are five low-cost home improvements you can make before putting your property up for sale.
1) Repaint the walls
When looking at potential properties to buy, people try and imagine themselves living there and the things they would do to ‘make it their own’. This can be tricky if faced with bright or dated walls or wallpaper.
Repainting walls and other areas of a property can add value to a home and make it more desirable to a wider range of buyers.
Generally it’s best to stick to more neutral tones to give buyers a blank canvas and let their minds get creative, though it does depend on the room.
For example, light blue walls in bathrooms are often seen as desirable. White cabinets set against a darker wall can work for kitchens.
2) Tidy up the front garden
The kerb appeal of your property – that is how attractive it is to potential buyers from the outside – is extremely important. First impressions count and so you want to make your property look the best it can.
Tidying up the front garden won’t just make your home more welcoming to visitors; it will also show them you’ve taken care of it. So, make sure the lawn is mowed and the driveway and flowerbeds are free of weeds.
While you’re there, you may also want to make sure your windows are clean and change your door handles or even your front door.
3) Update your flooring
One of the first things people notice when stepping into a property is the flooring. That’s because it’s natural to glance down as you step into a room to ensure the path is clear.
If your flooring is worn or outdated, it risks putting potential buyers off your property. Laying fresh laminate, vinyl or carpet is a great, relatively low-cost way to freshen up the interior of a building.
Just remember that if you plan on repainting any walls, it’s best to change your flooring afterwards to help avoid any unfortunate accidents!
4) Change your curtains or blinds
What covers your windows has a significant impact on the overall look and feel of a room. Heavy curtains may make the room feel warm and cozy, but they can also make it feel smaller and darker. Blinds, on the other hand, and make a room feel light and airy, but will also feel colder on dull days.
To get the look that will appeal to your likely buyers, and to ensure your home looks up-to-date, investing in a new set of blinds or curtains in a wise move.
There are all sorts of blinds to choose from these days including blackout and foil backed honeycomb blinds that are more energy efficient. While it’s not worth spending too much for the latest in blind and curtain technology, you want them to look the best they can be.
5) Upgrade your light fittings
The light fittings around your home provide another opportunity for low-cost improvements that can make your home more desirable once it’s listed for sale.
Even more extravagant metal light fittings are relatively cost-effective and most can be installed in just a few minutes with a little DIY knowledge. Once up, they can change the entire appearance of a room.
If you want to go a step further, spotlights are very much in demand with modern buyers. They help provide a more even light throughout while looking sleek yet minimalistic. The downside is they will cost more to install and may involve some upheaval in rooms directly above where you want the spotlights installed.
Or go even bigger…
So, there are five relatively cheap improvements you can make to your home quickly that can lead to more interest in your home once it’s on the market.
But, if you want to go even bigger and make more drastic changes, you may have to consider whether a home improvement loan is worthwhile. Just be sure that whatever changes you make, the cost doesn’t outweigh the value increase you’re aiming for.