Some great examples to increase the saleability and value of your property without big building or demolition projects.
- Professionally clean or replace the carpets - nothing says old and worn out like dirty carpets, a fresh installation will go a long way to improving first impressions.
- Clean up - It is all about first impressions. Have ever been to a quality car dealership where the cars on their sales floor are dirty?
- De-Clutter - for the love of sanity, please de-clutter, show how much space your property has, show what can be done with your rooms, don't hide it and don't scare potential buyers with a collection of clown masks.
- Freshen up the paint - if you have rooms in your house that need some attention, paint them, it's far cheaper to do it than what prospective buyers would image it to be.
- Bring in the light - update lightbulbs, brighter is better when your replacing blown bulbs. Don't cover windows or skylights, keep them wide open for valuations and viewings.
- Update door hardware - Nobody likes an old knob. Get new ones that compliment the look of your doors, particularly the front door.
- Furniture and Furnishings - Don't spend a lot of money on these items, but be sure to put out fresh and clean furnishings for viewings and valuations.
- Freshen up kitchen & bathrooms - It is astonishing what a deep clean and replacement of old edge trim and silicon beading can do for the look of a home.
- Access to property - Make sure the pathways or communal areas leading to the property's main entrance are appealing. Tidy it, clean it. Trim the bushes back; you don't want potential buyers going on a jungle trip to get to your door.
What other small things are you missing that most home buyers would expect? Ask a close friend who can be honest with you to just walk through your home and see if anything stands out to them that could be improved, fixed or replaced with little expense.
It may sound strange but ask them about the properties smell. You may get used to your homes aromas so if there is anything that needs to be addressed here like, smoke, damp, standing water or whatever else you may not be as acutely aware of as a potential buyer might be. Smells have a significant effect on mood and can shape an opinion of a property; it's too important to be overlooked.
Remember we are talking about small improvements that make a big difference. In another post, we will go into adding value through conversions, significant building work and other methods.
What are your favourite ways of improving the value of a property?