Thinking of selling your home? Here are a few expert tips to help you increase the value of your house. You might not have the time or money to completely rehaul your property, but a few simple changes like these will help ensure your house is ready for auction day!
Staging Your Home
One of the most important parts of selling a house is how you stage it, especially when it comes to photos and open homes. Buyers shop with all their senses, says Anthea from Homebase. Be mindful of who your buyers are, and what you want them to appreciate about your property. For example, if your lounge has a beautiful view from the window, place a mirror in the room that will capture it. On the other hand, if your lounge is on the small side, simple tricks such as raising furniture off the ground or using glass tables will make a room appear more spacious. If the house is looking a little empty or drab, some leafy house plants can make a dull room look lively and fresh in seconds! For photos, opt for lighter coloured furniture to give the illusion of space and spice it up with colourful cushions, artwork and throws which show up great in photos.
Treat Your Home To A Fresh Coat Of Paint
One of the simplest ways to make your house look refreshed is to give it a new coat of paint, either on the inside, outside, or both! If you’d rather do it yourself than bring in the experts, Go Day 1 Painting have a few tips for the DIYers. Ensure you spend a good amount of time on sanding and priming so that the final finish will look as good as possible. This will also help reduce the amount of paint needed to cover marks. Don’t skip the test run – once you commit to a colour it’s very expensive and annoying to change, so make sure your trial shades first. When it comes to exterior painting, wet weather can seriously prolong drying time, so try to ensure you’ll be painting in peak weather conditions! If your considering roof painting then the work is best left to proffesional painters.
Upgrade To LED Downlights
Regardless of whether you’re selling your house or not, replacing your traditional halogen bulbs with an LED downlight system is a no-brainer, according to Home LED. That’s because LED lights are more energy efficient, safer, and cost-effective than traditional ones. The initial cost of installation pales in comparison to the long term savings – LED bulbs can last up to ten years without needing a replacement. As they emit less heat, they’re much cheaper to run. Not only are they are great way to add value to your home, they also look chic, making your house appear more modern and contemporary.
Swap out old curtains with blinds
The way you shade your home is often an afterthought, but in fact blinds and curtains can drastically change the look, temperature, and energy efficiency of a house. Blinds are a great way to make a house appear more spacious, but the amount of choices in style and colour can be overwhelming. Home Vision Blinds Ltd have a few tips for choosing the right ones for your space. Generally, roller blinds are the most popular choice due to their easy of use and range of styles. If you want to reduce sun glare but don’t want to fully shade your windows, transparent blinds are an easy solution. If your house tends to get a bit cold, thermal blinds help insulate rooms, keeping your guests nice and toasty. Venetian blinds are another option for those looking for something a little more traditional, especially for those wanting to retain the character of their older style houses. Another great benefit of these blinds is the option of volume control, that is, the amount of light you’d like to let in the room.
Getting your carpet professionally cleaned
A clean, fresh carpet is a simple way to woo buyers. If your carpet is looking a little dingy, a simple professional clean can make a mammoth difference. You can do it yourself, but it’s highly recommended that you leave this job to the professionals if you can, according to local carpet cleaners Smart Clean. Not only does a fresh carpet look great, it also means less dust and allergens present in your house, which is important for potential buyers with allergies.
If your exterior needs a bit of TLC but you’re worried about the effort and cost, never fear. Kate the Gardener has a few simple remedies to refresh your yard. First and foremost, your lawn is one of the first things buyers see when viewing a property, so if it’s looking a little worse for wear, invest in some spring feeding and weed control to get it looking its best. When it comes to weeding, simply focusing on areas that are clearly visible rather than wasting time trying to weed your entire garden. Clearing walkways and edges can make a huge difference too! Add a few pops of colour with some flowering potted plants to spruce up your doorstep. Edible plants are also useful to make a house seem like a home, so pp some small plants like strawberries around the yard for your open home guests to admire.
By following these tips, there’s no doubt you’ll have your home in prime condition for selling time! Make sure you use high quality materials and if you’re not sure, ask an expert – safety comes first when it comes to renovations. Hopefully with some or all of the experts advice, you’ll have made some awesome improvements to your property.
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