If you’re thinking of putting your house on the market, you might not have thought about the things you can do – both big and small – to renovate your home, increase value, and improve the likelihood of a sale. Here are ten of the most effective ways to get your home looking and feeling good as new, and make the best possible first impression.
Update your flooring
Old, worn out wooden floors and carpets can be a huge eyesore, and should be avoided if you’re hoping to make a sale. It may be worth investing in some new flooring options where needed, opting for neutral, versatile shades rather than bright colours and patterns.
Replace your door and windows
The exterior of your house will be the first thing people see when they come for a viewing, so make sure to make a good impression. Give your front door a quick update with a lick of paint, or if it’s looking extra worn out, consider fitting a new door and windows altogether.
Give your water a boost
The last thing a person wants in a new home is to be faced with home maintenance issues – so make sure everything’s in order before your home goes on the market. Investing in a dab home booster pump can improve water pressure, which also results in a better, more powerful shower and higher chance of standing out against competition.
Create an attic conversion
A loft conversion can be a great way to add value to your home with the introduction of more space, and should definitely be implemented if you have the funds to do so. Adding a skylight into your new attic space is a good way to get some natural light into the room, and can improve chances of a sale even further.
Tidy up your garden
Spend some time sprucing up your garden before your home goes on the market. This can mean simply cutting your lawn and tidying up any overgrown weeds, or adding some garden ornaments and planting new flowers to leave a lasting impression on the viewer.
Keep decor simple
If you’re due to redecorate before the sale, you might be tempted to go for bright colours, unusual patterns or quirky styles to make your home stand out. While this may appeal to some, it’s best to go for neutral colour palettes and simple details to let the viewer imagine their own furniture and decor in the space.
Create the illusion of space
Large, spacious rooms will make any home look more appealing, and this can be easier to achieve than you’d think. Making use of storage options, cleverly placing mirrors in rooms and even painting ceilings in a light shade can make rooms look larger and leave your home in higher demand.
Give your bathroom a scrub
Bathrooms can get grubby in no time if they’re not properly maintained, and the sight of any mould, dirty tiles or stained shower curtains can be an instant turn-off for buyers. Clean your bathroom from top to bottom, replace old towels and bathroom accessories, and light a candle or two for a fresh scent.
Fit versatile lighting
Much like painting your walls in neutral shades, picking the right lighting can have a big impact on people’s perceptions of your home. Steer clear of over the top styles like chandeliers, instead choosing lighting that’s more minimal and doesn’t overpower the room.
Decorate the space
While you want your home to look versatile and simplistic in order to show off the space, there’s no harm in adding some character with a few final accessories. House plants, candles, artwork and coffee table books can all give your home that ‘straight out of a magazine’ feel that could work wonders on the value of your home.