Now that the chaos of Christmas and New Year has dispersed, it’s an ideal time for anyone looking to sell their home to put in the necessary time and effort to fix it up. In this post, we’ll list a few ways — from installing a new central heating system to sorting out your garden — to increase your home’s value.
Selling a property can be a lengthy experience that requires plenty of patience, especially if it takes a long time to sell your home or the offers you receive aren’t what you were hoping for. If you’re looking to sell your home as soon as possible or want to increase its value, the best thing you can do is fix areas of your home that will put off buyers, and improve aspects that make it a more worthwhile investment.
Modernise Your Kitchen
There are several essential areas of a home, but given that everybody needs to consume food — and many enjoy cooking as a way to relax and unwind — buyers will take particular note of the condition and quality of your kitchen. With that said, unless a property has been built more recently, rooms such as the kitchen are likely to be somewhat outdated and, therefore, unappealing to modern buyers.
If your kitchen needs a touch of modernisation or a revamp to attract a broader range of buyers, a lick of paint or some newer furniture (cupboards, work surfaces, etc.) can make a huge difference. It’s also important to look at the functionality of your kitchen — do you have a leaky tap or troublesome blockage that would plague a buyer from the moment they move in? If so, hiring a plumber to check your pipes and systems is a smart move. Having to move into a new home and instantly fix things isn’t an appealing prospect to most people, so keep that in mind when the time comes to sell your property.
Fix up Your Garden
Although it isn’t a must-have for every homeowner or potential buyer, a great-looking garden is aesthetically pleasing and perfect for social gatherings, while the space also provides plenty of options for extending your home. If your garden is run down, neglected or just not very pretty to look at — you may want to consider the benefits of doing up your garden before it comes to selling your house.
If you don’t have particularly green fingers, there’s always the option of hiring a professional gardener, as they’ll be able to take care of both simple and more complicated aspects of maintaining a garden. As we said, a garden isn’t for everyone, but a healthy and good-looking garden increases the overall value of your home and makes that vital positive first impression.
Enhance Your Bathroom
Bathing, going to the toilet, brushing your teeth and getting ready are all vital and regular aspects of everyday life. This not only means that buyers will expect your plumbing to be efficient and problem-free, but the decor, design and overall aesthetic quality of your bathroom need to be decent too.
Got a few broken tiles? Replace them. Need to fix that annoying leaky tap? Hire a plumber! Is your bath dated and grubby? Invest in a new one. The term “you need to spend money to make money” is definitely overused, but in this case, it makes a lot of sense, especially when it comes to such a vital area of your home as the bathroom.
Is the Central Heating System up to Scratch?
The UK is infamous for it’s less than appealing weather. Granted we’ve enjoyed some surprisingly pleasant periods in recent years, but more often than not, it’s either raining or pretty chilly. With this mind, it’s vital for your home to have a central heating system that’s high quality and reliable.
This is something that buyers will want to know and often try out, and if your central heating system is unsatisfactory, it can be a crucial factor in influencing their decision to buy, especially when many buyers are already on a tight budget and won’t necessarily have the funds to buy a new system once they’ve bought your house. If your central heating system is on the fritz or you need to upgrade, it’s better to do so sooner rather than later.