Prepare Your Home For Sale
Add Value To Your Home
If you would like To add Value To Your home with the intention Of Selling it in the future, Or Just to make more comfortable to live in you might consider the Following:
So how do you begin to prepare your house for sale? The exterior of the property is a good place to start to see if you are really taking advantage of its features and position:
- You can prepare your home for sale by pruning overgrown trees, filling in old ponds, or even old sand pits, can suddenly add to the size of an existing lawn or even allow you to get a better view of open countryside.
- Remove old sheds or worn out concrete paths - by getting rid of these you can not only create space, but also light, in the garden and the house.
- You could prepare your home by adding a patio door or decking to extend the living area into the garden - It’s especially nice in summer and it can add value in terms of combining the use of the house and garden
- Check the appearance of the driveway and garage too – a new drive can significantly add to the appearance of a property and potentially the value.
- Perhaps the garage needs painting or even a new door needs fitting to it. You can prepare your home by a clever use of colours, and materials. This can compliment the appearance of the property and again add to the overall presentation and potential value.
- Make sure the paintwork, guttering and doors are well maintained. Consider investing in new uPVC fascias and double-glazing if you have not already got them. Remember, however, to consider the age and style of the property, uPVC windows can, for example, cheapen a Victorian home and if you replace sash windows with uPVC windows it may actually reduce the value of the property.
- You could prepare your home by improving the amount of light coming into your home by using skylights, patio doors, solar tubes or even glass floors. Glass in a house can increase the feeling of space and make a dark room much more pleasant.A conservatory can provide extra living space and extra value to a property – between 4% and 5%.
Once you have decided To put Your house on the Market, there are many small improvements you can make which can make wonders for that all important first impressions..
- Improve or modernise the kitchen – consider replacing doors and handles if the unit carcasses are in good condition, replace the work surface with a more up to date one. Don’t forget to replace the flooring too especially if it’s a little worn.
- The bathroom too is also worth concentrating on. Rip out any old coloured 70s style bathroom suites and replace with white ones in a design that compliments the age of the property and other furnishings.
- If you are thinking about a new en suite or second bathroom, it can add 5% to a home's value but don't do it at the expense of a double bedroom, as this could devalue your property. The number of bedrooms is still the preferred indicator of the size of a property for most people.
- Re-grouting tiles can instantly lift a tired looking kitchen or bathroom
- Consider replacing worn carpets – plain styles and light colours will make the room feel bigger.
Preparing your home for sale and making improvements to a house can be exciting but the thought of it can also be quite daunting. Choosing the projects that will add value, however, can often justify the time and money spent and, of course, there’s every likelihood that you’ll benefit significantly from the improvements and that one day, when you do sell the property, that you’ll reap the rewards of your labours by preparing your home for sale using our advice.