When selling your home you don’t want to fork out a lot of cash to entice buyers, but you do want to make a good impression to get a quick sale for the best price. This week’s Tuesday Tips is full of handy and cost effective tips to get your home in tip top condition before you sell.
- As soon as a potential buyer comes to your home, their first impression will be of the exterior. People aren’t looking for botanical gardens, but a clean and neat finish is important. A lick of paint to the fence or garage door will make a huge difference, and if you have slabs then a quick pressure wash will leave them like new.
- Over time, painted walls and ceilings naturally take on a dirty and lived in look. Giving the walls a fresh layer of paint is a cost effective way to revive a home, but remember to keep it neutral and play it safe when trying to sell as everyone has different taste.
- The same applies for wallpaper. Edges can become tatty and leave an unfinished look to a room, so it is worth stripping back to the bones and pasting some new paper. Again, don’t go for anything too wacky!
- Ensure that any silicon around showers or baths is watertight and isn’t peeling away. Aside from looking grubby, the last thing you want before moving out is a bathroom leak that can leave you with fewer pennies and angry downstairs neighbours if you live in a flat!
- If you have been in the process of a major DIY project such as re-laying flooring or fitting a kitchen, then don’t leave the job half complete. It may seem like a great deal of effort to finish the task when you won’t necessarily feel the benefits, but you can reap the rewards by presenting a finished home to buyers. It can also be off-putting to buyers who want to move in without taking on any additional tasks.
- If you have previously whacked a few holes into the walls for picture hooks but have taken the picture down, remember to fill these. The little touches don’t go unnoticed.
- Ensure there are no loose wires or open sockets in the property that are not only unsightly, but can also be dangerous.
- If you have a bigger project that you feel needs to be sorted before you put your home on the market, then look into hiring a professional to get the job finished quickly. Although it will cost you more than doing it yourself, it could add a significant amount to your home’s value, leaving you better off in the long run.