So, you’ve decided you want to sell your house. While you might feel like diving headfirst into the process, it’s a good idea to take a step back before you approach a real estate agent to come and appraise the property. If you want to ensure that the price they estimate is as high as possible, there are a number of home improvements you should consider making first.
Realistically, you want your home to look its absolute finest so that you can flog it for the best price. Remember that any property is an investment, and if you want to get a good return on yours then you’ll have to put in time, effort, and more capital — especially if it’s a rental property investment.
Don’t worry if you’re not sure where to start, though, because there are five super straightforward ways you can make your home as appealing as possible to investors. So, what are you waiting for? Get cracking now if you want to up people’s asking price.
Go from the outside in
Also known as your home’s “kerb appeal,” investing in the exterior of a house can add real value. And, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, small changes and consistent maintenance really will make all the difference to the appearance of a property.
Take a good, hard look at your house and ask yourself if there’s anything that would put you off if you were thinking of buying it now. It might be an outdated wall color, shabby fixtures, or an overgrown garden. Either way, investing in kerb appeal could help to boost the value of your home by 20%.
Invest in small home improvements
Now that the outside is looking fantastic, it’s time to get to work on the inside of your house. However, while it might be tempting to throw money at bigger changes, it’s actually smaller, lower-cost upgrades that are likely to give you the best return on investment.
Maybe you’ll decide to give your property a more modern touch with new homeware in rooms throughout the house. Or, you might decide to invest in fresh fixtures such as taps, lighting, and blinds. Even touching up the paint on windows and doors would work wonders.
Deep clean your property
A lot of people skip this step, thinking that their property is already clean enough. But, unfortunately, clean enough just won’t be good enough when it comes to an appraisal. Plus, a house that isn’t spotless is going to be far less attractive to potential buyers.
Whether you decide to scrub from top to bottom yourself or invest in regular cleaning services, keep in mind that an agent will expect everything from the appliances to the light fittings to be cleaned to a high standard.
Fix what’s broken
Anything that’s broken is likely to bring the value of your property down. Before you get the ball rolling with an appraisal, you should take stock of what needs to be touched up or repaired and put a plan in place.
Unfortunately, it’s just a fact of life that things like balconies are prone to leaks while chipped paint and scuffed floors are pretty much inevitable. Now, ideally, you’d keep on top of the repair work as and when it comes up. But, if that just hasn’t been possible, then this is the time to get out your toolbox (or phone directory) and make a start.
Compare your property
It’s also a good idea to look around the other houses on the market in your area so you can compare your own home with the ones that are selling and those that are struggling.
If, for example, you notice a flaw in a house that just isn’t budging, then you might want to take a look at your own property and ensure you aren’t making the same mistake. Or, if you notice something that makes a popular property look particularly attractive, you could consider incorporating that feature into your own home.