When deciding to sell your home, it makes sense to maximise your asking price by completing a few house improvements. From fixing small faults to adding a new storey, there are improvements to suit every budget and can really make your property stand out.
Starting off small, assess your property for any minor bumps and blemishes. While the odd small defect won’t directly affect the value of your property, if one becomes two, three, four etc. they will soon build up and prevent your house reaching your target price. With a simple bit of DIY, you can fix:
- Peeling paint,
- Squeaking or sticking doors and windows,
- Door latches that don’t work,
- Mouldy sealants in kitchen and bathroom,
- Dripping taps,
- Loose tiles,
- Sewer smells,
- Broken or damaged windows,
- Squeaky floors and stairs,
- Cracks to ceilings and plasterwork,
- Lifting flooring.
Make sure you do enough research before picking up your tools to make sure you don’t make the issue worse, and if ever in doubt, you can always consult a tradesman for a quote to have them complete the improvements.
Even before potential buyers enter the house they will have mad a judgement on the property, so it makes sense to maximise curb appeal. Could your brickwork do with repointing? Do your walls, fencing or windows need repainting? What about your garage door? Have your windows been cleaned recently? Have you given your front door much thought? You can purchase a new doorknob, letterbox and number relatively inexpensively, which will give the illusion of a new door! To give the property a flourish of colour naturally, you could also add a climbing plant to the outside with an appropriate frame or trellis for it to grow up. You needn’t completely transform your property’s exterior – a good clean and repaint goes a long way!
If your property has a garden, make good use of it! Even if you are the least green-fingered person, mowing the lawn, cutting overhanging plants and repainting the fence will make a world of difference. Think about what your property has to offer. If you have lots of garden space but haven’t done anything with it, make sure it is free from weeds and potential buyers will see it as a blank canvas ready for their creative touch. If you have decking or an area of paving, make sure it is clean from moss, dirt and bird droppings – a pressure washer will make short work of these. If you have plants in pots, make sure they weeded, replanted are positioned well around the space. The same goes for outdoor furniture and barbeques – make sure nothing looks crowded and every item serves to improve the look of the garden rather than distract the eye.
Of course, you need to make sure your property is sound throughout. While this can be expensive in some cases, fixing structural problems is crucial in terms of adding value – they may go unnoticed by potential buyers, but be warned, valuers are savvy and will spot even minor issues, ruining any hopes of a sale. Structural defects include:
- A sagging or leaking roof,
- Rising damp,
- Structural cracks to walls,
- Bowing walls,
- Rotten joists or roof timbers,
- Insect infestation,
- Missing or broken roof tiles,
- An unstable chimney stack,
- A collapsed floor/slab.
If you are at all unsure or worried that your property is affected by any of these, consult a builder, surveyor or structural engineer who can give you advice on the issue at hand, time frames to put it right as well as an estimated cost. Here you can decided whether or not to tackle the problem yourself, or leave it to buyers and sell your property for a reduced price.
By making small but important improvements to your property, you’ll be surprised at what a difference it makes to the overall value!