If you’re thinking of selling your home, there’s no time like the present – the UK is enjoying a post-pandemic property boom like no other. But to compete with the large volume of other homes on the market, and ensure you receive that best possible price, you will have to actively engage in home improvements. The following tips are just some of the ways in which you can prepare your house for sale, in the hopes of increasing your home’s value and keeping offers above the asking price along the way.
Build an Extension
One of the quickest and most effective ways to add value to your home is by increasing the space available in it. Extensions are more popular than ever as house-building slows and the average family requires more and more space. Not only does adding more physical space to your property increase its value, but also its appeal – making you less likely to get passed over on the housing market.
Refit Your Bathroom
Bathrooms are often first on the list for making a property more comfortable, and you may have recently engaged in a bathroom refit already. But trends change quickly, and some of your personal choices might not go over so well on the market. For example, certain tiling choices or overboard fits can harm your house’s appeal. Be sure to spend less than 10% of the value of your home on any bathroom refit.
Now is a great time to scour the house for anything and everything that might need repairing, touching up or any form of attention. Are there any defective plug sockets in the house? Get them seen to. Is the heating a little inefficient for your liking? Get your radiators replaced. How about kitchen shelving units – any damage to shelves, or squeaky hinges? Spend an afternoon to ensure nothing is amiss. Check the grouting in your kitchen and bathroom tiles; check whether your front or back doors have dropped and need re-seating; look for chipped skirting boards to replace – anything that comes to mind. You don’t want to give new buyers a single reason to lower their offer.
Aesthetic Choices for Sale
Lastly, you’ll want to redecorate – but you need to consider this very carefully. There’s a useful term for this scenario called ‘depersonalisation’, wherein you make renovation decisions that do not reflect any niche personal opinions on design or features. Buyers are more likely to be put off by garish décor than neutral colours, making it a wise decision to repaint your living spaces in white or off-white colours. Present your house as a blank canvas for the new owners to imprint their ideas on, and improve your chances of a quick sale.