How to Upgrade Your Home Ready for Sale
When you’re selling your home, one of the questions you immediately ask yourself is, what can I do to make it more desirable? Not only does the question of desirability come into it, but chances are you’ll be wondering how you can make your home more valuable, and ultimately make more money from it? Selling your home can be an expensive time because you have so much to think about. Not only are you probably buying elsewhere, but you’ll need to spend money on moving, and the estate agents’ fees and valuation of your current home. Regardless, you’ll want to upgrade it to give yourself the best possible chance of selling on for a good price, and with these top tips you’ll be able to do just that.
Start with Your Kitchen
A great place to start when upgrading your home, is the kitchen itself. After all, the kitchen is said to be the heart of the home, and this is an area in the house that will be used by everyone. Kitchens can be make or break for people coming to view your home, so make sure it makes you – and doesn’t break you!
If your kitchen is looking a bit old and tired, you could look at renovating the entire thing. However with this comes not only added money, but a lot of mess and upheaval too. After all, why renovate when you could simply upgrade what it is that you already have? After a while, kitchen cabinets and their handles can become old fashioned and tired looking, and it can become all too tempting to rip them out and replace them entirely. Instead of doing this, why not do your research on how you can upgrade them on the cheap? Sticky back materials are a great way of making old kitchen cabinets look brand new, while simultaneously giving them that slightly shiny appearance that paint doesn’t. Likewise, at any hardware store, you’re likely to find a range of different door handles that work perfectly for cupboards. You can spend as much or as little as you like on these, it just depends on your taste.
While you’re at it, you can upgrade some of the accessories in your kitchen. A new chopping boards, a pile of recipe books and a house plant or two can really give your kitchen the added edge. You want buyers to be able to imagine themselves in this kitchen, cooking and making memories with their family – so sell them this ideology!
Don’t Forget the Exterior
When coming to view your home, remember that your front garden and the outside of your home are what buyers will see first – and first impressions count. If the outside of your home is looking a little dreary and worse for wear, chances are those coming to view it will carry this negative first impression with them throughout the entirety of their viewing. It just doesn’t help you at all, and it doesn’t get them excited about what’s to come when they go inside.
If your home is lacking in what’s sometimes referred to as curb appeal, chances are you’re going to have greater difficulty selling it. So how can you ramp up the curb appeal of your home?
The front garden is a great place to start, if you have one. It’s as easy as conditioning and trimming your lawn, weeding, and possibly planting a few fresh flowers t make it look even more cared for. You should also consider washing any of the stone paving you may have.
Likewise, make sure your gate is well painted and in good working order. You should look at having your brickwork tidied up by companies, and also ensure that your front door is well painted, with a handle that works effectively. These small things could be the difference between selling your home for a good price, and not.
It’s the room that every single person in the house will inevitable need to use. Last but not least, absolutely do not neglect your bathroom when selling your home. As mentioned, everybody uses the bathroom, so make sure it’s a space in which you wouldn’t mind spending some time.
Do whatever you need to do, whether that be painting, regrouting, or thoroughly bleaching and polishing all of the facilities that the bathroom has to offer. To give it the extra edge, invest in some fluffy and good quality towels, and have them on display so that buyers can see them. A perfect finishing touch can also be an air freshener, to give it that fresh and clean smell at all times. All of these small upgrades really can make the difference when you’re selling your home on.