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If the time is right for you to sell your home, it’s worth seeing if you can put some cash back into your pocket by making a few little value-adding improvements. Better still, ones that don’t call for an expensive renovation.
With the help of a professional, you can get a quick valuation on any of the improvements you wish to make which will give you a good idea about how much you should be spending.
Once you understand how much you should be spending, how do you know where the money would be best spent? What can you do to ramp up your property’s value? Read on below.
1. Get into Your Gardens
Your garden and lawns give prospective buyers a glimpse of what’s to come. It’s this first impression that they’ll carry with them throughout the rest of the home – so make it a good one. Lawns should be freshly mowed and the edges should be trimmed. If you’ve got palm fronds and foliage galore in your garden get in there and give it a big clean up. You don’t want your buyers to think they’re walking into an unkempt jungle house so tidy the gardens as best as you can. You don’t have to go buying new plants and trees but it’s a good idea to buy little potted plants or some mulch to even it out and give the gardens a fresh boost. And make sure you’re cleaning your exteriors and gutters out while you’re at it!
2. Perfect Your Styling
While you can hire professionals to stage your home for you, it’s not always the best choice for those on a budget. Especially when it’s easy enough to do if for yourself (unless you’re selling a multi-million dollar property). A simple approach is usually the best way to go. Try to eliminate any and all clutter. Remove your personal items and replace them with a few small items on a duchess or coffee table. This will help you give personality to the space without crowding it with too much of you.
While it might seem silly - colourful towels, scented soaps and colourful cushions all work to add a bit of luxury to the space and will go a long way. Remember, even small changes can be transformative.
Lay a new graphic rug to outline the walkway or add in some wall hooks for an instant homely and stylish feel. Plants are also popular at the moment, so use them to breathe life into a space.
3. Make More Space
Buyers are always looking for functional spaces and there’s heaps you can do to make even the oddest spaces seem more appealing. If you’ve got large, chunky furniture – consider editing out some of your pieces during open homes so spaces look less cluttered. Show that each area in the home can be purposeful even if you don’t use them. A small room can act as a study or a nursery, large empty corners can make for great reading nooks. Don’t think of how you use the spaces in your home, but rather the way they can use the spaces.
Natural light is the best way to go, but for those spaces that don’t get any exposure, you’re going to need to find a good lighting solution. Ensure there’s plenty of lighting and if more is needed – replace your standard incandescent lights for brighter, stronger halogen globes. Yellow globes create mood lighting whereas white lights are good for functional lighting. It’s important to strike a good balance between mood lighting and functional lighting when presenting a home.
5. Walls and Floors
It’s honestly surprising what a difference a fresh coast of paint and some new carpets can do for a home. Neutral colours work well as a base for walls and floors as it gives you room to move when adding colour through styling and décor. This simply eliminates the possibility of losing a buyer because of the colour schemes you’ve chosen. It’s far easier (and cheaper) to swap out some rugs and vases than repaint walls and rip up tiles and carpet.
White and neutral colours also make spaces seem bigger and brighter. If you’re not in a position to replace the flooring, simply give it a good clean. Re-grouting tiles or using a strong bleach to clean the tile grout is a great way to make your flooring look brand new again. If you’ve got timber floors think about restraining them or maybe even lime washing them.
6. Clean It Up!
A clean, tidy place indicates to buyers that the home is ready to go. There’s few things more deterring for buyers than walking into an unclean open home that palpably needs a lot of work. It will also give buyers a reason to propose lower offers.
Empty or organize all of your cupboards so that they look spacious inside (even if they’re not). Pay attention to the small details like light fittings and skirting boards.
Declutter as much of your junk as you can. You want buyers to envisage moving into their brand-new home, even if you’ve lived there for much of your life.