How to renovate your house to get it ready for selling

Deciding to sell your home is often a complicated decision. On the one hand, you’ve probably spent years building precious memories in this home and have probably spent a small fortune making that house feel like a home. On the other, sometimes you need a fresh start and you might want to move up or down the property ladder for various reasons.

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Either way, if you are thinking of selling, you’ll want to get as much as possible for your home and the best way to do that is to accentuate its best features. Sometimes, however, that might mean digging into your pockets for some renovation. But what sort of changes should you make to your home that will help it fetch a good price?

Redecoration

At a surface level, is your home looking the best it ever has? If the answer is no then it’s time to get out the paintbrushes and the sealant. You’d be surprised what a difference it will make to fill in all the little cracks and holes that you’ve ignored over the years and it’s a job you certainly won’t need to hire in the professionals for. Finish it off with a fresh coat of neutral paint and you’ll have created a perfect blank canvas for any new potential owners to work from.

The utilities

How old is your boiler? Generally speaking, how long gas boilers last will depend on how well they’ve been kept and how often they’ve been used. As a rule of thumb, however, if it’s more than 10 years old then it is not going to be very alluring to potential buyers. Still, if you can ensure it’s on and working whenever you’re hosting a viewing then you might be able to get by without having a new one fitted before selling. As for the lighting, make sure all the bulbs work just in case, but it’s always better to arrange a viewing in daylight anyway.

Modernisation

There are few things that put potential home buyers off a sale more than a home  that feels outdated and neglected. The homes that sell are the ones that have a modern atmosphere. That means clean, solid colours, a decluttered space wherever possible and double glazing on the windows.

Everything else

  • A good garden will always add extra interest to a property so never neglect your outdoor space.
  • If you have pets, you’re probably going to need to work extra hard when it comes to cleaning.
  • First impressions count, so ensure that the front door and the overall entrance to your home are as appealing as they possibly can be.
  • If there is anything on display that makes the home feel a little too much like your home then you might want to put it in storage.
  • Get creative with how you present your property. Remember, they are not buying a house from you, they are buying a better quality of life. Show them what that looks like!