Adding Value To Your Home Before Selling
There are many simple ways to increase the value of your home before you sell, and not all of them have to break the bank. Although you want to make sure that your roof and plumbing is up to date these are fairly expensive upgrades and really won’t give you the financial gain you would hope.
Concentrating on eye appealing aesthetics is a smart and inexpensive way to increase your asking price. Most homebuyers will decide almost immediately after walking through the door if your house is what they are looking for in a home. Here are a few inexpensive and simple tips to wow your prospective buyers.
Clean, De-clutter and Clean Again
A cluttered and unclean home is an instant turn off to prospective buyers. People want a home that is move-in ready. A cluttered home is not only un-sightly, it can also make your home look smaller than what it is.
Dealing with clutter should be your first course of action before you embark on any type of renovations, and by dealing with the clutter I mean all the clutter, including your closets and cupboards (yes they will look), and by clean I mean can eat off of the floors clean. A fresh coat of paint and new flooring will go entirely un-noticed amongst a dirty and cluttered home.
Warm it up with Fresh Carpeting
Aside from being a natural sound reducer and insulator, carpet is an inexpensive and easy way to boost your home’s value. There’s just something about a freshly carpeted room that adds a warm and inviting atmosphere that hard flooring just can’t compete with.
Laying some carpet in your bedroom can turn a drab and un-inviting space into a cosy and comforting area of rest, while carpeting your living room will not only brighten the room up, it can be an important selling point for couples with young children. Hard floors can be hazardous for toddlers and small children learning to walk, and the cushioning aspect of carpet is a strong selling point for those who are seeking out a safe and child friendly home for their family.
Utilise your Basement or Loft
Many people consider the option of installing an addition to their home to increase its value, but if you already have a basement or loft this is a costly and unnecessary step. Utilising the space in these areas gives you a cheap and profitable advantage. A few pieces of drywall paired with soft underlay and luxurious carpeting will transform a section of or your entire basement/loft into a comfortable family/recreation room or even an additional bedroom, all of which will increase your home’s value significantly.
A fresh coat of paint
A few coats of fresh emulsion, a few rolls of wall-paper and a large tin of white gloss, can add a small fortune on to the asking price of your property. Colour-schemes should be kept neutral as families will be imagining their furniture and possessions in the rooms when they view. A useful trick is to colour the walls in a neutral shade, but add an accent colour to one wall only. These feature walls make the room look larger, warmer and far more welcoming, but the new home-owner only has to change 1 wall to give the room their colour-scheme. The jury is out on magnolia paint, but there are plenty of other shades of beige, grey, tinted white, or even brown to give your room that universal appeal.
Hire a Professional
One of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to save money on home upgrading is attempting to do work that they are not qualified for. This can be a disastrous corner-cutting mistake. Remember, it is always worth it to spend a little extra money to have the job done right, you’ll more than likely reap the money you paid out through the sale of your home when it all goes through.