Are you thinking of putting your home on the market right now? Spring is well known for being the best time of year to sell, so here are some simple and easy home updates that you can use to increase the chances of getting the price you want.
Of course, when prospective buyers are visiting, first impressions are very important. The exterior will determine whether the viewers decide to get out of the car and bother to come in. Therefore, we’d recommend painting the outside of your home, getting the windows cleaned and tidying the garden, trimming any unruly plants and weeding where necessary. Keeping your grass cut and making sure there’s no rubbish in your garden is an obvious place to start, but if you really want to go to town think about adding new plants, either planting them into flowerbeds or using pot plants to give your outdoor space a splash of colour.
One of the best ways of improving the curb appeal of your home is by installing a new front door. As well as the front of the house and garden, how the front door appears is another important first impression. Installing a new front door will brighten up your home’s exterior and look a lot more welcoming, as well as boosting security.
We can’t stress the importance of curb appeal enough. If your home doesn’t have it, then you’ll struggle to attract interest.
New windows are another thing to consider. Before you spend lots of money getting the window panes cleaned and repainted, consider replacing them altogether. There’s a wide variety of different styles and colours available when it comes to uPVC windows and doors, so you shouldn’t struggle for choice! Newer windows will also be far more energy efficient, which means a better EPC rating and lower energy bills for your prospective buyers (or even yourself if you do decide not to move after all!).
Moving to the interior of your home, there are not many things which will put a buyer off than seeing outdated and faded carpets. You might say that most people can see past this, however you want to make it as easy as possible for buyers to be able to envisage themselves in the space. So, rip out those old carpets in favour of fresher floors such as wood, laminate or Luxury Vinyl Tiles. Not only do these materials look better but are also more durable and practical.
The colours in which you have decorated will also be noted by those who are looking at buying from you. You might be into bright orange walls in your living room and lime green in your kitchen, but the chances are viewers aren’t going to feel the same! So, take a little time to give spaces with crazy colours a little bit of a makeover in a more neutral, welcoming colour, which is easier for buyers to change if they choose to buy from you.
Decluttering is always beneficial, especially when you’re trying to sell your home. Again, people want to envisage their own belongings in your home, so keep things clean and spacious as much as you can. You’ll have to declutter once you start packing up anyway, so you might as well get started to give yourself the best chance possible. You’d be surprised by how different your interior can look after a declutter!
Think about which of these updates are most relevant for your home and spend a little time to undertake tasks such as painting, mowing the lawn and updating your fenestrations…of course, there’s no guarantee that you’ll sell even after you complete these touch ups, but it will almost certainly help your cause.