If you’re looking to move out and get a bigger home for your family, you’ll need to sell your existing home first. And if it’s not in tip-top condition, you’ll struggle to get the asking price, and you’ll be forced to settle for less.
That’s bad news, especially if you’re on a tight budget and you badly need extra space. Well, fortunately, there’s a lot of stuff you can do to make your home more attractive to buyers. Here’s some advice from the experts.
Tip #1: Craft A Sizzling Kitchen
When visitors first come to look around you home, they’ll make a beeline for the kitchen. It’s the room that they care about the most and the one that they want to update the least. As a result, homes that have the newest kitchens are those that are most likely to sell.
Gwen Moran, the author of Build Your House On A Shoestring, says that families on tight budgets don’t actually have to rip out their old kitchens and replace them with new ones. Instead, they can simply hire a refacing company, she says. All refacing companies do is remove cabinet doors and drawers and replace them with new ones at a fraction of the cost of refitting the entire kitchen. Moran says that families can save even more money if a member of the family happens to have good DIY skills and can refit kitchen cabinets by themselves. You could just repaint the cupboards with a fresh coat of paint.
Tip #2: Sort Out The Roof
The next most concerning aspect of any house for new buyers is the roof, simply because of the perceived cost and hassle of repairing it. The good news is that prices are usually relatively modest, depending on the type of job that needs doing. Companies like Collier Roofing help return properties back to the state they were in when they were first built, which is ideal if you’re trying to flog an interwar build.
Repairing a roof is also a chance to update the look of the roof to appear more modern and stylish. You could try experimenting with ranch-style tiles if your home happens to have exposed wooden beams, or dark slate if you live in a Victorian terrace. Thanks to modern materials, it’s now possible to transform old houses into something completely different by expanding skylights and replacing postwar tiles with something more up to date.
Tip #3: Buff Up The Bathroom
Moran says that even simple things can dramatically improve the quality of your bathroom, including replacing the toilet seat and getting rid of old, discoloured vinyl flooring. Often, she says, if you’re using vinyl, you don’t even have to take up the old floor: you can just lay the new one on top of it.
If your shower or bath is looking a little bit worse for wear, whip out a scourer and get some bathroom cleaner to remove any mould. Then grab some caulking and re-caulk any areas that look as if they aren’t water-tight. While you are at it, check to see whether any chipped tiles need replacing.
Tip #4: Tidy up the Garden
Do basic weeding and make sure the front drive is clear and the house looks good when the buyer first pulls up. A few pretty flowers will make a big difference.
Disclosure: this is a collaborative post, all opinions are my own.