Top tips for increasing the speed of a house sale & increase value
Home selling preparation
The primary objective of property investment is to increase its value; you merely want it selling at a higher price than what you bought it for. With housing prices continually appreciating over the hour, now is the ideal time to invest in your house to fully exploit its value. Simple tweaks can be the game changer- and while it is a common perception that increasing property value is a complex phenomenon, you will be delighted to learn that it is quite an easy process. Want to capitalize on your home’s value fully? Below are some of the best ways to help you achieve your goal.
Clean up, walls, skirting boards, surfaces & windows
Nothing puts off potential home purchasers that grime, clutter, and typical weird smells which are characteristic of a messy house. To best way to avoid this is to start with de-cluttering together with depersonalizing your space in the best possible way, even going as far as painting all walls with a neutral cream magnolia colour. Would-be buyers will find it hard to settle and picture themselves in your home when it appeared disorganized and stocked with personal effects and that snazzy wallpaper you picked out to match your theme.
Lemony DE-greasing – fragrant cleaning
You can start out with simple actions such as thoroughly vacuuming your home, wiping & De-greasing every surface and dusting all the spaces and accessories in the house. A good thing to use for this kind of thing is a watered down lemon juice because the acidity helps cut through grease and grime better than most detergents and has the added bonus of a fragrant lemony smell that gets left behind. Nonetheless, if the house is severely cluttered you can always consider hiring the services of a professional to help you out or a trusted friend to help you decide what to throw away just in case you happen to be hoarding junk, this is common and your friend can help you choose in an unbiased way which is junk, what to keep and which you are overly attached to.
Spruce up your kitchen, minimize clutter add a few herbs
As many real estate brokers and agents will attest to, the kitchen is that one room in a home that makes all the difference when selling a property, I myself have turned away from a house rental that was perfect in every way except the kitchen and I did not want to have to redo the kitchen I wanted it ready to move in so i crossed it off my list. Nonetheless, this is not to say that you should only focus on it and neglect the rest of the spaces. Start out by making all the minor but necessary repairs which can inspire second guess thoughts to your clients-that leaky faucet, that burn mark on your counter-top or a loose light fixture. The changes are set towards improving the overall aesthetic appeal of the house. Moreover, details can subsequently also make a significant impact such as installing polished knobs on the cabinets. Finally, you can even spruce it up by adding new curtains and repainting the walls to give the space a fresh, clean and inviting look. Here are a few easy tips on fixing kitchen cabinets.
Home cooking helps sell a home
As crazy as it may seem something as simple as cooking some bread or cupcakes just before a home visit can have a massive psychological effect on a buyer/renter. We do need to De-clutter and make the home more of show home than a lived in home but the lived in effect of home cooking has a positive effect on someone because the smells give the house that clean, homely feel and makes it all that little bit more real and less clinical. Something like logs burning in a wood stove is also a great idea.
Give your Bathroom a Revamp, clean it up
An old-looking, dirty or cracked toilet is an instant turn-off-and it extends to a vanity, which on average standards ought to be practical and eye-catching. Buyers are attracted to well-maintained and clean looking homes, particularly in the bathroom area.
Simple improvements such as caulking your tub, re-grouting your tile floor and or even installing new fixtures and accessories in your bathroom will play a significant role in wooing and ultimately convincing the client to make a purchase and does not cost a great deal or need a professional. It also gives you a good opportunity to clean right up the the rim of these fixtures which are usually caked with limescale and scum that is difficult or impossible to remove without loosening or removing them completely.
A typical “before” picture of a used & limescale covered bathroom fixture
How an old bathroom looks after a bit of a clean, new fittings & a bit of silicone sealant
A cool idea – limescale descaling gadget i found on Amazon
Re-pointing of exterior brickwork
You would never attend a meeting or job interview without adequately combing your hair and grooming appropriate attire, would you? Similarly, you should not attempt to sell your house devoid of smartening its exterior. Start out by with the essential touches such as trimming overgrown bushes and shrubs, mowing your lawn and or even applying a new mulch layer to your garden beds.
Moreover, one aspect that is common with most homes across various vicinity is mortar-particularly with Victorian houses and masonry homes. In such homes, the exterior stone, concrete work or mortar is in most cases separated using mortar courtesy of its sturdy structure and accessibility. Nonetheless, with the exposure to varying weather conditions, wear and tear are bound to kick in, and the bricks/stones/concrete work ultimately exhibit signs of disintegration resulting in them getting more absorbent and softer. As such, it is critical that you address and re-point your property. Besides the repair aspect of it, freshly re-pointed homes stand out and are appealing which is why you need to consider doing so.