Every seller hopes to achieve the best possible price for their home. However, if you need to sell your home quickly an estate agent will often advise that you market your property below the estimated market value. But who said you have to choose?
Before you start building an extension, here are some cheap and easy ways to ensure your home sells for a brilliant price in a timely manner.
Paint, Repair and Tidy
This applies to the interior and exterior of your home. Repair anything that is broken or damaged and tidy up to improve your home’s appearance. This includes broken guttering or lighting, as well as mowing the lawn, trimming hedges and using storage solutions to tidy away clutter.
Tip: Make sure you paint interior walls in neutral colours as this will appeal to a wider range of buyers.
Create Space and Purpose
You can create space by knocking down walls to create an open plan living area, something that can work brilliantly if your home is small. Add French doors and a patio to increase the amount of available ground floor space. Or remove trinkets and bulky furniture. Alternatively, you can create space by implementing different design techniques.
In addition, ensure that your rooms are functional. Add a small table and chairs to create a dining kitchen, or a bed in the study to create a second bedroom. A viewer needs to be able to see how the space can be used and function as a home.
Get Planning Permission
Rather than spend thousands of pounds on an extension that may not reap the size of financial reward you would hope for, only purchase the planning permission. Typically, this costs around £300 and can greatly sway a viewing in your house’s favour.
Tip: Before you submit your plan, look at the extensions that have already been granted on your street. Precedents may have been set by work that has already been done, so doing your research first will help to prevent your plan from being rejected.
Kitchen and Bathroom Repairs
The kitchen is often regarded as the heart of the home and both the kitchen and bathroom can greatly influence the outcome of a viewing. If these rooms are tired and in desperate need of a makeover, buyers are often put off as they perceive them as high cost areas to rectify.
Rather than install a modern suite or state of the art appliances, make small changes to make these rooms look fresh. Paint walls and ceilings, redo grouting, replace the toilet seat, repair chips in the sink or bathtub, paint kitchen cupboards and add new handles. The result? A huge transformation for a fraction of the cost.