In this day and age, getting on the property ladder is a tough task for many people. However, keeping your foot on that ladder can be just as challenging when it comes to selling your home. This can be due to repairs that need doing, or the competition on the market at the time being more appealing than your home. In this article are a few ways of how you can increase the value of your property before putting it on the market.
We’ve all heard of the benefits of having solar panels installed into our homes. They are environmentally friendly panels that sit on the roof of your home. They generate power to then use in your house by absorbing the sunlight and turning it into electricity which in turn; reduces power bills by a lot of money. Many customers of solar panel companies comment saying that in the summer they barely pay anything for energy bills because the wonderful weather has generated enough for them to live on.
The fact that they reduce energy bills allows them to add massive amounts onto the value of properties. Getting them installed might be pricey, but they pay for themselves within a year. Definitely worth thinking about making the investment into your property before selling it.
It’s likely that over time your windows and doors have become worn and old through weather. Or, you simply might have never had them replaced due to them being fine for your needs. Whichever your situation is, consider replacing your windows and doors to add value to the property of your home. While they may not massively change the look of your home, they will add benefits like the heat being able to stay inside, and in the hotter months they will help keep the heat out so your home stays nice and cool.
Showing prospective buyers around your home and mentioning that the windows are brand new will also show them that the expense of replacing windows and doors is off the cards for many years; therefore you will be able to add a substantial amount to your asking price.
One thing that many people look for when they are buying a house, is the size of the garden and also the condition that it is in. If you’ve never taken the time to do anything special to your garden, not to worry. There are many easy ways of sprucing up your garden so that it’s more appealing to potential buyers.
Doing up your garden so that the new owners of the property won’t have much work to do when they move in will also give space to add value to your home. Also, while you’re in the process of selling you can enjoy the work that you’ve put into your home, especially if the weather is nice enough to sit out!
Even though many people would love to buy a home that’s perfectly decorated, it’s unlikely that they will ever find a home that’s perfect for them. The best way to approach this is to keep the colors neutral throughout your home so that when people come to view it, they can see it as a ‘blank canvas’ for them to turn it into their own living space when they move in. If your home is already nicely decorated, then of course leave it as it is, but if it’s in need of a spruce up then consider sticking to neutral colors.
A good idea to keep the value of your home high, is to put down flooring that is hardwearing, yet still looks good.
There are often other small improvements that you could make, so that your asking price remains high. Try to do as many of these repairs as possible:
- Mold or damp on the walls
- Uneven walls or holes in walls
- Dented cupboards
- Squeaky doors
- Dodgy switches
- Make sure your electrics are working correctly
- Make sure every room has a light bulb
- Keep the house as clean as possible
- De-clutter before viewings happen
Even though the thought of making all of these changes to your home might seem expensive and like a lot of effort, the improvements that you make will be worth it in the long run so that you can make as much money from your property as possible, and start thinking about your next dream home. Good luck with your move!