Moving to a new house can be an exciting time. It’s a chance for a new beginning, perhaps a new job with all of the fresh opportunities it can offer. It’s also chance to explore a new neighborhood with new neighbors to befriend. However, the process of selling your home can be a challenging and stressful one, with fears over changing housing markets and the desire to get the best price for your home dominating all else. Buying a home is likely to be the single most expensive purchase a person will ever make, so you want to be sure that your home is as attractive as it can be to potential buyers. You may plan to do some renovations to make your home more appealing, but before undertaking any major works you need to be sure it will increase the value of your property.
Follow these top tips to help potential buyers fall in love with your home, and ultimately get you the best price for it.
Extend your living space
Extending the living space in your home is a sure-fire way to raise its value. There are numerous options, including installing an attic room, renovating a basement or extending outwards, such as a kitchen extension or conservatory. Not only does extending your living space create more rooms, but you should also recoup your initial investment. For example, renovating a basement should increase the value of your home by 20-30%. Don’t forget that renovating a basement or attic can offer potential buyers multiple uses; a basement could be a playroom, a bedroom, or a home office.
Get great curb appeal
Curb appeal is vital to securing your buyer and can add serious money on to the sale value of your house. Updating the exterior appeal of your home can make the difference between a buyer deciding it is the house for them or walking on to the next one. Give your home a lick of exterior paint to give it a fresh feel. Include pops of color outside with bright patio furniture and install window boxes full of flowers, and also make sure the windows are clean and sparkling.
Upgrade your kitchen
Renovating your kitchen can be worthwhile as it will add value to your home. Kitchens are one of the key rooms that buyers look at to determine if they want to make an offer on the house. The kitchen is often the heart of the home, the hub where families spend most of their time together, cooking, eating and socializing. As such, spending money renovating it can pay off when it comes to selling. You could upgrade your appliances to energy-efficient and stainless steel ones, as this can increase value as well as boost the aesthetic appeal. Relatively simple changes can also make a big impact, such as installing a new, well-designed faucet on the sink or buying a nice tablecloth and ensuring any visible shelves are filled with attractive jars and pots, for example. If you know that your kitchen needs a little more work, you could then consider knocking down a wall or creating a half wall to create a semi-open plan, or extend out by adding a conservatory. Putting in skylights where possible will allow natural light to stream into the room, making it seem more spacious and airy.
Landscape the garden
Spending time ensuring your garden is lush and green is worthwhile when it comes to showing off your homes potential and can help buyers fall in love with it before even entering through the front door. Focus on tidying up your lawn, clearing any dead leaves or plants away, de-weeding, and raking over and re-seeding any dead spots in the grass. Create a beautiful garden by going for an array of colorful plants and flowers, ensuring it is inviting to the eye. Carefully prune any greenery that is obstructing windows or limiting the natural light from entering the house. A well-maintained garden is the first thing potential buyers will see, and it will tell them that you care about your home and have looked after the rest of it well, too.
Get advice from professionals
If you need help knowing where to start when it comes to selling your home for the best price then get advice from the professionals. By contacting a real estate brokerage, you can access tailored advice from people with in-depth knowledge of your local market. They can assist you with how to present your home best online and in person to make sure that it sells for more.
Open day appeal
On the day of your open day make sure that your home is as warm and inviting as possible. Focus on the small details. If it’s chilly outside, then turn the heating on to make it cozy inside. Do not underestimate the power of aroma to help sell your house. Dot scented candles, plug-in fresheners and reed diffusers around your home, and go for seasonal scents such as gingerbread or ocean breeze to complement the time of year. Or you could go for the tried and tested realtor approach to creating an inviting aroma by making a batch of home-baked cookies. Not only will these smell delicious and inviting but they will help potential buyers see your house as their next home. Make sure your home is clean and tidy, including inside all the cupboards as potential buyers may want a thorough look around. De-clutter and de-personalize so that the home says less about you and your family and offers more of a blank canvas to those looking to buy. This can help people to see themselves living there, so remove any personal artworks or photographs. If you have painted your interior rooms in bright colors, then it may be worth re-painting it in neutrals so that it has wider appeal. Take a look at how colors can affect people’s moods and make sure you go for something that makes your home warm and inviting, such as a calming blue or a warming cream color.