Make sure your home hits the mark with our top tips on sprucing up your space without spending a fortune.
Many sellers focus on interiors, thinking that they’ll make or break a sale. But first impressions also count. Look at your house kerb appeal. It’s useful sometimes to take some pictures of your own house and then look at the pictures for clues to what to do.
It may only take a lick of paint on the front door and some new shiny door furniture to make a difference.
Sweep the front path, cut the lawn, hide the wheelie bins. Head to your garden centre and buy some plants in pots and place them where they will be seen from the road. If your doormat has worn out its welcome, replace it with a cheap and cheerful new one.
Groom your garden
Buyers hate overgrown gardens. Get yours under control by mowing the lawn, weeding flower beds and trimming hedges and bushes. Add interest with coordinating planters, which are relatively cheap and can be taken with you when you move.
Outside storage is important and will look more closely than you might expect at the state of the shed. If yours is looking a little tired, give it a lick of paint. The same goes for any fences. Once you’ve got garden features looking fresh, consider installing garden lighting so that home viewers can see them. This can be particularly helpful if your home viewings tend to be in the late afternoon or early evening.
Clear out the clutter
We all have it! It’s amazing what we save over the years but to make a great first impression, clear the clutter. Buyers need to feel that there’s ample space for their possessions, so this is a step that’s always worth taking.
As you tidy things away before a viewing, think about whether you really need to put the stuff back. Focus on individual rooms or areas, and categorise items based on whether you want to sell, donate or throw away.
Boost the bathroom
Bathrooms can be a deal maker or a deal breaker! There are plenty of ways to smarten up your bathroom without splashing out on a complete overhaul. Freshen up the paintwork and updating towel – and toilet-roll holders. Bathrooms need to be clean and time spent removing limescale and any mouldy grout is time well spent. Use bleach and ensure the loo, and importantly the loo seat is spotless, or preferably new.
The same is true for the shower curtain, taps and shower head. Also invest in some new fluffy towels, calming pieces of art and a good diffuser to create a spa-like feel.
Focus on the kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home, so it pays to focus on it when you’re preparing your property for sale. Ensure surfaces are decluttered then add some finishing touches with a matching chrome kettle and toaster. Refresh walls with a splash of moisture-resistant paint.
If your kitchen cupboards are looking a little dated, you can give them a new lease of life with a splash of paint or replace the door-fronts completely.
Old lighting can dull a room, so swap old bulbs for LED ones that will instantly lighten the space. Old blinds or curtains can also drag any room down, so think about changing them for white wide-slatted wooden Venetian blinds, which give the feel of shutters for minimal cost.
For some low-cost finishing touches, hang some easy-on-the-eye pieces of art, picking out a colour in the pictures and echoing this in new tea towels or scatter cushions. Style the window sill with herbs in pretty pots and place a vase of fresh flowers on a surface or table.
Liven up your living room
Paint is the most obvious way to lend your living room a fresh new look. Keep the colour neutral to appeal to a wide range of tastes and add interest with artwork. You can also work scatter cushions and throws into your scheme: these will add instant colour and texture for minimal cost.
If the room is small try hanging a cheap mirror on the opposite wall from the window so it reflects light and makes the space feel bigger.
Furniture can be expensive to replace, but some spray paint could give it a new lease of life. Similarly, you may not want to replace an old carpet, but you can disguise it with a carefully placed inexpensive rug.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to declutter. Did we mention this already? 😊
Let in light
It’s easy not to notice how much light is coming into a room when you’re familiar with it, but it’s worth a check. If the space appears a little bit drab, especially when it’s overcast, consider adding a few affordable tables and floor lamps. Before a viewing remember to turn all the lights on, even small side lamps – the more lights, the better.
Get planning permission
One of the most effective ways to add value to your property when you’re on a budget is to apply for planning permission. Applying for permission to add an extension or even an extensive remodel costs around £170 (depending on where you are) but it could add thousands to your property if your application is granted.
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