Thinking about putting your property up for sale? Looking for easy and low-cost ways to increase your home’s value? Want to be sure you’re doing everything you can to get the best price for your property?
At Arden Estates, we’ve met homeowners struggling to achieve the price their property is worth. It can be difficult to know how exactly you can increase the equity in your home in a way that will pay off when you sell. Luckily there are easy, cheap and effective ways to add real value to your property.
Here are 3 of the simplest ways we’ve seen homeowners increase the value of their property…
1 – Do Those Little Decorations You’ve Been Putting Off
The biggest thing you can do to help your property shine for prospective buyers is to do those touch-ups and decoration jobs you’ve been putting on the back burner for months. It can be hard juggling your daily life with the selling process, and the thought of adding lots of home renovations to that list may be daunting.
That’s why we recommend focusing on the little things instead!
Fresh Lick Of Paint
You’ve probably heard it a million times, but there’s a reason estate agents keep telling people to give their home a fresh coat of paint: it works!
Nothing rejuvenates a room like a lick of paint. Not only does it cover up annoying little stains like little dirty fingerprints or shoe scuff marks, but it also creates a clean, fresh backdrop throughout your home. Of course, paint within reason. Bright or bold colours aren’t always the best choice. Instead, stick to neutral and light tones that open up a room and allow viewers to imagine their own style.
If you do like painting or can’t do it yourself then just give us a call and we will get a member of our House of Arden team to come round and get the job done.
Every home has those little areas that are awaiting improvement. Whether it’s a lifting corner of wallpaper, a broken door handle or a noticeable stain, don’t put off repairs any longer. Now is the best time to do those small jobs that would otherwise be forgotten.
The best way to judge whether a repair will add value to your home is to put yourself in the shoes of a prospective buyer. Step through your front door with fresh eyes. The wonky cupboard or squeaky internal door may not bother you, but it could be the first thing a prospective buyer’s attention is drawn to.
Update Your Kitchen & Bathroom Decor
In many cases, it’s the kitchen and bathroom that people like to see when buying a house. If your kitchen or bathroom looks lacklustre or especially outdated, it’s definitely worth addressing.
Don’t worry! You don’t need to splash the cash on a whole new bathroom suite. Much of the time all that’s needed is a thorough, deep clean and some decor finishing touches, like stick-on tiles, new bath mats or attractive shelving. Simply reducing clutter and things on show can add instant space – and saves you time when it comes to packing up to move!
2 – Give Your Garden Extra Attention
When you first bought or built your home, was your garden a big bonus or a must-have feature? It may be for your next buyers! That’s why it’s important not to overlook your garden.
No matter what size or style of garden you have, from acres to a small space outside your front door, your garden can be a major selling point. A beautiful, neat garden has the benefit of adding curb appeal, making your home instantly more attractive before viewers even step foot inside.
One of the most value-adding things you can do to your garden is to keep it clear of litter, dog mess or unwanted garden items. It’s easy to overlook a rusting swing set or a compost area that’s become unmanageable. But potential home buyers will notice things like this, and make a negative judgement about the house or area.
Cutting back wild or untamed bushes and weeds is another easy way to create a more manageable and clean-looking garden space quickly. Just imagine the garden you’d be looking for when buying your next home. Many families are especially interested in a well-kept, low-maintenance, functional garden.
3 – Instantly Add Value With Home Staging
You may have heard of home staging, but how can it increase the value of your property?
In a nutshell, staging turns a house into a home, making it easier for prospective buyers to imagine themselves living in your property. If you can give people house envy, you easily add value to your property, as they see your home as something to aspire to and wish for!
Home staging puts together the crucial elements that can turn property viewers into high-value offers. Staging includes everything from stylish furnishings, rugs, lamps and tables to artwork and scented candles.
You can give it a go yourself with what you already have in your home, or you can get our team of professional home stylists to help make your home truly unforgettable (you may even get some tips for styling your next home!).
Home staging is a frequently under-used method of adding value to your home, but it’s one of the easiest. Styling and presenting your home properly can help you get more viewings, sell faster, add perceived value and most importantly, increase your final sale price.
Serious About Increasing Your Property’s Value?
These 3 simple and budget-friendly methods can add instant and real value to any home. Spend some time on those forgotten decoration and repair jobs, declutter your garden space and use home staging to present your home in its best light.
You can get the top market price for your home. You just need the right information at the right time. If you’re ready to get serious about adding value to your property and selling it for the best price possible, get started by contacting our property experts for reliable and effective advice.