Tips for boosting the price of your home before you move

Posted by Cato Cooper on

Many people believe that they don’t need to do any work to their home if they are looking at selling it, simply because they won’t get to enjoy the new aspects of it, such as a tidy garden or new décor, but the truth is, they’ll benefit financially, as making small improvements can help boost the price it sells for.

The first thing people see when they approach your home is the surrounding outside space. It’s important to keep your property’s kerb appeal up, so pay attention to flower beds by making sure they are well weeded and tidy, and ensure lawns are mowed regularly too. It is also important to keep fencing and any trees and hedging neat. Remember to pop your rubbish bins somewhere unobtrusive as well, so that they don’t ruin the ambience.

In the summer months it’s easier to dress your garden for a sale by using props such as hanging baskets, pots of plants, furniture and equipment like barbecues. These not only introduce colour and charm they also help potential buyers envisage how they might use the space.

As the hub of many homes, the kitchen usually needs the most attention. Replace handles and door units or give them a lick of paint. I regularly use Autentico chalk paint for my upcycling projects as there’s no sanding or priming involved and you can paint straight onto wood/varnished or melamine door fronts.

Replacing a kitchen can add up to 10% value to a home so is certainly worth investing in. Buyers want a light, bright and modern cooking space. Neutral flooring is a good idea too, something that’s easy to clean is a good selling point for families looking to buy.

A fresh coat of paint on the walls of other rooms in the house can work wonders for brightening it up if it’s a bit drab. Use natural, light colours to give the illusion of space and add mirrors and cheerful accessories.

*Image credit to Autentico Chalk Paint

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