From Your Front Door to Your Bathroom
If you want your home to sell well, you need to make it stand out from the crowd – and in a good way.
Buying a home is a big investment and when the time comes to sell it, you’ll obviously want to make a good return on that. To help your home sell for as much as possible, here are ten improvements you should be making before you put it onto the market.
Chances are your loft is just used for storage. If you invest in a conversion though, you could add another room to your home. An additional bedroom is always a good selling point, and the same goes for a home office.
Conservatories are always popular, and adding one to your home will increase its value. Make sure you tie it in with your existing décor so that it feels like an extension of your living space. To bring the outside in, add some plants.
Parking is a must for many prospective buyers, so consider paving over your front garden. If you still want some greenery, leave some room for flowerbeds down the sides or invest in some potted trees.
If your windows are looking a little past their best, then it’s time to get some new ones fitted. If you haven’t yet, look into getting double glazing. It’s a priority for some buyers, especially if you live on a busy road.
Nothing dates a house more than a tired looking bathroom. If you’re going to upgrade yours, find a good bathroom supplier and go for a clean, bright look with a white suite and neutral tiles.
Open-plan living area
The current trend for open plan living is still going strong, so consider knocking some walls down if you can. Not only will it appeal to buyers, it will open up any cramped or dark areas and make them look much bigger.
Attractive front door
If the paint is peeling off of your front door, you’re not making a great first impression. Just take an afternoon to freshen up your door with a lick of paint, and make it look brand new by buying a new knocker or door number.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, so make sure that yours looks appealing. Get some new doors or units from a trusted kitchen supplier, and give the walls a fresh coat of paint. Oh, and keep it tidy if people are viewing your home! Head to one of our showrooms to get some kitchen inspiration!
Give the outside of your home some TLC to spruce up its kerb appeal. Paint the walls, remove any moss, fix the guttering – you know the drill. If you think it’s an eyesore, so will any potential buyers – so make them want to come in.
What’s the first room a prospective buyer will see? More often than not it’s the hall – and they often feel dark and cramped. The solution? Paint it a bright, neutral colour, put in some wooden flooring and invest in some new light fittings and mirrors.
You’ll reap the rewards
There you have it – your ten-step plan to making your home as marketable as possible. If you can’t afford some of the major overhauls, just do as much as you can. After all, every little change you make will help. Your home will look so great at the end of it all, you may not even want to move!
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William Durrant is the managing director of Herringbone Kitchens in Kent, a kitchen designer and installer. For kitchen inspiration visit one of their kitchen showrooms and speak to the experts.