Increase Your House Value with These Low-Cost Solutions
Selling your house is a grand undertaking and can often take months depending on desirability and the speed of the current property market. Whether you plan to sell your house at auction, through traditional methods or you are looking to rent it out, we look at some low-cost ways to increase the value of your property and make it stand above the rest.
Fixing Small Problems
Although it sounds like a no-brainer, fixing small problems in your property goes a long way to improving first-impressions to buyers and justifying the asking price. Structural and superficial imperfections can draw the eye and should be considered high priority if you do not have the funds for property renovations.
l Repair any leaks or sagging of the roof
l Filling and plastering over small cracks
l Replacing missing or broken roof/floor/wall tiles
l Touch up painted areas, particularly areas that are peeling or flaking
l Fix any squeaky or stiff hinges, on doors, cabinets, windows etc
l Replace poorly laid or old laminated flooring and polish or sand wood flooring
While there is plenty of other superficial defects to consider, these make a good starting point and often stick out in the minds of prospective buyers.
Increase Your Kerb Appeal
Stand outside your property and take a good, long look. This is what potential buyers see when they first arrive. It’s important to make your “kerb appeal” the best it can possibly be for that all-important first impression. We look at a couple of simple ways you can tidy up the front of your property;
l Revive your front door - give it a new coat of paint, replace worn out doorknobs, handles and knockers, replace the letterbox and potentially add a house number. Don’t forget to repaint the doorframe
l Repointing brickwork goes a long way to making the front of your house look tidy. If you don’t fancy undertaking this labour-intensive task, we recommend contacting your local builder
l Put in the right type of greenery. If you’ve got a front garden, be sure to keep it neatly maintained and weed free with a nice colourful array of flowers. Similar to a driveway, ensure there’s no unattractive growth and repair or replace broken or cracked slabs
These are just a few low-cost solutions that can go a long way when selling your property, in addition to keeping your property clean and tidy and decluttered for potential viewers. Reducing the amount of work new owners will need to do on exchange is considered hugely beneficial and can possibly help sway the purchase.