Tue 28 Mar 2017
Whether you are selling now or maintaining your home to sell in the future, there are many small improvements you can address to keep your property in best shape for when the time comes to sell-up, without stretching your budget.
John German Estate Agents’ simple home improvement tips for under £500
1. Mirrors to create the illusion of natural light
There’s no need to install skylights or build a conservatory to brighten up your home, be cost-effective by hanging mirrors opposite windows to trick the eye into thinking there is another window and giving the illusion of natural light. Another illusion when capturing light is to reflect it into any darker corners, to make your property look bigger and brighter.
2. A pristine and private garden will add appeal
Sprucing up your garden can go a long way. There’s no need for a large budget to achieve this. Start by tidying away any litter, mowing your lawn, removing all perennial weeds and cutting back overgrown trees and shrubs.
Once you have made the space look attractive, try and create a feeling of solitude. An open, clutter-free space is appealing but privacy is essential. Consider growing trees or assembling a structure in the space such as a pergola. As well as creating privacy, this is a great way to separate areas of your garden for socialising and to extend the use of your garden into the colder months. You could also consider putting up a fence or building a wall around the boundary, anything below 2metres will not require planning permission.
3. Get rid of busy wallpaper so your buyer won’t have to
With each potential house buyer having varied tastes in patterns and texture, certain wallpaper designs can be seen as overwhelming. Wallpaper can also be difficult to remove which could lead to people being put off by if they are looking for a home to move straight into. We recommend using paint and keeping colours neutral, making it a simpler job for the next homeowner and the property overall becomes more appealing.
4. Replace doors to make the right first impression
First impressions count. The front door of your home can say a lot about the rest of the house to viewers seeing it for the first time. If you cannot afford to replace the door, make sure it looks attractive by giving it a power wash or a fresh lick of paint.
5. Make your home energy efficient
Making your home more energy efficient will not only help to reduce your current household bills, but it can also help when marketing your property to potential buyers. If you do decide to sell, it is a legal requirement to have an Energy Performance Certificate, so buyers are aware of the running cost of the home.
For further advice about selling a property or for a free valuation contact your local John German branch
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