If you’re putting your home on the market, you’ll no doubt be interested in an estate agent’s views on what will add value to your home, and what won’t. The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA Propertymark) released some advice back in March via a press release, offering hints and tips for sellers to make the most of their properties.
Mark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark, says: “Faced with a difficult housing market, updating and maintaining a property is more important now than ever for homeowners. Whether you need more space but can’t afford to move, or want to put your house on the market, you should be making the most of what you’ve got. You can be on a budget or willing to spend, there are always innovative improvements that can be undertaken which will successfully increase your home’s value”.
Everyone knows that an extension or a new kitchen will up value, so we’ve focused on the clever ideas that won’t cost the earth but will make a difference to your home:
Just because you can’t add a skylight or knock a new window into a wall, you can still create more light in your home through the use of mirrors. Hanging mirrors opposite windows tricks the eye into thinking there is another window there and maximises the impact of natural lighting. Another illusion when capturing light is to reflect it into any darker corners, to make your property look bigger and brighter.
- A tidy garden
Even if you’re not green fingered, a quick tidy of a garden can make a big difference. Clear out the weeds, cut back anything overgrown and mow the lawn.
- Get rid of busy wallpaper
A few years ago, busy floral designs came back with a vengeance! Now they can be overwhelming to viewers, so consider repapering, or stripping away old designs for a fresh, neutral look.
- Be energy efficient
Highlight any energy efficient features of your home (recent boiler, double glazing, fitted appliances in the kitchen etc.). If you’ve already had your smart meter installed, show it off. Energy efficiency is a key consideration for buyers in 2017.
It might seem silly when the clutter doesn’t come with the house, but an open, clear home makes a massive difference to viewers and can help them picture themselves living there. So remove the clutter to increase your price!
For more advice on optimising your home for sale value, get in touch with your Bensons’ account manager today.