When it comes to selling your home, we all often face the dilemma of whether you spend money on a home you are moving out of, or face the worry that not spending some money on your property may affect its chances in the housing market. Most of us are time (and budget) restricted so where’s best to focus your efforts when it comes to selling your home?
From our (many years!) of experience, we have come to recognise two ‘hot spots’ of any home in helping achieve that all important sale. Focussing on these two main ‘hot spots’ will maximise the use of both your time and money.
Coming in at number one, the room most buyers inspect the most closely and ask the most questions about is the kitchen. Often the focal point for any modern family, a well-appointed kitchen will dramatically increase the value of your home.
Ensure that the kitchen appeals to a wide range of people by keeping colours neutral and materials natural. Think wood, slate and tiles matched with beiges, greys or browns. Keep it tidy and simple and make sure all main appliances are up to date and clean. Often ‘sprucing’ up a kitchen doesn’t need to cost thousands. Repainting the cupboard doors, installing a new light fixture and replacing the blinds can work wonders.
In second place, it’s the bathrooms, in particular, the master bathroom. Bathrooms are challenging rooms to upgrade from a buyer’s point of view and can cause quite a hassle if out of use for a while. Because of this, buyers ideally want a bathroom that meets their needs immediately. Clean lines, his and her sinks as well as soaking baths will all impress a buyer but just ensuring faucets are replaced and the tiles and grout are clean will make a world of difference. Add some new towel rails, a large mirror and make sure it feels clean.
The rest of the home is still important to give a positive overall impression for the potential buyer. Most buyer’s want a home that is ready to move into and has a good quality finish. Ensure paint is touched up, keep surfaces clear of clutter and try and keep rooms neutral. That way potential buyers can more easily imagine putting their own mark on the property.
And finally, first impressions count. Make sure the outside of your home looks inviting. Clean the paths, trim any hedges and clean the windows. The rest is down to us!