How to make your home more marketable

With today’s property market favouring the buyer, homeowners have to make sure their house has the maximum amount of ‘curb appeal’ to give it the best chance of being sold.

If you are selling your home but are unconfident you will get the best value, then following a few tips will help you improve the desirability of your home.

If you’re on a budget, there are many simple things you can do to instantly make your home more desirable. Firstly, it is important to remember that the majority of people looking to buy a property will go online first. Therefore, the photos that your Estate Agent will take need to show your property in the best light to encourage people to book a house viewing.

An easy way of making sure exterior photos look good is to give the outside of your house a tidy. It may sound obvious but simple tasks like mowing a lawn and planting some flowers can really make a difference in the eyes of a potential buyer. Also, make sure your driveway and walkway to your house are clean and weed free. A quick burst with a jet washer will soon have tired old slabs looking refreshed.

With interiors, there are many things you can do to make your home more marketable. However, it is important to not get ahead of yourself. Make sure you plan your improvements based on the budget and time that you have to spend. Ensure that you tidy your home from top to bottom and remove any clutter. It may sound like a given, but you’d be surprised how many people reject a house because it looks untidy. It creates the illusion that there is not enough room to store items and can make a house seem smaller. Finish off by adding some colourful flowers.

Re-painting or wallpapering can give a complete transformation to a home and is relatively cheap and takes minimal time. Try going for neutral colours as these have been proven to be the most attractive to potential buyers. If you don’t have the time to re-paint, buy some sugar soap which can instantly brighten paint work and costs less than £3.00. Replacing old fixtures, such as lamps and tables, can create a modern feel in your house on a small budget.  Go along to a local DIY and ask an expert or search the internet for key trends in lighting and furniture.

Hiring a carpet or furniture cleaner can be done at minimal cost and is essential if you have pets, especially long haired dogs. Also, if you do have pets, make sure they’re kept out of the way when you have house viewings. Remember, not everyone is an animal lover so don’t give potential buyers the opportunity to turn your house down because of it.

If you are looking to make a more substantial home improvement, why not refit a bathroom? Bathrooms are one of the key selling points for most potential buyers so if you have a well presented bathroom which requires minimal work, you’re guaranteed to impress. Bathrooms need to be clean, fresh and relaxing. To achieve this, give the bathroom a scrub to remove lime scale. Carpet is an absolute no – no in today’s bathrooms. Replace carpet with vinyl flooring which is easy to clean and will give a bathroom a modern feel. To top it all off, don’t be afraid to add some accessories. It’s true that people don’t like clutter so make sure all your bottles of bubble bath aren’t crammed into a tiny space, however, adding some nice new accessories like candles and scented soaps will soon transform an old bathroom into a relaxing and luxurious haven.

Kitchens can also make or break a sale. Described as the ‘hub of the home’, it is important that kitchens are fit for all lifestyles. Replacing a kitchen can be expensive but it’s the alteration which is proven to add the most value to a property. Opt for a plain style as your taste may not be to everyone’s liking. Think about lighting – this can completely change the atmosphere and the use of the kitchen. Even if you don’t have the funds for a new kitchen, simple things like cleaning, de-cluttering, painting or replacing old cabinets and re-sealing walls can make a kitchen more attractive to potential buyers and can be done at minimal cost.

Regardless of your budget, in order to sell your home you need to make sure it provides buyers with everything they need. Make sure you know the type of buyer your house will attract and what styles they would prefer. By following these simple tips, your house will stand the highest chance of selling for the best price possible, even during these tough economic times.