Whether you’re thinking about selling your home now or in the future, it’s helpful to know which projects will increase your home’s worth before renovating. Here are our top fixes.
Spruce up the front and back garden
Particularly if you aren’t planning on selling your house right away, it’s a good idea to plan for the future with a landscaping improvement that will mature over time, for example, by planting shade trees, although bear in mind that large trees and unkempt bushes can obscure views and darken interiors. Short fixes include mowing the lawn, trimming overgrown shrubs and applying a fresh layer of mulch to garden beds.
Give your walls a fresh coat of paint
A fresh coat of paint is the quickest way to transform a room and give your home the appearance of being clean and updated. Whites and off-whites tend to attract the most buyers, since they are neutral and work with most furnishings. Although in a lot of cases, rooms with simply need a touch-up on chipped areas or a magic eraser rubbed over dirt marks, so spending hundreds on new paint tins might not be necessary.
Make the most of your space
Opening spaces up in your home gives the appearance of bigger rooms and will therefore appeal to potential buyers. If you’re looking for a project, knock out a non-structural wall, or remove your kitchen island. Quick fixes include replacing drapes with blinds or shutters to let light in, or adding a large mirror to an empty wall.
Deep clean your home
Buyers will have a hard time imagining themselves in your home if it is full of clutter and dirt. To give them a great first impression, make sure your home is sparkling before someone walks through the door. Hire a professional cleaner, or do it yourself, but make sure you do it thoroughly.
Although some creaky floors can be fixed by repairing a broken nail or patching damaged floor boards, in some cases, a new floor is needed. Choose hardwood flooring which holds value, or tile. And make sure to enlist professional help if you haven’t tiled your floors previously.