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Selling your home is a serious endeavour that shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially if you aim to earn some profit in the process. However, that also requires some investment and financial self-sacrifice. For example, doing house improvements can seriously boost the market value of your property.
This is true regardless of the location. Selling a condo in New York City or a charming house in London, means you’ll have to do some work to make it more appealing to buyers. So if you’re planning to list your house soon, here are some important improvements to take into account beforehand.
Do some landscaping
The exterior is the first thing someone will notice about your home. Therefore, landscaping is the best, and pretty low-cost investment, that can boost the appeal of your house.
Adding shrubs or seasonal flowers, mowing the lawn, removing weeds, and possibly even planting some trees are great ways to make your home look more appealing to the outsiders.
Aside from looking beautiful, your house will also look well-kept and properly maintained which is always a plus, as far as potential homebuyers are concerned.
Clean the walls and/or repaint them
Regardless of where you live, chances are your walls are up for a scrub or a fresh coat of paint. Freshly painted rooms are naturally attractive, however, if you cannot afford to paint, then be sure to scrub the walls using appropriate tools made for that. Proper tools mixed with suitable cleaning agents can achieve a similar effect to painting the walls, including the ceilings.
Of course, it would be best if you could do both, but either one of them will work just fine, as long as your walls end up looking clean. Dirty walls can leave the wrong impression, because to an interested party, that’s just an additional investment they’d have to do after purchasing your house. So cleaning the walls or repainting them is definitely a smart decision.
Do a light kitchen makeover
A kitchen is the central space in any home. Hence, it deserves some makeover, especially if you’re listing your home for sale. The easiest thing to do here is replace the old kitchen handles, spruce up the cabinets and clean up the countertops. Of course, keep in mind that if you have any leaky taps or sink issues you should make sure that’s fixed properly.
If there’s an issue, you may consider a simple pipe relining without replacing the actual pipes. It will save your money. After that, you can continue with additional low-cost cosmetic upgrades, or list your house for sale. Kitchen deserves attention, so it’s important to make it look both pretty and functional.
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Upgrade the flooring
Flooring is a crucial part of one’s house, and it should be regularly upgraded. They’re also extremely prone to wear and tear, due to constant walking. Replacing the old flooring can be a bit of work, but it’s a great investment if you want to give your home that “brand new” look.
If changing the flooring isn’t on the cards, then make sure to replace old carpets, or at least professionally clean the ones you already have. Also, don’t forget to scrub the floors, and possibly touch up old/discoloured areas, so they won’t be as noticeable.
Lighting fixtures are also important
Lighting fixtures play an important role. This home improvement is simple and affordable, depending on the style and source. Besides, it can also make a big impact in your home. Whether you’re thinking about chandeliers or ceiling fixtures, be sure to choose a fixture that will make the room come to life, especially during evening hours.
Keep in mind that you should pick fixtures that look modern and compatible with the rest of your interior decor. Certain fixtures might look dated now, so be sure to reevaluate your style preferences before you purchase anything new.
Not many people have the luxury to move out of the house they’re about to list for sale. However, remember that keeping it tidy should be your top priority. Backyard decluttering is a must, but also make sure to clean the inside of the house.
If you have a lot of things lying around, then make sure to tidy them up. Storage boxes are a great idea if you cannot throw away or donate your valuables, but you also don’t want them lying around. This, together with other small repairs, can improve your home and make it attractive to potential buyers, as well as real estate agents.
These house improvements are a move in the right direction if you’re about to list your house for sale. Most of these are inexpensive, and you could do them by yourself, with a bit of effort and research. Remember that home improvements exist for a reason: to make your house easier to sell, which should be your main goal, after all.