Whilst it is always good to complete home improvements, many homeowners only really start to think about them when looking to sell. However, with so much advice and so many opinions given online, it can be hard to decide which ones to spend the money on.
However, there is no need for this to really be the case. The most effective home improvements tend to be those that are the most affordable. Better still; the majority of them can be achieved for yourself, or with very little outside help from professionals.
I always have a spring clean, and declutter those objects that just build up over time. I am certain that I have received better offers because of this. Buyers like to look around tidy spaces, and are quite rightly put off by shabbiness.
Areas to really be focused on are the bedroom and kitchen which, if neglected, can really reflect badly upon you. If you have children, be sure to tidy away, (though do not hide), their toys and odds and ends; if possible, use shelves and cabinets.
The way your home is lit is important too. Every home has darker areas; it is what happens with angles after all. Spend some time wandering around your home, (with a friend is good), and seeing which areas could do with an extra lamp or spotlight upon them.
Creating both light and warmth, light also helps bring color and life to a space. Consider having the lights on throughout your viewings, no matter what time of the day or night too.
Sorting out those repairs you have put off will reap rewards too. Whilst it is possible to live with a dripping tap, it doesn’t sell a home well. Consider having your electrics, gas and plumbing serviced.
This is because that once, I had a leaky tap, and my agent said that it was because of this that I had to eventually settle for half a percent being knocked off the sale price! Never again will home improvements or repairs be neglected!
The garden too is always a good place to give a little attention too. Past buyers have always wanted to view the outside space, so tidying up and perhaps planting a couple of new inexpensive plants is always good; and a bit of fun of course!
There are a host of other home improvements that can be completed at minimal cost too; carpets and floors should be cleaned well for example, whilst tidying up the frontage will give that all important curb appeal.