6 ways you can make your property more sellable - for under £500

PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 May 2017

A bit of tidying never did a house sale any harm

A bit of tidying never did a house sale any harm

KatarzynaBialasiewicz

Making your home sale-ready on a tight budget can be a challenging – but achievable – task.

Local property specialist Leaders has some practical tips designed to help you make your home look as appealing as possible.

Kevin Shaw, national sales director at Leaders, says: “We encourage our sellers to enhance their properties wherever possible to help them attract the best choice of buyers and achieve a quick sale at the best possible price.

“By following the simple steps below you can make your property significantly more attractive to buyers, all for less than £500.”

These are their budget-busting tips:

Pick up a paintbrush

Perhaps the simplest and most effective thing you can do is provide a fresh lick of paint, either in certain rooms or throughout the property if needed. This guarantees a clean, fresh impression and can make a property more desirable to prospective buyers. Aim for neutral colours to appeal to most tastes.

Finish those DIY jobs

Buyers are put off by properties that they perceive need work doing. Make sure any of those maintenance jobs you’ve been putting off have been done before viewings commence – fix that fence, fill that crack in the wall, put that door handle back on. A property that appears neglected is a major turn off for buyers.

Revamp the bathroom and kitchen

Scraping out and renewing the grouting between tiles plus re-sealing around baths and sinks can give your kitchen and bathroom a new lease of life and create a cleaner, crisper finish.

Have a good clean

Clean your home throughout, from carpets and skirting boards to windows and kitchen units. Make sure it smells as clean as it looks. If the carpets are badly worn or stained, it’s worth investing in new carpet rather than risk deterring buyers.

Presentation

There’s only so much you can remove from view when you still live there; you still need clothes, appliances, towels and furniture! It is fine for your home to look lived in as long as it’s tidy! Make that bed, hang the towels up, put that paperwork in a drawer.

Do a test viewing

Ask a friend, preferably a tidy one, to walk around your home and tell you what leaps out at them as untidy or off-putting. It’s difficult to be objective about your own home and a fresh pair of eyes can be invaluable.

Look at the outside

Never underestimate the power of first impressions. Taking the time to repaint the front door, tidy up the front garden, clean the driveway or hang a basket of flowers can be all it takes to get that all-important kerb appeal.


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