It’s safe to say there is a lot of uncertainty in the housing market at the moment – mortgage products being taken off the market and the rapidly rising interest rate to name just a couple of challenges. Whilst some homeowners would be thinking now may not be the best time to move, for some it may be absolutely the right choice depending on life circumstances. In order to really make the most of any potential viewings, before you list your home for potential buyers to see, you may want to think about making a few changes. How we view homes and what buyers look for has changed considerably over the last 2-3 years so giving your home its very best chance to shine is always advisable.
Update the bathroom
A good bathroom is a surprisingly powerful marketing tool – it doesn’t necessarily need to be luxe because we all have different tastes after all. No-one wants to see mould or limescale whilst viewing, and a tired out-dated bathroom puts a potential buyer into a strong negotiating position for a reduction in cost. Budget makeovers are very easy to achieve which is what I’ve done to both our bathrooms whilst we wait to renovate. However, if you feel that you may be in your home for a reasonably long time whilst you wait to sell, you may want to check lussostone.com for some great new luxury bathroom furnishings. This can allow you to install some chic and modern designs into the space, and then decorate the rest of the room around it. Opting for neutral colours could be a good idea to help cater to your future buyer’s own design tastes.
Work on the garden
Gardens have become an ever more important feature of homes especially since the pandemic, with people opting to move out of central city apartments in search of greener spaces. I love to look at homes online and see some absolutely gorgeous period properties but then realise the lack of garden is a complete deal-breaker for me. Curb appeal is very important and we’re often influenced by how a house looks from the outside as we arrive to look at it. Due to this, it could be a good idea to try and improve this space. Something as simple as working to make sure the grass is full and green (hands up those with dogs!!) as well as free of weeds and bare patches, can make a subconscious difference as it represents a healthy growing environment and owners who look after their space. Don’t forget the outdoor lifestyle element too, which has become increasingly popular – rearranging your own furniture can also be helpful to show people the potential uses for the back or front garden.
Ensure Good Insulation
A combination of the cost of living crisis, rising energy prices and environmental concerns mean that home insulation has never been more important. One of the first things we did when we moved in was to start replacing the windows around the house as through our first winter you could see the blinds moving in the wind. Insulation can mean anything from updating the windows and doors to prevent draughts, and even installing insulation in the attic or basement. There are different types of insulation available, so it might help to speak to a professional who may be able to help you figure out which is right for your home. You may want to also take this time to make sure that support beams and foundations are in good condition, and rectify issues where possible.
Never underestimate the value of making small but important updates to your home if you’re thinking of putting it on the market – you can increase the value and make it a lot harder for potential buyers to negotiate down.
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