How to Improve the Value of Your Property Before Selling

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Before you dive head first into the real estate market and put your home up for sale, there are a number of different things you can do to help improve its value. A few simple changes could see you getting much more for your property than you might have originally thought. Read on to find out what these improvements are, so you can use them to spruce up your home and get the most value when you sell.

Repairing and Repainting the Walls


Appearances can really matter when it comes to valuing a property, and tired-looking, cracked and damaged walls can certainly bring this amount down. You don’t have to spend thousands getting them plastered either, just apply some patching plaster to the big holes and crevices, let this dry and cover with thick lining paper you can then paint. This paper can hide blemishes and leave a smooth wall-like appearance. A fresh coat of paint to smudged walls will also do wonders to improve the look of your home for potential buyers.

Get Organized


Clearing out clutter and organizing your belongings is one of the cheapest things you can do that will help your home sell faster and possibly for a better price. Getting your home organized is definitely something that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Let in More Light


Natural light is a great way to bring a pleasant and airy feeling into your home, so do away with thicker curtains and install some blinds which allow light to filter through into your rooms. You should also consider airing out your home to help it feel fresh before potential buyers tour it.

Fitting Modern Fixtures


If you have quite an old fashioned kitchen or bathroom, it’s probably worth investing some money to bring it up to date and make it look more modern. These are two of the most important rooms in a home and as such they should be an asset to your property rather than a hindrance. You don’t have to shell out thousands of dollars to update your kitchen or bathroom. Just updating the fixtures can help it have a more modern look and fell.

Make Sure Electrical and Gas Systems are Safe


Along with the kitchen and bathroom, if you’re going to modernize other areas you should investigate the state of your gas and electric fixtures. If these are really outdated, they can be dangerous so they will need replacing anyway. Adding a new and more efficient heating system can also help add value to your home.

Sorting Out Your Green Space


Having a garden or yard can be a big selling point, so you should make it look presentable and neat. Clear out any overgrown sections and make it as simple as possible to look after. Laying some new sod and maybe including a couple of decorative ornaments can help to show its potential as well.

The jobs you carryout will naturally depend on the budget and time that you have available, but all of the above can help to improve the value of your home. Then, all there’s left for you to do is put your property on the market and wait for the offers to start rolling in.


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