When you are thinking of selling your property you naturally want to do everything you can to get the best price possible. The great news is that you’d be amazed at the value you can add with just a few simple home improvements and a little cleaning.
Although you might think that someone valuing a property could look past the clutter, cobwebs and scuffs, why make them? We are all human and their judgment will inevitably be affected by the state of your house, even on a subconscious level.
From valuation to viewings, our tips will help your house create a fantastic first impression and boost the value to its full potential.
1. Kerb appeal
Stand outside your house and think about what you could do to increase kerb appeal. Many of these tasks, for example, will cost nothing but a little elbow grease:
- Cut the grass
- Tend to flower beds/add potted plants
- Sweep the porch
- Clean window frames
- Clean the doorbell
- Make small repairs e.g. to fence panels and lifted paving slabs
First impressions are important whatever the situation, but they are especially important when it comes to selling your house. Impress those making a valuation and attract those looking to buy and you are off to a great start.
2. Exterior cleaning
When you go in and out of a house every day you don’t necessarily notice it becoming dirty. However, the housing market is less forgiving. Repainting a house is an expense you are unlikely to want at the point of moving, but you’ll be glad to hear that render cleaning and cladding cleaning can often bring a house back to its former glory.
This simple task alone will freshen up your property and make it more inviting and appealing as people approach.
Similarly, gutter cleaning is a profitable task often overlooked by those seeking to sell. A clogged gutter is surprisingly off-putting as it is unattractive but also hints at potential damage caused by overflowing water. Carrying out gutter cleaning demonstrates the property is well cared for and less likely to have problems. Both of these things will only add to the all-important value of your house.
Cleaning your windows may sound like it wouldn’t make a lot of difference to your home’s appearance, but you’d be surprised.
From the outside, sparkling clean windows are inviting. Removing cobwebs and marks from the panes and frames also gives the whole property a lift, showing it to be cared for and well-maintained.
When you are inside, smears on the glass are distracting and also block all-important natural light. Clean your windows and let people see outside rather than being distracted by the dust, cobwebs and unavoidable smudges on the glass.
The best thing about this potentially lucrative task is that it doesn’t take very long at all, especially when you hire professional window cleaners such as Coastline Facilities Support Services LTD.
4. Deep cleaning
Imagine you are walking in for the first time. A clean, fresh home creates a far better first impression than the alternative.
Decluttering and deep cleaning your house is a great idea before approaching the property market. Not only will you show your home off to its sparkling best, but you will also remove any lingering odours to which you’ve become accustomed, such as pet and smoke smells.
The real benefit of this task is that it highlights and supports all your other efforts to present a well-kept, desirable home.
If you are in the Southampton area and don’t know where to start with deep cleaning, we can help. Our experienced team will take care of this task for you, with fantastic, potentially lucrative results.
We’re not suggesting you spend a fortune on fully redecorating your property, but a few touch-ups here and there can work wonders. Consider adding these simple tasks to your ‘to-do’ list and reap the rewards of your efforts:
- Refresh paint where needed
- Touch up marks and stains
- Replace mouldy silicone in the bathroom
- Fix dripping taps and squeaky floors
- Realign dropped doors
If you have any rooms with very bright paint or fussy wallpaper, for example, think about a quick re-paint in a neutral color. The aim is to allow people to imagine living in the house and a neutral color is a blank canvas.
Similarly, you will have grown accustomed to the scuffed kickboards in the kitchen and carpet that’s lifting in the hall, but anyone new will not. If you can spend a little time on these simple tasks, you may well add significant value to your property while also making it more appealing to buyers.
6. Top tip for boosting the value
Finally, our number one top tip when preparing your home for valuation and sale is to really open your eyes. Look around, inside and out, as though you are seeing the property for the first time. You will suddenly notice the clutter and remember the DIY jobs that have slipped down the to-do list. You will realize the places that could do with a good clean and really notice the difference even a little effort can make.
You want to show off your property to its sparkling best. Remove the distractions of clutter and neglect while making it somewhere newcomers want to stay.
Remember the top tip of looking around with ‘fresh eyes’ at regular intervals as you prepare your house. This way you will find yourself taking on or delegating tasks that make a real difference to that all-important first impression.
Coastline Facilities Support Services LTD is an independent, family-run business based in Southampton. We truly care about every customer, going above and beyond to get the best results every time.
We hand-pick our team of experienced professionals and invest in their on-going development. Efficient, friendly and knowledgeable, we are here to help with a huge range of property maintenance, indoors and out.
If you are looking to boost the value of your property, contact us to see what we can do. From exterior cleaning, including windows, gutter cleaning and general maintenance, through to deep cleaning indoors, we will help you achieve fantastic results.