Selling a home can be a long winded and frustrating experience, particularly when it comes to getting the price you want. A full renovation can increase the value of your home but is costly and time consuming; an unnecessary stressor for a home that you are not going to be living in.
Luckily, you can easily increase the value of your home with these quick and affordable home improvement jobs by Emerald Doors.
Paint is one of the simplest and most effective way of boosting the value of your house. The quickest way to do this is by giving your worn out walls a fresh lick of paint but to gain extra monetary value, here is what we suggest:
Paint the entire house in neutrals.
When living in a house for a few years, you personalize the colour schemes to your taste. The trouble is, it may only be your taste and therefore put off potential buyers who do not have the time, money or patience to change the entire color palette used. By opting for neutrals (think creams, light grays and off whites), you are catering to a range of tastes and are enabling potential buyers to see the house as an empty canvas.
Paint the ceiling the same color as the walls.
This is a little known trick which adds height to a room, making it seem much more spacious. This method works best with light colors (as dark colours on the ceiling can make the room seem boxed in) and rooms with lots of natural light just to really emphasize the space.
Repaint the skirting boards.
Skirting boards are notorious for quickly tarnishing and turning dull, grey and cracked. Giving it a fresh coat of white paint will instantly brighten up the room and make it look new.
Refinish hardwood floors.
Replacing hardwood floors can be expensive, especially if it is in more than one room. If your floors are looking a bit forlorn, hire a floor sander and lightly sand it down before refinishing and sealing. It will instantly polish up the overall look of your interior.
Put up sheer curtains
Sheer curtains are a great way of opening up a room as they bring in natural light. They are also fairly neutral and allow potential buyers a greater ability to imagine the kind of color scheme they want much more than dark or colored curtains.
Get new fixtures and hardware
Worn out handles, tarnished fixtures and battered hardware all instantly diminish the appeal of cabinets, cupboards and doors. Replacing these is not only extremely cheap, it is a quick way of boosting the overall look and making your house seem much more modern and new if you can not afford a complete replacement.
Get a professional cleaner
No amount of store bought carpet shampoo and home hovering will return your carpets to the level of clean you want them to be. Rather than waste your time trying, hire an industrial hoover to use yourself or pay for a professional cleaner. It is a small one off cost that will make your home look much better, easily making a return on cost.
Update the bathroom
A dingy bathroom is often the deal breaker between a potential sale and a fall through. Simple improvements which can add value include: resealing and waterproofing any edges, regrouting, removing mold and mildew from around taps and shower heads, and replacing the toilet seat.
When selling your home, it is the small improvements that can make the biggest difference. A full renovation will add a lot of value but the time and money spent on the project in the first place means it is not always worth it, particularly if it represents your own style and therefore puts off potential buyers. Making small changes which create an overall impression of a new, shiny house is a much more cost effective way of increasing your house resale value.