If you’re thinking of putting your house on the market it’s worth investing a little time and effort beforehand to ensure you get the best value for your property. Developing your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune, there are plenty of inexpensive things you can do to add value to your home and make it a much nicer place for you to live in the meantime. Here’s my top 5 ways to develop your property on a budget:
- De-clutter your home – Work through your home room by room and start to get rid of things you no longer need or use. If you have items that are still in good condition you could list them on eBay and hopefully make some money to reinvest into your home improvement plan. Or why not take them to a charity shop; most of them are usually looking for donations. Having a really good de-clutter will free up lots of storage space for the things that you want to keep hold of. Of course if there’s not much stuff that you’re willing to part with it may be a good idea to invest in some more storage solutions such as vacuum bags and under-bed storage. Too much clutter in your rooms will prevent potential buyers from picturing themselves living there.
- Deep clean your home – Once you’ve de-cluttered your home and you have more room to work in it’s time to give it a really good clean. There are cleaning companies that specialise in deep-cleaning homes before they get put on the market, but it’s easy to do it yourself if you have the time. Focus on areas that rarely get cleaned such as skirting boards, windows and frames, grouting, etc. If you have carpets it’s a good idea to hire a steam cleaner to inject some new life into them, and if you have any stains that just won’t shift, try a few strategically placed rugs! Wipe your walls and try to get up high and clear any dust and cobwebs from the ceiling; clean your blinds, wash your curtains; and use a pressure hose to clean your patio and driveway.
- Keep your garden tidy – If you have a garden attached to your property this could be one of the first things that a potential buyer will see when they come to view your house. Keep your lawn mown neatly, clear any weeds etc. If you have any hedges or large bushes in your garden keep them neatly trimmed back. Plant flowers in pots, this will brighten up the garden and show off its potential, and it’s easy for you to take the pots with you when you move house.
- Give your home a lick of paint – If you have the time and the budget it’s a good idea to refresh your home by repainting it. Stick to neutral colours like cream and magnolia to brighten the place up and allow potential buyers to view the property as a blank canvas for them to make their own mark on. If you don’t have room in your budget to redecorate the whole property then simply repainting your skirting boards and door frames will instantly lift a room and make it look fresh and clean.
- Add a new room – If you have a loft you could consider having it converted to give you an extra bedroom or more living space, which will attract a higher value and entice more buyers. If a loft conversion is too much for your budget you could consider a prefabricated structure attached to your property. In places like South Africa, prefabricated buildings are very commonplace. Many people purchase prefabricated homes or extend their existing homes with a prefab structure. They are incredibly quick and easy to assemble, and are fully insulated so once they’re up and running they’re very energy efficient. Prefab buildings are available in various sizes and shapes so if you’ve got the room they can make the perfect space for a home office, a play room for the children, extra storage space or a spare room when you have guests staying. You may need to get planning permission for a prefab structure so check with your local authorities before going ahead.