When most people think of adding to their property to get a better return when they come to selling, they think of decorating and don’t really go past there. It’s a sort of catch 22 situation – why would you be spending money to add on features to a house that you won’t be living in? It doesn’t make sense, right? Well, not entirely; the return that you could get on a small investment could be worth the strain of putting your hand into your pocket.
The majority of people who can afford to buy nowadays aren’t after a particularly massive, homely kitchen; they’re more likely to be professionals who want something that is sleek, attractive and affordable. If the kitchen in your house is none of these things, it would probably be appealing more to the masses if it was. Have a look around a few kitchen showrooms to get a feel for what’s in style currently, and base your assumptions on that. Choosing neutral colours and keeping to a strict budget that you can afford are sure ways of making money on something that, in the grand scheme of things, can be relatively cheap to do.
There are certain qualities that new buyers are looking for when it comes to bathrooms. Unless they are thinking about completely renovating the property, the state of the bathroom can make or break a situation. Showers are more popular than baths, and a brighter, lighter bathroom is more likely to be snapped up than one that is dingy/dark. Basically, people are looking for hygiene and cleanliness, and this is shown not necessarily by a spotless space, but instead one that can be wiped down easily and shows no sign of mould or mildew growing around. It’s harder than you think, especially if it’s not ventilated properly. If this is the case, think about sticking a ventilation fan in there and either giving the tiles a good scrub or retiling completely as well as throwing on a fresh coat of easy-wipe paint.
Thankfully, there’s not much that you do to alter your living room that will cost you your time, but there are tips that you can take from the top interior designers as to the changes you can make that will increase the offers you’ll receive. Simple things like switching light fittings for something a bit more modern, repainting to neutral colours and making sure that you are getting as much natural light as you can into there (so pinning curtains back/keeping blinds open when potential buyers are looking around) can make a massive different. Keep everything in there as pale as you can; this goes for furniture, rugs, throws and decorations. The brighter you keep the room, the more it will stick in someone’s mind and keep them thinking about it over and over again. It’s a simple trick, but one that is guaranteed to work – and that hopefully won’t bite too much into a budget that needs to be stuck to.