So what should be prioritised when renovating your home in preparation for putting it on the market? Here are a few things we have listed to get you started.
If you have a front garden or even a small back garden, it is likely that any potential buyers will be looking at it at some point during the house viewing. If it is in a right state, nigh untouchable, they are probably going to get a little put-off. If you hack down all the weeds, get rid of any old pieces of furniture and lawn accessories and mow the lawn, it can make a huge difference in the reception you will get when showing people around. While it may not make a difference in regards to the overall value of your property, you are more likely to garner interest and property viewings if your property is at least presentable.
Talking of presentable properties, a leaking roof is certainly a dangerous sign! By checking your gutter lining and roofing for signs of leaks or cracks and making sure the gutter is clean and clear, you are creating a presentable exterior to any viewers as well as taking steps to repair any roofing defects before they can become a major problem. An experienced surveyor will be able to easily identify roofing defects which can be time-consuming and expensive to fix, so in order to increase popularity with your potential buyers, make sure to check that everything is working as it should in the roofing department.
Tread carefully here. It is important to re-paint your home, preferably in a light colour, to give potential buyers an idea of what can be done with the space in hand. However, painting it and then immediately putting it on the market could set off warning bells with viewers and potential buyers.
Many prospective buyers will be looking at the Energy Performance Certificate as a means of determining the approximate costs of living at your property. If your EPC isn’t graded very well, it is likely that electricity, gas and water bills are likely to be slightly more expensive than what is expected for that local area. There are a few minor ways in which you can improve your EPC if you want to make it look more attractive to potential buyers.