If you’re thinking about selling your home, you may have been thinking about ways to increase your property’s value.
At the end of the day, location is the uncontrollable variable that ranks supreme to anything else. But in the controlled variables, there is your home.
Real estate is a very competitive market, so making a few changes could help you stand out from the rest and get a better financial return.
From the time people see the listing to when they walk into your home, looks are essentially everything. It’s best to go for a polished and neutral scheme so you can appeal to a diverse range of people.
Signalling to prospective buyers that you are proud of your dwelling and keep it well maintained ensures that it has longevity. So we’ve come up with 10 different ways to revitalise and improve your home to help increase your property’s value.
KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
One afternoon, take a stroll around your neighbourhood. What kind of community lives there? Is it a young and hip area busting with dynamic energy? Or a quiet, leafy suburb with a collective mindset to enjoy the slower things in life?
Understand the general characteristics of prospective buyers and how you can make your home attractive to them.
Also, take a look at the design of houses that are around you. What do you like about them? What don’t you like? See if there are ways to make your home more positively memorable like the ones in your neighbourhood.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS MATTER
Make your property the king of the curb! When people visit for the first time, you want them to feel like they have come home.
Revitalise the exterior with a fresh coat of paint, clean the windows, tidy up the gutters, and make sure your letterbox is nice and clear. View your home from the perspective of fresh eyes.
These minor changes will feel more inviting and display that you care for your dwelling, which is a great first impression.
REFRESH THE YARD
Has your yard been a bit of an afterthought? A little bit of landscaping can make it the forefront of your property. Showing that your outdoor areas are prime real estate too, is great for prospective buyers.
Mow through long grass, do some weeding, and discard any junk that has accumulated so that you can show a clean, manicured backyard. It not only looks great but is an excellent selling point.
A yard with potential for a pool, veggie garden, playground or outdoor kitchen exemplifies that your property is more than just a house.
START WITH SIMPLE SWAPS
Minimise your spending by making some small and easy changes!
If your cabinetry handles are looking a little dated, updating them with some newer, modern styles is an effective and simple change. Although minor, cabinetry pulls are prevalent throughout a home and get used quite frequently.
When choosing new ones, ensure that the colour and design will still look cohesive with your existing interior scheme. If you’re looking for a versatile range of cabinetry pulls and knobs in a variety of finishes, make sure to visit our website here.
Another simple swap is replacing your tapware. Over time, your faucets can get dirty and look antiquated. Updating them with newer designs looks aesthetically attractive to buyers and makes the home more functional.
Our extensive collection of tapware comes in a myriad of designs and colours, so you can find a style that suits your interiors. You can view them here.
A FRESH COAT OF PAINT
A fresh coat of paint revitalises any home and can look fantastic in listing photos to attract buyers. Even if the colour of your walls is okay, they may have gotten dirty over time.
Once you paint a wall, it makes a space feel new, increasing your property’s value.
Not just restricted to walls, but cabinetry and tiles can get painted over too if they’re looking a little worse for wear. Your local hardware store should have a supply of paints that are tailored for those materials.
REVAMP YOUR LIGHTING
Lighting is essential in a home. It influences the mood and functionality of each room. Good lighting can make a space feel bigger, as it illuminates corners of darkness.
A general rule for lighting is to keep it ambient in rest areas such as the living room and bedrooms. Work areas like the kitchen and garage should have brighter lighting as you need to see clearly.
With that said, most house inspections are held during the day, so the need to turn on lights may not arise. But updating your light fixtures can make a home feel more modern. Go for something that isn’t avant-garde and that most people would like.
Our favourite brand for wall lights is We Ponder. They make beautiful ceramic fixtures, and you can see them in our Gold Coast showroom. Visit We Ponder here.
STORAGE IS SUPREME
Young or old, families or singles, minimalists or maximalists — everyone loves storage. If a home has ample storage, it will be mentioned in the property description, increasing attractiveness to potential buyers.
Cabinetry, shelving, robe hooks and rails, there are many ways you can add extra storage, even if it’s minor.
Backsplashes can reflect the time of the build. And if that time was in the last century, it may look a bit drab. A tile suggestion is the timeless subway pattern. It’s versatile and neutral, making it attractive to most people. Choose a colour that works with your interior scheme.
FOCUS ON COMMUNAL AREAS
One of the top priorities for buyers is how functional the bathroom and kitchen is. Make these rooms one of the top focus areas when trying to add value to your home.
Whether you add storage, kitchen accessories, new tapware, a heated towel rail, or better lighting, targeting these areas will help increase property value.
CLEAN THE SCENE
And finally, clean! Ensure that your home is neat and tidy, remove unnecessary items, and use fresh decor to accentuate the best parts of your home.
Cleaning is essential for your property listing and inspections, as a visually appealing house captivates a wider audience.