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How to renovate for a more successful sale

By Maurice Shasha  //  Mon 2nd October 2017
This article outlines a few ways to renovate your house to achieve a more successful sale.
Ways to renovate your property to achieve a successful sale
Once you have made the decision to sell your house, you have to take a step back and cast a critical eye over the place that has been your home for many years.

You have been happily living in your home and may not have noticed how some things have not stood up to the test of time. It's time to look at things through a prospective buyer’s eye. Things you have been happy to ignore may be the very things that will cost you a sale.

If your house is in good condition, you may get away with the usual decluttering and a quick touch up with a paint brush. On the other hand, if your house looks tired, renovation work may be required to achieve the selling price you want.

Every home is unique, and yours will be no exception. But there are several areas common to all homes that prospective buyers will focus on. To help you, we have listed four of the areas we know will influence buyers.

Front of house

The front of your house will be the first thing a prospect sees when they come to view the property. If your front door is looking tired, shabby or damaged it will be worth investing in a new one. The same goes for your front garden. Maybe soft landscaping is necessary to impress potential buyers? Or maybe you should repave the stonework or repair a potholed driveway? Remember, first impressions do count when it comes to buying a house.

The Kitchen

The kitchen is probably the most important room in a home, and it's important your kitchen should look at its best when people come to view. Of course, a brand new fitted kitchen would be an excellent selling point, but this will be an expensive renovation. A top of the range kitchen will cost thousands of pounds. But if you don't want your renovation budget to stretch to a complete refit, there are less costly ways to rejuvenate a kitchen. You could fit new doors and cabinets, and perhaps a new worktop for a fraction of the cost of a new kitchen, and still, make your kitchen look new and fresh.

The bathroom

The bathroom is another room that would-be buyers tend to spend a lot of time looking over, and one that could be renovated at a reasonable cost. If you don't want to spend money on a brand new fitted kitchen, a renovated bathroom could be a good investment to help ensure a good sale.

Exterior cleaning

If your house is brick built, having it professionally cleaned and repointed if necessary could add value to your property and help in forming a good first impression with prospective buyers. However, this must be done by professionals to achieve the best result.

These are just some of the renovations available. Others include landscaping a garden, adding a loft conversion or conservatory, and all of them will add value to your home. However, it would be easy to get carried away and spend too much money. Many people spend thousands of pounds on renovations only to find the best price they could expect for their home will not be enough to recover the cost of the improvements they have made. Before you consider renovating your house in any way, contact us and we will advise you of the best renovations that will result in a successful sale and not leave you out of pocket.

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