Selling your home can be a stressful time, especially if you need every cent of your asking price to finance your move or your next home purchase. There is a line between good and poor renovations and many people decrease the value of their property by making simple errors. Avoid these errors and you’ll be pleasantly amazed at the price your property sells for. The following are a few of the blunders made and some suggestions on how to keep away from them:
1. Lack of floor space: For a possible buyer rooms that are small and full with furniture are off-putting. Space is the keyword; try and devise ways of making the rooms look larger, give the feeling of space even if space is in short supply. In addition, layouts that want you to access bedrooms or bathrooms through other rooms will detract from the value of your home.
2. Can you remember the era of DIY? – Shoddy DIY can be just as bad as leaving problems to deteriorate. Keep away stone cladding and remove period features such as fireplaces and fancy plasterwork. Make sure any home work are in keeping with the age and characteristics of the house. Laminate floors may look great and be easy to clean but they definitely don’t suit a Victorian house, just as plump, heavily upholstered furniture and lots of ornamentation wouldn’t suit a modern flat. Putting up a room extension that uses the entire garden is also a poor decision.
3. Make sure your roof is in a decent state of repair, roofs are dear to replace and nobody is going to buy a house if the roof isn’t in good condition. Anyone hearing the words ‘roof trouble or leaks’, are going to walk away from your property and not return. Before trying to sell your home, check your roof for any trouble spots or get in an expert to give you their viewpoint.
4. Apart from the kitchen, the bathroom plays a large role when it comes to selling any home. Have a critical look at your bathroom; look for cracked tiles, broken toilet seat, lime scale build up, tired and dated toilets to mention just a few potentially troublesome problems. By spending a little bit of time and care in this room you could find that it boosts the saleability of your home.
5. Potted plants and flower arrangements: These can make a room look and smell lovely and fresh, but make sure they are not dying and shedding leaves and petals all over the place. As a Vancouver lofts agent I see plants can do well even in a condo. Throw dead flowers or plants out, a possible buyer insight of how you look after your home can be decided just by the way you look after your plants.