We love these tips from our friends "across the pond" and found they are quite appropriate to Minnesota homeowners too. So if you're looking for a good remodeler, just click on the Remodeler link on our home page!
by Guest Blogger Luke Peters
Before you decide to sell your home, renovating both the outside and the inside is a very good idea. Not only will you be more likely to sell your house, you’ll probably sell it faster and for a higher price too! You could always sell the house as it is, but you won’t be getting the best return on your investment that way. Read on to learn more:
Increase Your Curb Appeal
If you choose to renovate the exterior of your home, you instantly increase the curb appeal to buyers. The curb appeal is basically the first impression that a buyer gets of your home. You can do this by doing up the garden, improving the look of the door, and perhaps even having an extension. Just make sure that your home is still fitting with the other houses on the street. Why? Because the street affects how much you get for the house too! It’s no good spending millions on renovation if your house is much better than everyone in the street. It just looks odd! I suggest you get professionals, like this estate agents in Camborne, to help you.
Sell Faster With a New Kitchen and Bathroom
The kitchen and the bathroom are the two rooms that make a huge different to how fast your home sells. This is usually what makes the biggest impression on buyers, and will either encourage them to buy or force them to move on to another property. If you can afford to have new fittings and fixtures installed, then do. If you can’t, perhaps just try to replace tiles and old looking cupboards to give it a new lease of life.
Square Footage is The Only Way to Increase Your Value
Square footage added on to the property is the only solid way to increase value in the home. If you want to ensure that you get the best possible return on your investment, then you need to have an extension (that's addition in Minnesota-speak) - even if it’s just a small one.
Difficulties in the Housing Market Makes Renovation More Necessary
Years ago, it would have been fairly simple to sell a house without doing any renovation at all. However, difficulties in the housing market have made renovation absolutely necessary. Repainting and replacing tired old aspects should be standard, but whether you have new furniture and fittings installed is up to you. Sometimes the smallest of changes can make a huge difference to a house. (Editors Note: While the housing market is gaining strength in Minnesota, homes with fresh, updated spaces always sell first and for the most!)
There are even things you can do to your home if you don’t have enough cash to perform big renovations. For example, baking sweet treats before a viewing has been proven to give the visitors a more ‘homely’ feel when looking around, as they love the smell. It can’t hurt to leave them out to snack on, either! Another popular technique is to create as much space as possible, even in cupboards and areas meant for storage. This allows viewers to envision what they can do with the space themselves.
Did you find any of these techniques helpful? Leave a comment and let us know!