12 November 2014

Posted by Discount Insurance on Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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Switch on to the idea of lighting 
If you want to make your property look as good as possible then invest some time into getting the lighting right. Spotlights, uplights and dimmer switches can add a touch of luxury to your home. 
Lighting supplier websites should provide you with inspiration and ideas that are right for your home.  

Get creative in the kitchen
Look at your kitchen from a prospective buyer’s point of view, is it looking cluttered and tired? 

To improve the look of your kitchen put any appliances that are not used regularly out of sight. Instead of replacing tired cabinets, why not paint them a vibrant colour to bring new life to your kitchen. 

Remember that your potential buyers will want to be able to imagine holding dinner parties, so give them the perfect setting to do so! 

Fix superficial defects
Whilst small defects do not directly reduce the value of your property, cumulatively they could prevent it from selling at the optimum price. 

Peeling paint, squeaking or sticking doors and windows, door latches that don’t work, mouldy sealants in the kitchen and bathroom, dripping taps, loose tiles, damaged windows and cracks to ceilings and plasterwork can all be fixed by a competent DIYer and will help increase the appeal of your property. 

Sort out the garden 
Ok, so we’ll forgive you for putting this one off until spring, but a tidy and attractive garden can help add value to a property as well as making it more sellable. Simple steps such as mowing the lawn, weeding, cutting back bushes and trees, replacing missing fence panels, can all help with the overall appearance of the property.

You may also wish to plant some flowers, or introduce hanging baskets to give the place more colour and character. A well groomed and designed garden will also extend the buyer’s perception of the amount of useable living space. 

Enhance the kerb appeal
Research suggests that buyers will decide if they are interested in a property or not before they even get out of the car, and it can be hard to shake off negative impressions created by an unattractive exterior regardless of the interior. 

As well sorting out the garden (see above), simple steps such as replacing old garage doors, changing or repairing windows, repainting walls, repairing cracked and broken cladding, adding or replacing a house number sign, can help increase the value of your home.   

Do you have a flimsy looking knob on your front door? If so, replace it with a substantial-handle-and-lock set. A nice, big piece of hardware on the front door, can help signal to newcomers that this is a solid home.

Over the years, we all tend to collect items to decorate our home; ornaments, pictures and trinkets. However, it is important you take a step back and take an objective look at each room. Does any of it feel tacky and out of date? Removing items can help create the illusion of more space. 

We are not completely heartless though, you can always store sentimental items in the loft! 

Give it a fresh smell!
Good or bad, every home has a particular smell. Having a bad overall odour to your home though can put off regular visitors, let alone buyers! Candles, plug-ins and essence sticks are cheap and readily available and can fill your home with seasonal aromas. 

Why not also use the weekend to check that your home insurance is up to date? Get a quick quote from Discount Insurance today!