Getting maximum equity when selling your property is a big priority for many sellers.
But what if you need a quick sale — maybe you need to move home fast for a new job or get into a school catchment area for the kids? Whatever the reason, you don’t want to lose money just because you don’t have time to hang around and find the right buyer.
If you’re looking to sell your house fast, chances are you don’t have the time (or money) to undertake any large renovations projects — right?
How do you update your home and still boost its value without breaking the bank or taking too long?
Here are 9 budget DIY ideas to help you increase the value of your property and still get a quick sale.
1. Spring Clean
On top of giving your property a deep clean, remove all clutter. Clear all shelves and table tops, kitchen cupboards and draws — you want to be prepared for nosy buyers peeking. If you have built-in wardrobes aim to get rid of at least 50% of clothes. Take out unnecessary furniture leaving only signature pieces to indicate the purpose of the room e.g. a dining room table or reading chair.
Getting your lighting right is essential to enticing buyers’ attention. Dark properties are unattractive and can feel small and dirty — it certainly won’t help you get your desired asking price. Replace all light bulbs with new ones. Remove heavy curtains and light up darker areas with additional lamps. For tricky areas like cupboards and bookcases try placing small spotlights underneath them to brighten up the space.
Installing a new kitchen can be expensive. If you can’t afford a new one, a few DIY tricks can help make it look almost brand new. First, remove all signs of grease — a dirty kitchen will guarantee lower offers. Paint old cupboard doors, replace handles and pulls, add new panel coverings on tired mismatched appliances. To free up more space hang up pots and pans, create draw sorters and remove kettles and toasts from the workbench.
Remove all mould and apply new sealant. Purchase brand new towels and mats. Repair leaky taps and put in a new shower head. If the flooring is outdated, put down a new one using vinyl, which is relatively cheap yet can look just as good as other more expensive options.
A garden can be a big selling point and can secure you a buyer’s interest. It’s worth investing time getting it ready. If you only have a small outside place, use mirrors to make the space feel bigger. Garden mirrors work best placed amongst green foliage. Upcycle tired garden furniture and stained pavement slabs with paint. Decorate uneven borders with recycled glass jars. If you’re selling your house in the colder months, add old Christmas lighting and purchase a cheap fire pit to show your garden is ready for all seasons.
You only have about 10 seconds to make a good impression on a prospective buyer. This means the space outside of your property needs to be immaculate. Aside from tidying up, dress up your outside space. If you can’t afford a new door, repair locks, add a fresh coat of paint and replace old door numbers. Add plants or a hanging basket.
Yes, buyers prefer a neutral decor, but you don’t want to make your house overly bland. Liven up old walls with fresh paint using earth shades. To add a splash of colour, paint a feature wall in the kitchen or living room using a dark shade to create a contemporary style.
Remember, you’re selling your property, not your life. Remove all family photos and personal memorabilia — this includes that weird sculpture you brought back from your last holiday. Return each room to its original purpose. If you’ve decided to install a running machine in your living room, remove it.
Don’t confuse accessorizing your property with showing off your favourite ornaments — these should be all removed. Instead, add fresh flowers, play with adding a rug or two, buy new bed covers and place mirrors to add light and space. Buyers want to imagine living in your property so make them feel welcome. The more buyers you get interested, the more likely you will get the price you want.
10. Pretty smells
Bad smells will have buyers running away. Check and fix all drains. If you smoke, place bowls of vinegar in key areas to remove the unpleasant odour. Likewise, pet smells are a massive big turn-off so try to remove these. Put scented candles on shelves and use air fresheners. If you have time, bake fresh bread on the day of viewings filling your house with a comforting aroma everyone loves.
Getting your house ready for a quick sale, doesn’t have to cost you all your savings. A bit of DIY, creativity, and a few shortcuts will help you secure buyers interest leading to a faster sale.