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First impressions count when you’re selling a house. Preparations you make before you put your home on the market can add value to your home and sometimes even small investments can make a big difference to the selling price.
The front of your house is the first thing a prospective buyer is likely to see. If it looks shabby they’ll probably take that view of the whole house.
Who is likely to want to buy your property? If it’s a one bedroom top floor flat, you’re not likely to appeal to families, so presenting your box room as a home office rather that a nursery would make sense. Know your target and appeal to them.
Once your home is on the market it needs to be organised to appeal to the buyer, not you. Take down family pictures and put away personal items. You want the buyer to imagine themselves living there, not you. Remind yourself that this will soon not be your home and try not to be emotional. At the very least it’s a head start on packing for your move.
It goes without saying that buyers will be put off a house which is dirty. Even clutter makes your home look smaller and will discourage buyers.
To maximise the value of your house make sure it’s in a good state of repair. Most people want to move into a house that is ready to live in. If they see problems which need fixed they’ll expect to pay less to compensate.
Home improvements ranging from a lick of paint to an extension can add value to your home. It may be that remodelling your kitchen or bathroom will help or that landscaping your garden might be a positive move. Our guide on ways to add value to your home can give you ideas of what might make your house more valuable.
This article is intended as general advice only which is not intended to cover specific circumstances and needs. The information in this article is also not linked to any of the products offered by Clydesdale Bank PLC
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