As the new year unfolds, it’s an opportune time for homeowners to set fresh property goals, particularly those planning to list their homes for sale. Here’s a practical guide to not only revitalise your home’s appeal but also enhance its overall market value.
1. Tackle Renovations and Repairs
Inspect your home with fresh eyes as if you’re a potential buyer, noting any necessary fixes or updates, making note of any essential repairs or updates, from replacing a cracked tile to fixing a dripping tap. Sort these tasks based on who can tackle them – whether you, a family member, or a professional. Then, prioritise and organise these tasks into an achievable timeline.
2. Store, Sell, Donate, or Discard
Excess clutter can overshadow the attractive features of your home. Clearing out and arranging your space enhances its charm and also streamlines your future moving process. Conquer this one room at a time, sorting through belongings and deciding what to keep, store, sell, donate, or throw away. Handy tip: use coloured Post-it notes to categorise items.
3. Tend to the Outdoor Spaces
Your property’s outdoor area plays a pivotal role in first impressions. Start with basic gardening tasks like weeding, mowing, and planting. If you have a patio or deck, ensure it’s inviting and well-maintained. These outdoor spaces are perceived as extensions of the home, so making a considered effort paints a picture of a well-cared-for property.
4. Time to Deep Clean
Deep cleaning your home marks a fresh start to the year while also allowing your home to shine during viewings. Tend to every nook and cranny, including washing windows, scrubbing floors, and ensuring every surface is spotless. Pay special attention to bathrooms and kitchens, as these areas are crucial for buyers.
5. Don’t Forget Your Curb Appeal
Lastly, stand out in front of your home and look at everything visible from the street, paying mind to the condition of the garden, the cleanliness of the paths, and the state of the fence. Tackle anything that may need improving to create a welcoming curb appeal, essential for enticing potential buyers to discover what lies beyond.