Whenever someone is looking to buy a new home they’ll rarely opt for a property that needs serious maintenance work, unless they’re purposely investing to make some money.
Because of this, if you’re thinking about selling up in the near future it’s very important to ensure your home is in the best condition possible. Otherwise you risk turning off a larger percentage of buyers.
So if you have been ignoring some of those nagging problems around your home for a while now, it’s time to start addressing them.
Take a look at what you should be doing this summer to make your property as appealing as possible to every buyer.
1. Get rid of any signs of mould
It’s obvious where mould starts to set in, with dark patches evident on the ceilings and walls. Mould is common in the bathroom and kitchen where there’s plenty of moisture in the air and more often than not, insufficient ventilation to get rid of it. It’s easy to eliminate mould too; use stain-stop paint and repaint the whole area affected.
2. Replace your old grouting
Grouting is used between the tiles in your bathroom and kitchen walls. Particularly in the bathroom you’ll find black mould where the shower water has come into contact with the grouting. Scrape out the old grouting and simply fill in the gaps to freshen up the room.
3. Repair the walls
Don’t forget to repair your walls before putting the house up for sale. Firstly, fill in any holes and dents that have appeared, before repainting where necessary. It’s always recommended to paint walls a neutral colour such as beige or cream when selling, as this acts as a blank canvass for the new owners.
4. Don’t neglect the exterior
It’s all well and good having the inside of your home looking spotless, but it’s first impressions that count for a lot. Because of this you shouldn’t neglect the outside and ensure your front and back garden are in tip-top condition. Fix and restain fencing, clean the windows and keep the driveway in a good condition.
5. Sort out any noises
This includes dripping taps and squeaking floorboards. If any potential buyer spots these they will wonder to themselves the extent of work needed on the house. With pipes you can simply tighten the valves, whilst creaking floorboards will just need screwing into the frame.
Facts & Figures You’ll Love To Share
- If you want to sell your home it’s important to have everything in a great condition. Major work can put off potential buyers.
- If you’re selling up, get rid of any noises such as dripping taps and squeaking floorboards.
- Don’t forget to give your home a fresh coat of paint every few years, on both the interior and exterior.
- Repair all the walls before house views, removing dents and filling holes before repainting where necessary.