From gift wrapping and tree decorating to hosting plans and ordering the turkey, come December, our minds are well and truly overtaken with thoughts of Christmas. The festive season will however pass us by in a flash and once it’s all over, many of us will be focusing on our plans for 2022.
If your plans for next year include selling your home, then it’s a good idea to start thinking about it now. The peak period for house sales in the UK starts in February and continues through spring, with property searches increasing as soon as we enter the New Year. Whilst we’re not suggesting you get your DIY hat on over the festive run up, it might be worth mulling over your options. A productive and forward-thinking approach to putting your property on the market could be a welcome break from all things Christmas!
Of course, a key factor to the successful sale of your property is getting the best possible price for it, so in this blog, we’re sharing a few proven ways in which you can increase the saleability of your home. Then you can plan for some home improvement New Year projects and ensure your home is ‘market ready’ for springtime.
Did you know that the kitchen is the most valuable room in the house? Worth more per square metre than any other, a well-designed and attractive kitchen can be a real deal-breaker for a wavering house viewer. Granted, a full kitchen refit can be a costly investment, but the return can be as much as 50 – 75% so it’s well worth considering.
If your budget doesn’t allow for a full remodel, there are other improvements you can make to spruce up your kitchen without forking out a fortune. If your units are tired and dated but structurally sound, replacing the doors will cost far less than replacing the carcasses as well. Alternatively, you could opt to have your doors sprayed or wrapped. Either option would instantly refresh and modernise your kitchen and add to its aesthetic appeal.
Paint and Perception
When potential homebuyers view a property, they take into consideration how much work would be required to adapt the property to meet their needs. If your décor comprises bold wallpapers and brightly coloured paintwork, it may not be to their taste, so it’s advisable to give key areas a neutral makeover. A home recently decorated in neutral colours will not only make it easier for buyers to visualise as their own, but it will also mean a simpler transition to moving into and using immediately. In addition, neutral décor will make rooms feel lighter and larger – another salient point for the majority of home buyers.
Space is certainly a major factor when it comes to choosing a new home and insufficient lighting will make a room appear smaller than it is. For a light and airy appeal, ensure all windows are cleaned and all dark corners are well lit. The placement of wall mirrors will also help to make smaller rooms and hallways appear much larger.
First impressions certainly count when it comes to buying a new property, and decisions can be made within moments of arriving. To ensure your home looks inviting from the outside, give your front door a fresh coat of paint and ensure the windows are well maintained and any exterior woodwork is in good condition.
An untidy garden is far from pleasing on the eye so trim back shrubs, dispose of any clutter and ensure pathways are swept and clean. Decorative items such as floral hanging baskets and door wreaths will also contribute to your home’s kerb appeal and will immediately give the home viewer something attractive to focus on.
Declutter and Store
If your surfaces are cluttered and there’s stuff piled high in every corner of your home, viewers will find it difficult to envisage living there. The New Year is a great time to start sifting through your belongings and selling or disposing of unwanted items. Not only will you make space for new gifts, but you’ll also gauge an idea of the type of storage you will require to make your home look less cluttered and feel more organised.
Sufficient storage is key to keeping surfaces and spaces clear and tidy. For each room list all the items you wish to store and then delve into the world of storage solutions. Fitted furniture is a perfect option, as not only will it hide the clutter of the homeowner, thoroughly maximising all space available, but the inherently sleek design of fitted furniture will enable home buyers to visualise their own furniture and furnishings in the space.
Unless looking for a property to renovate, most homebuyers are seeking somewhere they can move into with minimal effort. Moving house is stressful enough without having to worry about costly repairs and inconvenient DIY jobs.
So, take a good look around your home and take note of anything which needs improving. We’d suggest fixing broken switches, cracked tiles, worn carpets and chipped paintwork before viewings begin. Although obvious, it’s also imperative that you give your home a thorough clean, paying particular attention to the kitchen and bathroom areas. Removing lime scale, repairing old tile grout, polishing taps and windows will make a huge difference to how your property is perceived, and ultimately to its saleability.
At Hartleys we specialise in bespoke furniture for bedrooms, lounges, home-studies and multi-purpose areas. If we can help you improve your storage solutions ready for the home-moving season, we’d be delighted to chat. You can call our Skipton design team on 01756 700471, or if you live in the York area, call 01904 936146 to arrange a visit to your home. You can also take a closer look at what we do on our website.