5 Strategic home renovations to make sure your home sells fast and for the best price

When it comes to selling your property, you don’t get a second chance to make an excellent first impression. And in the world of real estate, most people ultimately buy based on emotion. This is why money spent on renovations and professional staging is well spent, as it can increase your home’s final sale price –  and decrease the time it takes to sell. But with supply chain issues and inflation adding significantly to the cost of renovations, now more than ever, you need to be strategic about what and where to renovate that adds value.


Value added renovations

A new bathroom is a buyer's delight


Freshen up the facade and garden

 

The first thing prospective buyers will see is the front of the house, driveway and garden. As such, ensure the lawn is mowed and hedges trimmed and cut back to allow maximum light. Have any brickwork and facade pressure hosed to make them look like new. Finally, replace, repaint or sand back the front door to make it welcoming and vibrant, as it is the last thing they see before they enter!

 

Modern renovated home
Ensure the entrance and surroundings are welcoming


Get the painters in!

 

Pick a few rooms or areas with the most impact and freshen them up with a new coat of paint. Unless you have made poor painting choices in the past, choosing a similar colour and tone to the existing paintwork will save you the hassle of an undercoat. A word of warning – try not to get carried away – you are not repainting the whole house! Find dull and tired areas and spaces a buyer will see first (front door, corridor etc.).

 

Clean, throw or store

 

The atmosphere and energy of your home is hugely impacted by what you have – and don’t have in your home. Remove all clutter, and throw or store any other items that do not contribute to the sale, especially mementoes. Less really is more, and your agent will thank you for it when it comes to professionally staging your home.

 

Refresh the kitchen and bathrooms

 

Bathrooms and the  kitchen are the most popular spaces buyers look at within the home, and renovations in these spaces offer the most significant opportunity to improve your chances of success; as such, you should consider spending more here than you would in other areas. Minor touches, such as replacing taps, fixtures and fittings or sanding back wooden cabinets, can make them feel new. If you want to go further – consider swapping out a double sink for the ‘feature look’ and consider replacing the flooring with fresh tiling.

 

Flooring and carpeting

 

Have your carpets professionally cleaned or even replaced where necessary. If you have wooden floorboards, sanding them and re-staining or varnishing can make them a feature in and of themselves.

 

attic room with white floor boards
White floorboards instantly brighten dark spaces

Ask the experts

 

It’s no secret that buying property can be emotional, but so can selling. This is why finding the right agent to sell your property is vital. The right agents are experienced local area experts who know what to look for and can assess – without emotion – where your energy and budget for renovations is best spent. 

If you’re on the trajectory to sell your prestige property, get in touch with Mercer & Cooper today – from renovation advice to final sale, the team look forward to supporting your property journey.

 

 

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