Whether you are planning to put your home on the market in the near future and would like a quick move, or if it has been up for sale for a few months with little interest, you will want to do all you can to increase its chances of selling.

These home improvements don’t need to be stressful, expensive or time-consuming, there are actually many simple ways you can improve the selling power of your home without too much effort, which won’t only boost your home’s appeal, but will also add value to it.

Don’t know where to start? Then here are a few ideas:

Update your exterior

If you only do one thing to improve the selling power of your home, then it should definitely be this! Don’t forget that the exterior is the first thing a potential buyer will see and therefore gives the overall immediate impression of your home.

Exterior painting projects will very often require bespoke products, particularly when it comes to garage doors, walls, fencing and roofs so before you start, visit the Rawlins Paints website and browse their specialist range.

As well as painting, there are other tasks that can help – tidy up the garden, plant some pretty flowers, unblock gutters, clear the driveway and clean dirty windows.

If the outside is well looked after it will give a welcoming and modern feel.

Tidy up the inside Research by Nationwide Building Society found that 55% of potential buyers would find an untidy house a turn-off and 75% would be put off by household smells. So, clear the clutter and tidy up! It will help you in the long run, when you are packing up to leave anyway.

Consider privacy

Does your property allow for privacy or is it wide open for all to see? 80% of those questioned by Nationwide would think twice about putting an offer in on a house that lacked privacy. This could simply mean putting up a fence or planting large trees or bushes around the edge of the property.

Freshen up floors and walls

One of the most important things to do, when decorating your home for sale, is to look at it from the buyer’s point of view and not your own. While you might like bright, colourful wallpaper – this could be a huge turn-off for them. This doesn’t mean you have to go for plain white walls – this could have the opposite effect, but stick to neutral colours.

The colour palette will set the backdrop to your rooms and you want potential buyers to be able to picture their own preferences and style, not be distracted by yours. They might, of course, want to decorate it to their own tastes at a later date. But, if it is fresh and new, they may be able to put this off or not do it at all.

Apply for planning permission

You could build an extension on your home, providing an extra room or two. This will take time, be very expensive and cause a significant amount of disruption. What you could do instead – that would be far simpler – is apply for planning permission.

This could cost between £1,000 and £2,000 for the survey, design and planning process – but you will elevate your property to a higher league by doing this. Plus, it removes any doubts from buyers mind if they know they can extend should they wish to at any point.

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