With everyone from specialist house buyers to families looking to snap up top-quality properties fast, it’s important to make sure your home is in tip-top condition. Would-be investors might be put off by poorly maintained homes, so here are seven quick DIY tips anyone selling up should try.
Paint the walls
It’s amazing what a fresh lick of paint can do. Not only will the walls look fresh for future viewings but you won’t have to worry about chipped or peeling paintwork that might date or reduce the appeal of your property.
Create a feature wall
If your home doesn’t need a complete paintjob you could perhaps create a feature wall instead. There are plenty of ideas online but essentially this involves choosing one wall and decorating it in a unique and lively way – perhaps by using stencils or covering it in a vibrant wallpaper.
Get rid of mould
Damp and mould is a problem which bothers many homeowners but there are ways to handle it such as by cleaning off grubby areas and using an anti-mould and fungal paint.
This will instantly improve the appearance of your home while preventing the mould and damp patches from returning.
Clean the carpets
Believe it or not, your carpets are probably harbouring all kinds of bacteria and dirt, so be sure to give them a deep clean before putting your home on the market. Carpet cleaning equipment can be bought or hired and if you don’t fancy doing the work yourself you could always call in professionals.
Scrub the grout between tiles
A sparkling kitchen or bathroom could help sell your property and while you might not have the money to re-tile these rooms, you can scrub between the grout of existing tiles. To make your own grout cleaner simply combine one part bleach with three parts bicarbonate of soda and scrub onto the walls using a toothbrush.
Make sure all lights work
Getting your home ready to sell might seem like a thankless task but when you make a sale you’ll certainly be glad you put in the effort. It might sound obvious but making sure all lights work and securing the best light fittings possible including attractive lamps and bulbs which create a nice homely glow (not a clinical bright light) will make all the difference.
Improve the curb appeal of your home
When preparing your home for sale, don’t forget to improve the curb appeal of your property by mowing the lawn, planting attractive flowers, cleaning the tarmac with a power washer, buying a new door plaque, painting your front door, hiding the rubbish bins and anything else you think will improve the appearance of your home from the outside.
Want a quick sale? Then a little DIY is crucial to ensure that you impress would-be buyers.