Whether you are moving to explore new career options, to reduce your commute, or even to give yourself a fresh start – there’s no denying that the process can be stressful. In fact, a recent study found that most adults find moving house to be more stressful than starting a new job or even getting divorced.
Thankfully, there are various steps you can take to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. For example, you can ensure a quick and easy sale by taking steps to increase the value of your property ahead of time. This way, you can ensure that you get your asking price for your property (and perhaps even more).
With that in mind, here are some simple tips you can use to increase the value of your home before it hits the market.
- Turn empty space into a home office. During the pandemic, professionals across all industries were encouraged to work from home – and many have not yet returned to the office full time. In fact, it seems as though hybrid working is the future. As such, making your home perfect for remote working is a great way to increase your property’s value (and could even enable you to add upwards of 10% to your asking price).
- Create a blank canvas for prospective buyers. The decor and design choices featured within your property are likely a direct reflection of your personality, which is great when it comes to making a house feel like home. However, when selling your property, it’s better to remove these features – instead of leaving prospective buyers with a ‘blank canvas’ that they can project their own ideas onto when looking around. In many cases, this simply means you need to pack up some of your belongings a little earlier, which isn’t all bad as it means you won’t leave packing until the last minute.
- Work with a realtor. Working alongside a real estate agent such as a member of the team at Madison Fox may seem like an additional cost, but it can prove to be instrumental in ensuring you get as much money for your property as possible. There are various reasons for this. Firstly, they have an excellent insight into the property market, meaning they know exactly what buyers are looking for. This means they can give you advice on any changes you need to make in order to win them over. They can also help you to set realistic expectations regarding just how much money you can get from the sale – which will help finding your new home that much easier.
- Enhance your curb appeal. Another way in which you can begin to increase the value of your home before selling it is by enhancing the curb appeal. This is because curb appeal is best described as “an ingenious marketing tool that makes prospective buyers more inclined to look inside.” Thankfully, improving curb appeal is relatively easy – you must simply focus on sprucing things up a little. For example, you could repaint doors or window frames.