Recent research has revealed that 65% of home owners carried out some sort of renovation or repair on their property during lockdown, spending around £55 billion on their projects. If you’re getting your home ready for sale, it can be a bit disheartening to splash the cash on something you aren’t going to enjoy yourself. This week we’ve got a few tips from Property Wire to help you carry out those essential repairs – or a bit of a pre-sale spruce-up – without breaking the bank.
Do the basics first
Before you start replacing floors or ceilings and slapping on the plaster or paint, make sure that the basics are all OK. You don’t want to have to rip up new floor tiles or make holes in walls after you’ve done all that stuff. Make sure that the roof, wiring, pipework and windows are all up to scratch, that there is no damp getting in and everything is working as it should – even if you’re planning on selling. This is because a survey will pick up on any problems, so it is important to get them sorted, rather than paint over the cracks. This could help you to secure a better offer too.
Focus on the touchpoints
Cheap stuff wears out quickly, especially if it used a lot. Make sure that you spend a bit of money on the places in your home that get used the most – such as floors that receive heavy traffic, and ‘touchpoints’ that you interact with frequently – taps, light switches, door handles, etc. Spend less money on the things that you look at, but don’t tend to touch much such as wallpaper and tiles.
Stick to the plan
We all know how tempting it is to pile the trolley high with bargains once we get inside a DIY store. You may only have popped in for a packet of rawl plugs but now you’ve got seventeen rolls of wallpaper and a luxury loo seat to pay for. PUT. THEM. BACK! You’re selling your house, make a plan and set a budget and stick to it. You can shop for bargains for you new home, once this one is sold.
Revive, Repair and Upcycle
Sometimes you don’t need to buy a new one, you just need to fix the one you’ve got, or give it a blooming good clean. Wash and press the curtains, scrub the oven and stash anything that might put off prospective buyers in storage. You can also make some old furniture look better than new by giving it a coat of paint and ‘upcycling’ it. If you’re happy with the layout of your kitchen, why not just change the doors or door handles, likewise in the bathroom, getting some new taps and a toilet seat could make it look as good as new without the cost of replacing the whole bathroom suite.
Ask for professional help to get ready for sale
If you’re a bit of a bodger you could be doing more harm than good by preparing your home for sale yourself. In this case it could be time to hire a professional, but make sure you shop around! Prices vary wildly so get a few quotes and check out their online reviews – or even better – get a personal recommendation from someone you trust before you choose the right person, or team for the job. Before they get started, make sure you’ve agreed on what you’re expecting for your money so that there are no hidden extras or added costs.
Made your improvements already? Sale agreed and ready to move? Why not give us a call to see how we can help with a free, no-obligation quote? If you need to store some stuff during the sale or the move, we have secure, stone-built storage facilities right here in the centre of Bridport. We can help you to pack your things and put them straight into storage for you until you’re ready to deal with them, taking all the stress out of moving for you. Give us a call to find out more.
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