When people who are selling their homes hire us for photographs, they often ask whether there are any common improvements they should make before they welcome in person viewers or even have the photos taken. Our advice is that if
you are looking to sell your home, then it is definitely important to prep it beforehand. Small improvements can go a long way and, depending on the market, you might profit from renovating different spaces in your home. Knowing which rooms and which areas of your home to focus on first is going to help you stretch your budget and get the most value added to your home.
Fixes to make before you sell your home
These fixes should be done before you put your home on the market. Unlike the options in the next section, they should be considered non-negotiable, as these improvements will make your home more attractive, are cost-effective, and perfect for attracting buyers and will make your professional photographs and walkthroughs the best out there!
Declutter your home
Having a few personal items around can help make a home feel like a home, rather than a show home, but leaving all of your clutter out so that viewers cannot open cupboards and storage without it falling on top of them is not a good idea. No matter whether it is visible or stored clutter, it all needs to go. Be very critical when moving it, because this is the perfect opportunity to start packing. Get rid of what you don’t want or need by donating, selling, or recycling it. Clutter can make photos look busy and distract viewers from seeing the properties full space potential
Deep clean and refresh your home
Bring in a professional cleaning company to deep clean your home. It’ll be a huge selling point. A deep clean will involve steam cleaning carpets, professionally cleaning the oven and making everything sparkle from fabrics to solid surfaces. This will really show in professional photos!
Improve the kerb appeal
Go outside and make a note of any flaws with your exterior. Unless there are structural issues you will need to deal with, chances are the brick might be grimy, paint may be peeling off or need a wipe down, and so on. Hire professionals or rent the necessary equipment to deep clean and refresh your exterior walls and remember to spruce up your front and rear gardens too. This is what viewers will see first!
Convert the loft space to add a bedroom
Adding a bedroom is one of the smartest ways to increase your home’s value, as it can put it in a higher price bracket. A loft conversion can cost almost twice as much as adding a lower floor extension, but if you have substantial space in your attic (24 meters), you could be looking at adding £38,328 to £101,125 in value. Costs of a loft conversion generally range between £35,000 to £45,000 so this means you can expect a 21% increase in the value of your home, or a 24% increase if you are in London! A Lot of times we take photos in lofts, we get asked if it could be converted into a small bedroom or office!
Renovate the kitchen
The kitchen is the absolute best renovation you can do in your home, but you do need to be careful that the renovation is in line with the value of your property. You can install the most beautiful, expensive, and luxurious kitchen but make sure it will boost your property’s value to the same amount as you put into the renovation to ensure a healthy return. Kitchens are one of the most looked at areas of a home and we want to show off its potential in our photographs!
Renovate the bathrooms
Bathrooms are another renovation project that can boost property value. More than that, however, modern, renovated bathrooms can make it far easier and faster to sell your property as many potential buyers will be looking for a modern, clean and sleek design.
Need the eye of a photographer to help sell your property quicker and for a higher asking price? Contact the team today!
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