Beneath all this doom and darkness lies an industry that appears to be thriving in many parts of the country: the real estate market.
Average house prices this week hit record highs, according to Rightmove, driven by temporary holidays and the so-called “space race” as more people become aware of their changing lifestyle.
So, is it time to make money? Here’s how to get your home ready for sale and even add value.
Cleaning your basement, attic and garage is an obvious task, but real estate agents say the smartest sellers need to go a step further.
This is especially important in the entrance hall because first impressions count. So make sure it’s as clear as possible.
“You only need a little furniture. So think about how easily people can walk around the property without being obstructed by protruding objects,” said Christopher Burton of Knight Frank (knightfrank.co.uk).
Get rid of kitchen pots and pans to clean kitchen counters. Send the shampoo bottle to the cupboard; A drawer under the bed makes the bedroom look tidier; And when you start painting, keep in mind that dark colors make the room appear smaller.
Gardens have never been more popular. So, if you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor space, make sure it’s in the best possible condition.
Prioritize front pages, if any, to impress the “right” buyers before they decide to visit in person.
Get rid of weeds, prepare fresh potted plants and hanging baskets, and clear your way to a freshly painted front door with shiny brass or cutlery.
Behind walkways for water jets, boulders and stairs, and greenhouse windows. In particular, the surface may become slippery and therefore needs refreshing.
Many sellers are disappointed with the condition of the adjacent lawn. If you can’t cut it, why not offer to do it for you? This can help you sell your property faster.
LEAVE AN UNWANTED JOB
While basic gas or electric work requires a skilled dealer, comparison site HaMuch.com recognizes that there are many smaller home improvement stores that multiple people can do to make their home more attractive. and save money.
This includes space for painting and wallpapering, for replacing old or cracked tiles, for fixing ingenious floorboards and even for replacing squeaky hinges.
Mark Lamb of Victorian Plumbing (victorianplumbing.co.uk) says salespeople shouldn’t be deterred from doing bathroom tile work even if they haven’t: “You don’t need experience to do the job, it takes patience.
“Getting the number of tiles right is the key to tile success. Take the time to measure your bathroom and always order 10 percent more tiles than you need.”
If you want to get the most out of it, the general advice is to sell now. However, if you want to wait until everything is in order, it might be worth doing a room renovation.
The National Association of Real Estate Agents (NAEA) says the most important improvement that adds value is remodeling kitchens and bathrooms so they look fresh, modern and hygienic.
“Good lighting and a clean, tidy surface in neutral colors can quickly create a feeling of comfort and space,” said Mark Hayward, managing director of NAEA.
Now, a special room or room that can be rented from the house also adds to its appeal.
SET ON SCREEN
If the house you want to sell is vacant, call. Design firms like Derby-based Lemon & Lime Interiors (itroneand limeinteriors.co.uk) offer “virtual staging” – tips on what furniture to rent to “dress up” your home and impress buyers.
Now there’s no excuse: make sure your house sings and dances so you can make money when the prices are high