Fixing up your home to sell on a budget

Posted on 2016-08-31

 

It’s the first day of spring! That means it’s time to dust off those dresses, shorts, shirts, skirts and slops, and get into warm weather vibes.

But that’s not even the best part of spring, is it? We bet you’re actually looking forward to next month’s utilities bill – no more high bills for heaters, electric blankets, and night after night of hot stews and soups cooked on the electricity-chewing stove or in that gas-guzzling oven.

In addition to comfier clothes and lower bills, spring also happens to be one of the best seasons to sell your home. Many reports confirm that it’s easier to sell during the warmer weather, and it’s no wonder – the flowers in your garden are blooming, buyers are more likely to venture out to show-days, and your home gets more light and warmth during the day.

That being said, you’ll still need to put in a little effort to make your home look its best so you can sell as quickly as possible. Potential buyers have a lot on their minds, such as the transfer fees they’ll need to pay, or how much their new homeowner’s insurance premiums are going to be. It’s important to make your home as attractive as possible to them. Here are our tips for doing just that:

 

Count pennies in the kitchen

We’ve started with what is likely the most important room of your home when it comes to selling; it’s this room that potential buyers usually make a dash for. Kitchens are expensive to do up nicely, though, aren’t they?

They don’t need to be!

Small changes such as replacing the light fittings, trading old door handles for newer ones, and changing out the sink and taps can easily add a modern touch to an outdated kitchen. If you’ve got a little more spare money in your budget, you can look at changing cupboard doors and drawers, or even just giving them a fresh coat of paint. If you’re not looking to spend a load of cash, though, that’s fine – the goal is to make the house more appealing to potential buyers, not to make it so beautiful you couldn’t bear to move out yourself!

 

Bathroom bargains

We know we said the kitchen is the most important room for buyers, but it’s got a close competitor in the bathrooms. If your bathrooms haven’t been updated since the ‘80s (think pink bath and toilet), then it might be time to give them a makeover! You don’t need to go to the extreme by replacing everything, though. A new toilet seat, a fresh shower curtain, changing out the cracked tiles, and cleaning the grout can give your bathrooms new life.

 

Cut-price cleaning

You might think that replacing the carpets will make your home more appealing, but a buyer may come along and decide they prefer laminate flooring and rip it all up anyway.

Instead, giving your carpets a deep clean and your tiles a professional polish can save you thousands of rands. Pack away the kids’ toys when people come to view, and if you’ve already found another home, pack your boxes neatly to one side.

If you really want to make an impression, you can neaten up the garden too if you have one. Mow the lawn and pack away any rubble that is lying around. Let your spring blossoms show potential buyers what your home has to offer without garden clutter.

 

Save with small repairs

It’s time to stop putting off those annoying little jobs and just do them! Fix that leaking tap, oil the squeaky door, take the nails out the wall and fill the holes, paint the rooms that really need it, and take care of all lights that aren’t working.


Budget with Budget

If you’re selling your home, chances are you’re looking for a new one. Moving can be expensive, what with having to buy more household contents for your new place and getting new buildings insurance quotes. With us, you can save when insuring your home contents and updating your buildings insurance. Stay in budget and get home insurance quotes from us today!

 

The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice.

Information obtained from: http://www.property24.com/property101/sellers-guide/considerations-when-selling-a-home/15905; http://www.bankrate.com/finance/money-guides/10-cheap-fixes-to-boost-the-value-of-your-home-1.aspx

Small changes such as replacing the light fittings, trading old door handles for newer ones, and changing out the sink and taps can easily add a modern touch to an outdated kitchen. If you’ve got a little more spare money in your budget, you can look at changing cupboard doors and drawers, or even just giving them a fresh coat of paint. If you’re not looking to spend a load of cash, though, that’s fine – the goal is to make the house more appealing to potential buyers, not to make it so beautiful you couldn’t bear to move out yourself!

 

Bathroom bargains

We know we said the kitchen is the most important room for buyers, but it’s got a close competitor in the bathrooms. If your bathrooms haven’t been updated since the ‘80s (think pink bath and toilet), then it might be time to give them a makeover! You don’t need to go to the extreme by replacing everything, though. A new toilet seat, a fresh shower curtain, changing out the cracked tiles, and cleaning the grout can give your bathrooms new life.

 

Cut-price cleaning

You might think that replacing the carpets will make your home more appealing, but a buyer may come along and decide they prefer laminate flooring and rip it all up anyway.

Instead, giving your carpets a deep clean and your tiles a professional polish can save you thousands of rands. Pack away the kids’ toys when people come to view, and if you’ve already found another home, pack your boxes neatly to one side.

 

If you really want to make an impression, you can neaten up the garden too if you have one. Mow the lawn and pack away any rubble that is lying around. Let your spring blossoms show potential buyers what your home has to offer without garden clutter.

 

Save with small repairs

It’s time to stop putting off those annoying little jobs and just do them! Fix that leaking tap, oil the squeaky door, take the nails out the wall and fill the holes, paint the rooms that really need it, and take care of all lights that aren’t working.


Budget with Budget

If you’re selling your home, chances are you’re looking for a new one. Moving can be expensive, what with having to buy more household contents for your new place and getting new buildings insurance quotes. With us, you can save when insuring your home contents and updating your buildings insurance. Stay in budget and get home insurance quotes from us today!

 

The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice.

 

Information obtained from: http://www.property24.com/property101/sellers-guide/considerations-when-selling-a-home/15905; http://www.bankrate.com/finance/money-guides/10-cheap-fixes-to-boost-the-value-of-your-home-1.aspx