If you’re looking to sell your property in the near future, there are plenty of methods you can use to ensure you maximise its value. Here are a few tips to set you on your way.
Structural Problems Identify existing structural problems first, before you embark on any cosmetic improvements. While cosmetic work can hide a multitude of sins from a buyer, it’s pretty unlikely that an experienced valuer is going to be fooled. Examples of structural problems include leaking roofs, mould, rising damp and rotten joists. While these defects can be repaired, they’re usually expensive. However, try to consider any substantial structural restoration as an investment – they’ll add considerable value to your property if carried out properly.
Correct Small Defects Minor defects don’t usually affect the value of a property. Nevertheless, if there are too many, the chances are that your property will not sell at its optimum price. An accumulation of defects can be very off-putting both for valuers and potential buyers. Things like peeling paint, broken door latches, mouldy sealants, dripping taps, loose tiles and cracks in walls can give bad first impressions and should therefore be corrected. In most cases, minor repair jobs require very little DIY experience.