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By Jackie Cameronproperty price

If you’re thinking of selling your home, don’t rush to renovate. Here are some cost-effective ways to get your home sold quicker and for more money!

1. Have a good scrub

The cheapest and easiest way to increase the value if of your home in the eyes of potential buyers, say estate agents, is to make sure it’s spotlessly clean. Most people don’t have the imagination to look past piles of dirty dishes in the kitchen and discarded clothing strewn across your bedroom floor, to see how much nicer things would be if they lived there.

If you have two houses selling in an area at the same price at the same time, the cleaner one is likely to be snapped up faster, reckon estate agents.

2. Fix what’s broken

Don’t forget to ensure the gutters and roof tiles are in good order. One obvious maintenance job often overlooked is the garage door – and it’s usually the first thing a potential buyer sees, points out a Jawitz Properties agent.

3. Mirrors, mirrors on the wall

Estate agents unanimously agree that houses that let in a lot of light are likely to sell faster and for more money than dark, dingy ones. If you have lace or net curtains, remove them while you’re selling to let in the sunshine. If there are hedges blocking windows, cut them back.

Add mirrors. They are an easy way to maximise light and create a feeling of space.

4. Banish your animals

You may love Doogly Dog as much as you love your children, but make sure there’s not even a hint of his presence when it’s time to sell. Vacuum those dog hairs off the living room couch and remove his basket and blankets from your bedroom.

Ask a friend to be honest about the possibility of smells in your home as it’s true that pet owners do get used to their own animals’ smells. So you may not be aware of a whiff that might offend others. Pet odours also suggest to potential buyers that there may be extra maintenance work, like replacing stained carpets and sanding down scratched doors.

Doggy-doo landmines in the garden are also a no-no.

5. Beef up security

A home needs to feel safe. Depending on where you live, security measures should range from a security gate at the front door, to closed circuit cameras surrounding the perimeter. Secure, undercover parking is a must in some areas.

6. Throw out your junk

There’s probably loads of stuff you’ve planning to get rid of once you move. Like that pile of magazines in the corner that’s suddenly become part of the décor, or those bags of two-sizes-too-small clothes you’re hoping to squeeze into again one day.

Don’t wait – throw it all out now, including those boxes in your garage. Clutter can make a place look smaller and give a buyer the impression there’s not much packing space in your home.

7. Freshen up appearances

This includes a lick of paint, inside and out, changing grubby carpets and re-tiling where necessary, so your house looks and smells better. Keep it bland and neutral, rather than suiting your specific taste. This way you’re likely to interest a greater number of buyers.

Kitchens and bathrooms are big decision-making rooms, agree estate agents. Modernise where you can, using quality primers and tile paint to update bathrooms. Replacing work surfaces can also transform a kitchen without a major overhaul.

8. Put in props

A home isn’t just about bricks and mortar. It is about creating memories and having a place where you can relax and feel happy. Help transport the imaginations of your potential buyers to an attractive lifestyle.

If you have a pool, for example, invest in some garden furniture that suggests a relaxing, loving lifestyle, such as two recliners, side by side, is the advice from one estate agency boss. Inside, a flower arrangement in the entrance hall, a bowl of fruit on the dining-room table and an artistic nest of candles in a corner can help create a more comfortable and even luxurious ambience.

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