Ways to boost your home’s value for resale.

Are you in the market to sell your beloved home? This can be an exciting time in the lives of many people, as the sale of a home generally means a move to either something better or overseas for a new adventure. It can be a very stressful time, particularly in a market where real estate is struggling and on a low.

Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa had this to say about the property market in South Africa, after we were downgraded to junk status.

“Over the last while prospective home buyers have already been subjected to interest rate hikes, drought-driven food price inflation and rising electricity tariffs. An increased cost of credit would be too much to bear for consumers who are already struggling to deal with the growing cost of living.”

In a market that is currently saturated with houses for sale and not many buyers investing in property, it is vital that you spend a bit of time and energy before putting your house on the market, to ensure that your home stands out from the rest.

Your first port of call, the front door!

Your front door is the first thing that your potential buyer will see. This is your first opportunity to impress, so if your door looks a little drab and outdated, think about giving it a fresh lick of paint, or possibly replace it altogether.

Keep it light.

A well-lit home is visually appealing and tells the buyer that there is nothing to hide. Choose lighting for your home that is not only bright and airy but visually appealing to potential buyers. Ensure your light fittings are all well cleaned before you attempt to sell.

Go green.

Plants can do wonders to the appearance of a home and immediately freshen up a space. Place bright flowers in pots outside your front door and around your home. Succulents and delicious monsters are great for bringing that greenery indoors and are relatively inexpensive. Sprinkle pot plants all over your home for a fresh look.

Add a fresh coat of paint.

Very few people are going to be attracted to a home with peeling walls and faded paint. If you want to up your chances of selling, you may want to invest in a good quality paint (Read our blog on using good quality paint) for a new coat on the outside of your home and the inside if need be. This will freshen up the look of your home 100% effectively. Steer away from colours that are too bright and might put potential buyers off. A neutral palette allows them a blank canvas to imagine themselves in.

Give your garden a good overhaul.

A beautiful and well-groomed garden will most certainly catch the eye of potential buyers. Make sure your garden is in tip-top shape and void of any unsightly weeds and rubbish. If possible, do some gardening DIY with new plants and pretty ideas to get it looking amazing for your showhouse. Trim back overgrown bushes and tidy up trees with low hung or scruffy branches.

Get rid of rubbish.

Don’t leave things like bins and children’s toys lying around for people to see. Stash these away in laundry rooms and kids’ cupboards where they are out of sight. The last thing a potential buyer would want to see is rubbish packets and old broken furniture stacked up in the garden. Get rid of your junk and keep the outside and inside of your home as clean and tidy as possible.

If you are wanting to sell your home or thinking about selling your home, give us a call to discuss giving it a fresh coat of paint to up your resale capabilities. We would love to be of assistance in helping you to make your home as appealing as possible to future buyers.