Small im­prove­ments can help sell your prop­erty

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Ren­o­vat­ing a home could help clinch a sale, but how do you de­cide what’s worth do­ing?

Re­gard­less of the state of the hous­ing mar­ket, a prop­erty’s first im­pres­sion is cru­cial to at­tract se­ri­ous buy­ers.

So, while mak­ing a home more ap­peal­ing should be a good in­vest­ment, it is dif­fi­cult de­cid­ing what re­fur­bish­ment to do. The right decision can reap re­wards.

Sto­ries abound of cam­paigns for poorly pre­sented prop­er­ties that limped along un­til a makeover re­vealed its po­ten­tial.

Yet over­cap­i­tal­is­ing on prop­erty that isn’t worth a lux­ury facelift puts the in­vest­ment at risk.

Top Tips

Seek ad­vice from a lo­cal agent or valuer on likely buyer pro­files and what out­lay would eas­ily be re­couped.

Get some­one to act as a fresh pair of eyes.

Home styling and stag­ing ser­vices are avail­able – real es­tate agents can prob­a­bly rec­om­mend somebody.

Clean and de­clut­ter; re­pair mi­nor de­fects such as holes in walls, leaky taps, wonky paving, cracked tiles, mouldy grout­ing.

Tidy the gar­den, clean paving with high-pres­sure hose, add plants and pot­ted colour, spread fresh mulch.

Paint or wash house fa­cade, front door and fence. Re-oil or re­paint decks. Paint inside as nec­es­sary. Re­place daggy light fit­tings. Kitchen: up­date cup­board doors and han­dles, splash­back tiles, taps.

Bath­room: re­spray/re­grout tiles, re­pair cracks and chips. Re-enamel a dam­aged or gar­ish bath.

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