update their homes before listing them.” Firstly, improve the appearance of the garage door. It is often the first thing buyers notice. Because it is exposed to the elements it can look worn — a new door or a coat of paint will go a long way to updating the overall look of the property.
Secondly, old tatty windows can age a property severely and replacing them will provide a contemporary look. The average home has about eight windows, so the cost of replacing windows will be far less than the value perceived by potential investors.
Thirdly, if the home is carpeted, professional carpet-cleaning can rejuvenate the look of worn carpets. Alternatively, they should be replaced. This does not have to be a big expense as there are many options available that are reasonably inexpensive. Buyers can smell a new carpet. If the home has hardwood flooring have it sanded and varnished as this will add huge appeal to the home. Generally buyers place extremely high value on homes with wooden flooring.
Fourthly, spruce up the paint work. Simply painting the trim and gutters is a small improvement that makes a big impact. The interior trim is just as vital, so touch up the skirting boards and areas that need it.
In addition, look out for sales and specials to replace fixtures that are damaged or outdated. These could include plumbing or hardware fixtures or lighting, says Goslett.