​Great Ideas if You're Thinking of Moving Soon!

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Your house may be straining at the seams or you may have too much space, whatever the reason,  it's time to sell up and look for new house. Before you start the process of contacting an agent and discussing a price, it is wise to make your house as presentable as possible. This will not only make potential buyers more interested in your house, it will also increase the value of the house. By spending a little bit of money at this stage, can often lead to a higher profit at the end. If you have lived in your house for a considerable amount of time, it may be difficult to see rationally what needs to be done to improve the appearance of your house.  There are several clever improvements you can make to a house to make it look fresh and updated. homify has done research and found of the best ways of improving your house for sale.

​Repaint the Main Wall

The new paint job you did five years ago gave the house a new lease on life. Although electric blue may not be to everybody’s taste. Before you consider putting your house on the market consider making a few crucial changes that will make the house appeal to more people. A new coat of neutral coloured paint on a house can make it appear fresh and modern. This applies to the inside as well as the outside of the house. When choosing a colour, consider a shade that will appeal to the widest number of people. This is often neutral shades of white, cream, tan and grey in a matt finish. This allows potential buyers the opportunity to imagine their own interpretation of the space. Be sure to repair any holes and any other damage to walls before painting.

Update Cabinet Handles

The kitchen is an area that is often closely inspected by potential buyers. They are wanting find out if any further work will be required. This provides a wonderful opportunity to impress them with upgraded features. One small but surprisingly economical way to present a neat kitchen is with new cabinet handles. New cabinet handles are easily purchased from local hardware stores for very little money. Be sure to choose handles that are in keeping with the style and colours of the design. Make sure that the handles all match to create a unity in the entire kitchen area. These cabinets are made by Impetus Kitchens.

Add Extra Seating Areas Outside

 Balconies, verandas & terraces  by Vormad - Sittingimage
Vormad—Sittingimage

Terras met Lounge en Dinnerset

Vormad - Sittingimage

Our home is our private oasis. We go there to recharge and renew. When searching for a new house this is something that is at the front of our minds; is this a house where I can relax? Having an outside area to relax is a big draw card for those selling their house. It enables the potential seller to imagine themselves relaxing in the space. Be sure to include chairs and tables to further enhance their imaginations. If you are feeling a bit more daring, include a jug of lemonade and glasses to really set their imaginations going.

Add Built-in Closets

Minimalism is becoming more popular in recent years. People are downgrading their possessions. This includes furniture. The wardrobe is becoming an increasingly rare items in modern homes. With the dominance of built in wardrobes, the humble wardrobe is being phased out. Many people rely on a built in wardrobe in their homes. For this reason, it makes sense to add built in wardrobes to a house that you are selling, if they do not already exist. This can be a relatively quick and simple process. They can be purchased pre built or can be made to fit by a carpenter. For more inspiration see Impressive Walk-in Closets.

Upgrade your Fixtures

Another simple way of impressing potential buyers is by upgrading your fixtures. Items such as lighting can be simply upgraded to give the home a more modern look. Other features that can be easily upgraded include light globes. Power saving light globes are easy to purchase through most hardware stores. The bathroom is another place where fixtures can be updates. Consider updating the mirror, taps, showerheads and cabinets. In the living areas consider installing new light fittings. Lighting in a living room can really set the mood of a house and increase the appeal. These small changes can cost very little and have a significant impact on the appearance of the house.

Update your Window Frames

Windows are said to be the eyes of the house, it is where we see out into the world and where the world gazes in upon us. It makes sense then that these are both attractive and functional items. When potential buyers are looking for houses they do not want to be moving into a house that needs updating. Having a window that is fully functional as well as attractive is a big bonus. Be sure that every window in the house matches each other.  This may require the replacement of some functioning windows. 

Add Mirrors

Mirrors in a house bring with them a sense of light and spaciousness. They reflect the light that is around them and when placed in strategic places, can make a space appear larger than it is. This can be a great way to make a small house look larger and more appealing for potential buyers. The most important thing about using mirrors in a house is the placement. It is important to put mirrors in strategic positions to make the most of light and reflection. In a small space, place a mirror in a dark corner reflecting a bright area such as a window or door. In a dark room place the mirror opposite the window to give the impression of two windows in the space.

Add Visable Storage

 Corridor, hallway & stairs  by Workshop Interiors
Workshop Interiors

Classic Shaker Style Storage

Workshop Interiors

When searching for a potential new home many people have a check list for what is important to have in their new home. For some this may include a pool, a large kitchen or a certain number of bedrooms. For others it may be plenty of storage. In todays modern world we tend to collect many possessions. These possessions need somewhere to be stored. To make a house more appealing to potential buyers consider including added visual storage. This can be in the form of cupboards, shelves and built in robes.

When you are considering making the big decision to list your home on the market, consider preparing your house before you take the plunge. There are many things that you can do to your house to appeal to potential buyers and increase the value of your home. This can be as simple as updating cabinet handles to replacing window frames. Each of these suggestions will appeal to potential buyers and ensure that once your house hits the market, it will be sold as quick as lightening. For more tips see Tradition Meets Modernity in an Indian Home. 

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