If you’ve ever sold a house, or indeed bought a house, then you’ll understand how fickle the housing market can be; one minute they’ll be plenty of buyers interested and the next there’s more chance of finding a flying pig than finding somebody that will be interested in your property!
All is not lost as the government have decided to help homeowners out with a temporary change in rules to the way in which planning permission has to be gained. David Cameron has announced that certain renovations can soon be carried out without having to first gain approval from your local council, which is music to the ears of the 200,000 people that apply for permission every year! It’ll not only save you money (application fees cost around £150) but also time, as you won’t be strung along waiting for months for final approval.
If your home is currently on the market and you’re struggling to shift it, maybe an extension is what you need (this temporary change lasts until 2015 so you’ve got plenty of time!) but if you still haven’t got the money for a large renovation like this there are still lots of things that you can do to add value, and therefore increase the chance of shifting your home! What, you ask? Read on to find out!
Food, Glorious Food!
The kitchen is considered one of the most important rooms in any home, but don’t get bogged down knowing that you can’t afford a complete re-fit; instead do something about it! Ditch the old rusty toaster and update your appliances, you’ll be amazed at what a difference something as small as this can make to the overall décor of the room.
The bedroom will have the most impact on potential buyers, so it should be considered as a luxury area; somewhere as a retreat from the toils of daily life. It’s a high commodity so make the most of it by enhancing it to show off just how great your home is (dimmers are a great way of creating a sensual atmosphere that all will love!)
Make The Neighbours Green!
An eco-friendly home will bring in higher value than one that uses all of the world’s resources in order to heat itself! So, make an investment in some green features; solar panels may seem like an expense at first but you’ll reap the rewards when you start saving on your energy bills, and when your house goes onto the housing market!
Storage, Storage, Storage
In a survey of potential home buyers, storage was listed as one of the most important aspects in a home, so take a look at the space you have available and create as much as you can. But don’t just go filling your cupboards with stuff, make the most of it so buyers can see the value.
The exterior of your home is the first impression that people will make, so make it a good one! Tidy up your garden, mow the lawns and wash the windows! Do all you can to really showcase your home, and make it stand out from the rest on the street; and remember, windows there to do more than just showcase a pretty view, so update yours and make sure they’re always performing as they should.