In the rough and tumble of the housing market, it can often pay to get any advantage you can. One way of doing this is by getting down to a little DIY, which can really boost the value of your home if done right. You don’t need to be the world’s greatest handyman to give your house a little TLC, so read on to find out how spending a couple of hours on a sunny Sunday afternoon can help your house value rise.
Tidy up your garden
The first thing that a prospective buyer sees when he or she views your house isn’t the front door or freshly painted facade. It’s your garden, so it can really pay to make sure that it’s looking as lovely as possible to give a great first impression.
Dig out your gumboots and put on your your gardening gloves, put aside a couple of hours, and prepare to get your fingers green. It’s really not too difficult to keep your garden in order. Be sure to keep your lawn regularly mowed – about once a fortnight should do. Additionally, pull out any weeds you come across in the turf. When your lawn looks like it’s cared for, it will give the impression that you care about its appearance and the assumption will be that your house is in excellent shape, too.
It can also be beneficial to trim your hedges and plant brightly coloured flowers, such as tulips or daffodils, in the beds to give your home an even brighter appeal.
When your lawn looks like it’s cared for, it will give the impression that you care about its appearance and the assumption that your house is in excellent shape, too.
Tend to any outstanding odd jobs
That leaky tap which has been dripping away for weeks, loose door handle and missing floor tile? Time to get them fixed. It’s easy to procrastinate, seeing as they seem such minor issues, but having everything in good working order could be the difference between a good sale, or awkward negotiations to bring the price down.
This is because such seemingly minor problems could indicate that your home has deeper-lying issues. A leaking tap might imply that your home has plumbing issues, even if this isn’t the case. A missing floor tile may make it seem as though the foundations are weak, so have it fixed or replaced. This will help erase any doubt in a potential buyer’s mind about forking out for extensive renovations.
It really does make good sense to keep on top of any odd jobs you have outstanding – no matter how minor they may seem.
Ready for the floor
We’ve already talked about how the front garden can make a lasting impression on your buyer, but what greets them beyond the front door is just as important. If the first thing that they see is a fusty carpet that is perhaps older than the house itself, they may be completely put off, or want to lower your asking price.
Neither scenario is a desirable one, so it’s well worth your time either having the carpet professionally cleaned, or you can choose to rip it up and start from scratch. What’s underneath the carpet? Potentially floorboards, full of splinters, dusty and equally unsightly.
Firstly, you’ll need to clean them up. This is easier than you may imagine, and cheap, too. A homemade solution made up of equal parts white vinegar, turpentine and boiled linseed oil will work wonders when gently rubbed in with a soft sponge.
Now that you have beautiful clean floorboards, what are you to do with them? Sanding them will lend a rustic chic vibe to your hallway, or you might decide to cover them over once again with a brand new carpet – the decision is yours!
No matter what work you’re carrying out on your home, though, sometimes things don’t go as planned. So, it’s always worth making sure you have the right insurance in place. Tower house insurance will offer some cover for a house undergoing minor alterations, i.e. non-structural work that doesn’t require building consent.
if you want to know more about your house insurance options while renovating, get in touch with our helpful team or request a quote now.