50 cheap ways to improve the saleability of your home

Posted 11 November 2015 by Keith Osborne

You don't need to spend a fortune to make your home much more appealing to house-hunters, with these handy tips...

Searching for a new home can be great fun, but the flipside of the deal for many of us is that there’s an existing property to sell. Even in a market where estate agents are crying out for more stock, there’s no certainty that you’ll sell your home quickly, so it’s still vital that you make it as appealing as possible.

Buying a new home is bound to hit your pocket, so you won’t want to spend a fortune on tidying up your old one. The team at home improvement specialists Stormclad have come up with no fewer than 50 inexpensive ways that you can bring your property up to scratch before inviting would-be buyers in.

50 Cheap and Easy Ways to Boost the Saleability of Your Home


Kitchen

  1. Replace cabinet doors and/or door handlers
  2. Replace cheap appliances e.g. toasters and kettles
  3. Add moldings to cabinet fronts
  4. Clean the inside (and outside) of the oven

Bathroom

  1. Replace taps
  2. Throw out any half used products
  3. Buy (and use) a shower caddy
  4. Store towels rolled up
  5. Replace the shower curtain

Bedrooms and living areas

  1. Wash cushion covers
  2. Invest in new duvet covers
  3. Add decorative cushions to beds
  4. Sand and polish tired wooden furniture
  5. Cover worn sofas with throws

General

  1. Clean carpets
  2. Paint walls
  3. Create a sense of space by removing excess furniture
  4. Get rid of, or hide your clutter
  5. Do (and put away) the washing up
  6. Clean your curtains or blinds
  7. Install uplights to highlight your home’s best features (such as fireplaces)
  8. If you have an unused room, stage it – as an office, a kid’s playroom, etc.
  9. Buy new, brighter light bulbs
  10. Fill vases with fresh flowers
  11. Remove family photos
  12. Add artwork
  13. Replace light shades
  14. Hang mirrors (bigger is generally better)
  15. Clean, clean, then clean some more!

Outside

  1. Mow your lawn
  2. Plant flowers
  3. Get rid of cobwebs
  4. Pressure wash your patio and driveway
  5. Replace house numbers
  6. Add hanging pots
  7. Clean your windows
  8. Paint your front door

Before people visit

  1. Open blinds/curtains
  2. Open windows (unless you live on a noisy road!)
  3. Open internal doors to help light flow through the home
  4. Leave pets with a friend or neighbour
  5. Spray air freshener, light scented candles, or bake bread
  6. Tidy up
  7. Empty bins
  8. Close toilet seats
  9. Make the beds
  10. Light your fireplace (if you have one, and it’s not summer)
  11. Fluff the sofa cushions
  12. Arrange decorative cushions
  13. In winter, set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature (about 20 °C)
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