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Adding value to your home

The first steps to getting your home ready to sell

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If you're looking to sell, it can be hard to find the time and the funds to completely transform your home to best attract potential buyers.

There are plenty of simple improvements that you can make quickly and on a budget, allowing you to show your home in the best possible light. You might even find you add extra value to the sale.

Improve kerb appeal

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Get your viewings off to a good start by ensuring the outside of your home is presented well. Add a fresh coat of paint to a peeling door, make sure windows are nicely cleaned and remove any clutter that might be piled up outside.


If you live in a flat, communal spaces like hallways and stairwells naturally come under scrutiny too.

Freshen up interiors

While the cost of installing a new bathroom can run well into the thousands, there's a lot to be said for something as easy as applying fresh grouting and new sealant. Replacing a mouldy shower curtain or installing a shower screen are other affordable options to consider.


Anyone viewing your home will want to see themselves living there, so remember that what suits your taste may not necessarily match theirs. Painting interior walls in neutral colours is a good way to abate this.

Don't neglect the garden

Outdoor areas are a huge selling point, so make sure your garden, shed and garage are given due care and attention. You needn't go as far as hiring a landscape gardener – cutting the grass, decluttering the shed and repainting fences are all simple tricks that can transform the space.

Deal with more serious issues

A clean and tastefully decorated house will make a big impression on prospective buyers, but don't forget to resolve any bigger issues – remember that anyone viewing your home will be on the lookout for things like damp and wet and dry rot.

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