Work The Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is one of the biggest factors in selling a property. If you can’t persuade people that your house is worth a look outside, you won’t get them to come inside. Fortunately, curb appeal can be relatively cheap and easy to resolve.
Start by looking at your windows and doors. Make sure that any paint work is up to date and all the glass is clean and bright. Garage doors should also be taken into account here and it’s not too expensive to replace an old garage door with something more modern if your house is looking a bit dilapidated. Make sure that if you do replace any fittings, they still match the rest of the house - often replacing all the windows and doors is the best option, even if it is more expensive.
If your property has off-road parking, make sure that the drive is in great condition. Remove and trim back any overgrown plants and weeds that may have taken over and give the drive a jet wash to remove any lichen which can be slippery. If you need to replace the path, gravel is a cheap option but you might like to consider tarmac for a sleeker option.
Finally, make sure that the garden is neat and tidy. It doesn’t have to be perfect by any stretch but adding a few bowls of flowers by the front door and maintaining the lawn are essential for adding curb appeal to any property. If you need to, returfing is a good option as this will provide an instant upgrade.
Fix Up Any Problem Areas
All properties come with at least one problem area. It might be that the kitchen is falling apart or there’s a leak in the bathroom. It might be something more general like poor efficiency or a bad layout. As a property flipper, you need to know which problem areas you are willing to deal with and what you can achieve with your budget.
Let’s take the kitchen as an example. The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house and is a top priority for most buyers. To persuade buyers that this is the property for them, you need to make sure that the kitchen looks really expensive without spending a fortune yourself. Replacing door handles, using bright neutral colors and hiding small appliances away to make the surfaces look less cluttered are all simple and inexpensive tricks of the trade.
Some problems, like damp or structural issues, absolutely must be fixed before you can sell. Though you might be feeling confident in your skills, serious structural issues should always be left to professionals to fix. Problems like these tend to eat through even the most generous budget and you might end up getting stuck with your less-than-perfect property.
With every problem you fix, you should always keep in mind that you need to profit. This means that you should always set a budget for your renovations, create a list of priorities and only do the things that will add value. Keep an eye out for deal breakers and always have a structural engineer check a property out before you buy.
Make The Property Feel Homey And Lived In
House flipping is always going to take time and effort and it’s likely that you will be living here too. Giving your home a sense of character that reflects you and your family is a really important factor here. Even if you have bought in order to do-up and move on, you might actually fall in love with the property and not want to move after all!
Choosing neutral colors for walls is always a good idea if you are staging a house but adding color is a good way to give more character to otherwise dull rooms. There’s a balance to be had here. As long as your taste could be enjoyed (or painted over) by the next occupiers, you’re good to go. With this in mind, you might like to experiment with different colors to give each room a unique feel.
Adding your own sense of style is really important in any home and here is no different. Picking up unique objects and furniture from flea markets and junkyards might sound scary, upcycling old furniture is a brilliant way to fill your house with lovely things without spending a small fortune. And, the things you get the most compliments on are always the things people haven’t seen in any shop windows. It’s good to be unique.
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