As we continue our second week of working at home I felt like this would be a great opportunity to share with you my thoughts on using the extra time we have now to improve your home. As a property professional and somebody who enjoys D.I.Y this opened up endless opportunities to not only change my living space but to also improve the sell ability and curb appeal of my home when I do come to sell.
Well the first thing is where to start? Now with most things having a plan set in place not only lets you be more organized but allows you to set an end goal and with any house the curb appeal is the first thing we see, Get outside and get that driveway, path & front step clean. Now a power washer works perfectly to get rid of those old weeds and winter grime but a bucket of bleached water and a stiff brush work just the same. Trim any bushes back, mow any grassed areas and if you share a lawn do the neighbours half, its time like this when these acts go that extra mile! A back garden to any house is such an asset so continue to take the same approach as you have taken to the front. Some advice I would personally give would be to maintain your lawn. Grass over the winter months will create thatch which is usually a combination of dead leaves and matter which builds up in your lawn. If you grab a rake and start to rake the grass you will be amazed at how much of this is actually in your lawn. Once removed and away from the grass scatter a grass feed onto the garden, you will see bald patches but after a week the grass will come back stronger greener and provide that perfect lawn for the upcoming months. I have used Evergreen complete 4 in 1 as its reasonably priced (£10-£20 dependent on size delivered to your door) and most importantly its pet and child friendly once dry. Finish off by neatening up those borders de weeding any unwanted visitors and straighten up anything you can.
Now we have sorted outside the next steps would be to work out what you can do to benefit your home internally. From meeting people daily at their homes and showing prospective buyers potential new abodes it gives me the upper hand in knowing what people want but also seeing numerous ways of how people style and utilize their space. One thing we needed to improve on at home was to utilize the storage to the best of our ability. Living in a 1970's 3 bed semi storage was not something that we were inundated with however what we had we were not using to our best ability. We sat back and decided between us that somewhere to store the shoes, more coats and those few extra bits would be ideal so we got to work on our under stairs cupboards. We found a tin of white paint in the shed and covered the only bit of 70s mustard paint which remained in the house and it was amazing how fresh something like an under stairs cupboard could become. We had some basic home shelving delivered and 3 coat hooks, all in the cupboard cost us £25 to do.
Going forward we are going to look at doing the simple things that have those big effects;
- Re sealing the bathroom & kitchen
- Filling any holes and cracks (any filler and decorators caulk works great too!)
- Clean that oven! The amount of techniques available online with the use of cupboard supplies is endless.
- Deep clean those carpets, use a window squeegee on your carpets and you will be amazed with the amount of hair that’s in there (thank Mrs Hinch)
- Declutter those cupboards
Art is another great way to improve your home not only does it add a personal touch but gives you something to do and create. At our house we recently framed a 1970's bus banner which really looks the part along with making a family Lego portrait. I ordered a frame printed off some names and put together some Lego pieces that relate to us at home, it doesn’t have to be Lego so get creative as this is something great for all the family to get involved in.
The list goes on but the main things to take from this are to utilise your time, get those tools out, use those old paints and improve your home in a number of ways. If you would like to discuss with us anything prior to selling your home please get in touch and we will be happy to call or video chat.
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