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Ask an Expert: 5 Easy Tips to Improve Your Home Before Listing It!

If you’re nearly ready to put your home on the market, there are a few things you can do to maximise it’s sale potential without spending much money. We chatted to Lauren Skeen from Century 21 Living Mosman about some suggestions for basic home improvements that could help you make a big impact without breaking the bank.

When it comes time to put your house on the market the goal is first to attract as many buyers as possible, and then to sell your house for as much as possible. Both of those goals can be furthered if your house is looking its very best when it comes time for the first open inspection. So before listing, consider undertaking a few simple and affordable ways to improve your home’s sale potential.

Lauren Skeen from Century 21 Living Mosman has seen all sorts of homes go on the market. As she points out, you don’t need to undertake major home renovations to make an impression.

“Don’t underestimate the power that some simple maintenance projects undertaken around the home can have on your bottom line. And we aren’t talking about refinancing your mortgage to pay for this.”

Here are a couple of suggestions that can help you make a big impact on a small budget.

Paint the walls

In terms of impact, you won’t get more bang for your buck than painting. Fresh paint can completely transform the look and feel of your home, making it more inviting for potential buyers.

Upgrade your hardware

By simply replacing cupboard knobs and drawer handles you can breathe new life into any kitchen. Depending on the replacement you choose, you can make it look more modern, sophisticated, or classic. Replacing old, outdated or damaged light fittings and installing new faces on light switches and power point are just some of the little upgrades around the house can really make an improvement and impress on first appearances.

Fix your bathroom grout

Bathroom grout can get discoloured and mouldy over time. It can chip and break away. To repair, simply scrape out stained grout with a grout remover tool, clean with bleach and water, and then re-grout. It’s cheap and it’s easy to do. Now you’re presenting an all over sparkling and clean bathroom that presents and feels just like new.

Declutter Your Interior

Let’s face it, we could all benefit by channelling our inner Marie Kondo and getting rid of a few (or many) excess items around the house. A neat and clutter free appearance will allow potential buyers to envisage what the property could be like for them. Plus when you do move out, you’ll benefit from having already reused or recycled a number of unneeded items.

Spruce Up the Garden

First impressions are everything when it comes to real estate, so it pays to have the outside of your home looking neat and presentable. So mow the lawns, clean the gutters, dig out those weeds and you’ll be amazed how it improves the external appearance of your property.

Keep in mind these are just a few suggestions – don’t let them limit you to what you can achieve. The bottom line is you don’t have to blow your budget in order to make noticeable improvements to your home. Those improvements can translate to major value when you come to sell your home.

For more tips on how to add value to your home call Century 21 Living 9968 1700 or email