Mark Manning, managing director of Manning Stainton estate agency in Yorkshire, spoke to YEP about how best to increase the marketability and value of a home.
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“Buyers who are willing to pay a premium for a property know exactly what they want,” Mark said.
“We’re seeing more and more of them looking for homes to move right into, and great kitchens, modern bathrooms, fresh decor, home offices and brilliant outdoor spaces are high on the list when it comes to their must-haves.
“When you’re preparing to sell, a few DIY jobs to fix these things can make all the difference and get you the best selling price possible.”
Mark’s first piece of advice to those looking to sell their home is to update features like kitchen cabinets and tiling, with these small changes helping modernize any space.
“You don’t have to spend a lot of money to install a new one, but if yours is looking tired, it’s worth investing in new cabinet doors or painting existing ones,” explained Mark.
“Replacing old tiles and installing a new countertop; these things don’t cost much but make a big difference and add value to your home.”
Modern bathrooms are also a must for most buyers, and hiding unsightly plumbing, investing in new flooring, and updating faucets can breathe new life into a bathroom.
Fresh decor can help add value to a property because it makes it look neat, so Mark suggests decorating before you put a home on the market.
“Neutral is always a safe bet, but pops of color and stylish wallpaper work too. Just try to avoid anything too flashy or overly stylized, as those things might turn off some buyers.
“Get inspiration from interior influencers, design-led TV shows and home magazines to see what’s trending.”
Now that working from home has soared, home offices are in massive demand, so Mark recommends converting any unused space into a work-from-home space.
If there isn’t enough space for a separate office, a desk in a larger downstairs room can create a work zone that shoppers can see into.
Finally, Mark urges sellers to revitalize outdoor and garden areas to increase attraction and viewing.
“First impressions really count, so tidy up the front of your home and make the most of every outdoor space you have. If you have a yard, mow the lawn, plant borders, and add patio furniture and a BBQ to sell your home’s outdoor space with living potential.”
“If you only have a garden or balcony, make it as appealing as possible by adding compact patio furniture and potted plants and flowers.”
“All of these things are inexpensive and will add more value than they cost, so it pays to attract as many buyers as possible and get the best possible price for your home.”