What to do to sell in 2019

If your plans for 2019 include home improvements with a view to selling, here’s what you should and shouldn’t be doing for maximum return:

Clare Coode of Stacks Property Search says, “Don’t waste your money on expensive designer kitchens and bathrooms. Go for simple, basic products, and add a touch of gorgeousness in the shape of taps, shower heads, tiles and accessories.

“Land adds value – if you can add a bit to a rural property by buying from an adjacent landowner, it generally makes financial sense to do so, although you will have to take a view on price.

“Good windows can totally change the look of a property – for the good, and for the bad. If yours are ugly, or need renovating, consider your options carefully; spending money on good windows that complement the property generally pays dividends. If you aren’t replacing, but windows look a bit neglected, neaten them up and give a fresh coat of paint.”

James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search says, “Hiding or screening eyesores that you’ve stopped noticing outside the house, but that might put off buyers, is an excellent use of renovation funds. Build your array of bins and recycling containers an enclosure that keeps them out of sight; reconfigure exterior space so that parked cars are screened.

“Screening can take many different forms – natural screening such as trees and hedges tends to be best, but obviously isn’t a quick fix option. Trellis screening planted with climbers is the next best option, and while you won’t blot out undesirable sights completely, just breaking up the eyesores makes a huge difference. Willow lattice screens are a cost effective and speedy solution to unattractive problems.”

“A maximum improvement / minimum outlay result can be achieved by re-gravelling. It makes a huge difference to kerb appeal, whether you’re talking about a small patch at the front of the house, or a larger drive. It’s well worth the investment, and can be done fairly quickly and relatively inexpensively.”

George Barkes of Stacks Property Search says it’s the least glamorous things that can make the most difference. “Take a good look at your house and see what a purchaser’s surveyor might bring up. Are the roof, windows, guttering etc in good condition, is there some pointing to be done? Invest in these repairs, and there should be no reason for the purchaser to come back to you for a discount.”

Craig Fuller of Stacks Property Search continues the boring but important theme. “Concerns about the environment and ever-growing utility bills means that savvy buyers focus on running costs – lighting, heating, plumbing. Ensure the boiler has a good service record and is performing efficiently; old radiators should be replaced and updated. Ensure that cesspits and soak-aways are maintained regularly. It is all money well spent and you will be rewarded by lower running costs, and the ability to demonstrate them to potential purchasers.”

James Law of Stacks Property Search says, “If the property has obvious planning potential for an extension or outbuildings, it may be worth applying for outline permission or obtaining a letter from the planning officer saying in broad terms what would be allowed and how kindly such an application would be received!”

Rachel Johnston of Stacks Property Search says, “At £10/sqm, new carpets can mean the difference between a quick sale and a huge turn off – especially if you have pets. You can try a proper aqua-vac first, but if your floors still look tired, a fresh set of carpets gives you a lot of bang for your buck.”

Louise Ridings of Stacks Property Search says, “You’ve heard it before a thousand times, but whatever you don’t do, make sure you paint the front door and add sentries of lovely healthy pot plants.”

Stacks Property Search & Acquisition, 01594 842880 / www.stacks.co.uk

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