How to sell your house quicker

Posted by on January 23, 2013 in Abbeywood Blog, House refurbishment | 0 comments

It is a good idea to consider refurbishing your home if you are thinking of selling. A few minor refurbishments can make a property more attractive to a potential buyer, as it means there would be less work to do once the property changes hands.

House refurbishments needn’t be expensive or time consuming. There are a few practical steps that can be done to make your property more appealing and ensure it gets sold.

Firstly, take a look at the paintwork. If certain rooms are looking tired, then new coats of emulsion can freshen up your house and make it look clean and new. If selling, replace darker colours with more neutral tones. Lighter tones make for brighter rooms. The aim is to turn your property into a ‘universal house’ rather than a more personal ‘home’: People are more likely to buy if they see a ‘blank canvas’ rather than a property bearing the lived in hallmarks of the present occupant.


The plumbing and electrics should be working, and with modern fixtures and fittings: No dripping taps, no loose wires and definitely no toilets that don’t flush. Refurbishing a house with a view to selling it should leave no corner unturned.  A prospective buyer who thinks that the property has been allowed to become run down and would require lots of fixing, is not a good impression to make.  Make sure that cupboard handles and hinges work and are not broken, that floor and wall tiles are not missing, that doors and windows lock. It is the little items that leave a big impression – either good or bad.

Or maybe you wish to refurbish your home for your own benefit? To spruce it up or to de clutter? Make a list of all the jobs that need doing: Removal of furniture, replacing of carpet, redecorating. Think about your budget and how much you have to spend. Will you be mainly clearing furniture from out of your house? Fixing furnishings or appliances or replacing items? Decide on what is most important and then compare costs of different companies in your area. Ask family and friends if they can recommend anyone. But, most importantly  – make sure you do it!

If you are planning to move home soon or looking to refurbish your home for the new year, get in touch with us today.