The housing market in the UK may not make the news every day, but it remains an important metric which people are using to assess the health of the economy after the financial crisis of 2008. In what is a worrying trend for homeowners, the average house price has decreased by an entire £1000 since the start of the year.
It is particularly bad timing as spring and summer are the busiest times of year for house sales. If you are thinking about selling right now, whether to move into a bigger place to support a growing family, or perhaps downsizing to something more manageable, you should think about exactly how you are going to get as much as you can for your home.
The housing market, at its simplest, is an exercise in human psychology. You need to make your home as appealing to another person as possible. The price that it sells for is a reflection of that. While many other forces, like the economy, have an impact on the value of your home, there are lots of things that you can do yourself to increase it. Here are a few of them:
A lot of people are using the internet now to search for their next dream home. One of the most important things that is going to convince someone to actually buy it is the pictures that you put up. Investing a little more money in quality photographs can be the difference between attracting a potential buyer and them simply scrolling past your ad. It does not cost that much but it is important.
When someone comes to view your house, they are imagining how they would live there. This involves creating a narrative of their life. For them to be able to do this, you should try to make your home as non-personal as you can. Photos of you and your family doing things will make the prospective buyer feel as if they are in someone’s home rather than their future one.
With more and more people becoming environment conscious, a recent study found that homes which have been modified to become more energy efficient can be worth as much as £16,000 more. One way of doing this is investing in double glazed doors and windows. Getting modern windows for your home will not only make it look better, they will reduce energy costs which are set to rise again this year. Another great thing about getting new doors is that you can make the garden more of a feature of the house. It can become like another room, especially if you have garden furniture and a patio heater. Another practical tip to consider is installing insulation in the loft.
Paving over your front garden to make a drive is a good idea, particularly if you live in a city. Many people commute and having a drive is a valuable asset to a house. Finally, make sure that the place is impeccably clean. After going to so much work, it would be a shame if it were ruined by something as easily corrected as dust.
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