Improvements – Are They Worth It?
16th February 2016
A recent survey suggests that the average homebuyer spends about u00a34,000 on home improvements within four months of moving. These changes are typically things that had little bearing on the decision whether or not to buy the property, but more about turning a house into a home. u00a0u00a0
nExamples include ripping out a rather dated bathroom suite, changing the light fittings, adding a garden shed, replacing kitchen unit doors and painting the walls a different colour. But how far should a vendor go when deciding what improvements to make before putting the property on the market for sale?u00a0
nWe would of course be happy to advise on this at the same time as providing you with a valuation and marketing plan, but generally speaking properties tend to fall into different categories of condition. Each category appeals to a different sector of the market and the rule of thumb is that if your house is generally very well presented, it is usually worth repairing/updating anything that falls short of the standard of the rest of the house, such as a rotten window frame or shabby carpet.u00a0
nIf however, your house is basically scruffy – don’u0080u0099t be ashamed! It is likely to sell to someone who wants to make improvements, so don’u0080u0099t waste your money on superficial enhancements. When you come to sell, why not ask us for our opinion? We go to great lengths to understand our buyers’u0080u0099 needs and we can help you present your house to reflect these, which could save you money and reduce some of the stress as you prepare for your sale. u00a0