Australia’s housing market today is fast-paced and ever-changing. For this reason, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your house is primed to sell for top dollar. Whilst every home is different, in order to increase the overall value of your property, you must first place yourself in the position of the buyer. To do this, consider what features you would look for when buying a new home.

Whether upsizing, downsizing or moving interstate, increasing the value of your home before selling can be easily done without taking away from your profit. A few simple upgrades can be enough to make your home compete with the best in the market.

Make Small Kitchen Upgrades

The kitchen is known to be the heart of the home. You want people to feel they can walk in and entertain straight away. The good news is, you don’t need a full kitchen overhaul to make it look new. Have a look around and see what elements in your kitchen may be outdated or in need of an upgrade.

Stainless steel appliances and a new tap for the sink can make any kitchen feel clean and modern without breaking the bank. Additionally, by fixing any broken cabinet hinges or replacing the old splashback, it will be easy for a new buyer to feel like they could move in and start cooking tomorrow.

A small project like painting or resurfacing kitchen cabinets can do wonders for the overall look of your kitchen.

Keep it Clean & Decluttered

When an interested buyer walks into your home, you want them to envision their day-to-day activities throughout the space. This is hard for buyers to do when each room feels cluttered or untidy, and all they can focus on is scuffed walls or dirty carpets.

It may feel like extra work, but be sure to give your home a thorough clean before each open house and remove any items such as toys or drying racks from each room that don’t serve a purpose. It’s also beneficial to have a professional carpet cleaner come in to remove stains or lingering smells from pets or spills. If it’s in the budget to replace the carpets altogether — even better.

If you have floorboards, sanding and polishing can create a big visual impact and can be done cost effectively. For uninspiring or dated furniture, partial staging is a great option to consider.

Upgrade the Paint

If you decided to paint the walls lime green during a moment of brief frivolity, now is the time to bring the walls back to a neutral colour. By giving your rooms a fresh coat of paint, potential buyers will be able to see a clean canvas for their own tastes, rather than mentally calculating what it will cost to do it themselves.

Another area that might need a paint touch-up is the exterior, such as your home’s facade and window sills. If the paint around the windows is cracked or weather-worn, you can easily put finishing touches on these areas that a buyer will appreciate.

The right coat of paint will brighten your home and bring light into it, turning a slightly tired looking home into an appealing future home for buyers. It’s one of the best things you can do to increase your home’s value and appearance.

Replace Broken Fixtures

Over time you may learn to live with a leaking tap or broken shower head, but these little things are red flags for someone looking to purchase your home. They may begin to wonder what else is damaged that they can’t see on the surface. Take a walk around your home and make a note of any faucets, outlets, and light switches that don’t work correctly, then head to your local hardware store.

A building inspector will find any leaks, water damage, or other faulty fixtures, so it’s best to get them repaired before an inspection. This includes toilets, taps, and under the sinks.

Adjust the Lighting

No one wants their potential new home to feel gloomy and dark when they first walk in. You can make your home feel bright and welcoming by simply replacing any old bulbs and giving a modern upgrade to light fittings that are past their time.

Natural light is also a significant selling factor for houses, so move any furniture that is blocking windows, and replace damaged blinds with ones that will make your windows feel open and sunny on the darkest of days.

Boost Your Curb & Backyard Appeal

Let’s face it — when it comes to the value of a house, first impressions are vital. If it’s not in the budget to re-do your entire landscape, consider hiring a gardener to come in and spruce up the basics — mow the lawns, trim the trees, and get rid of the weeds.

You can even get the entire family involved! Grab your partner or the kids and spend a Saturday in the garden, planting succulents along the walkway or installing a low-maintenance veggie patch.

As you prepare for the sale of your home, remember that a little bit of effort goes a long way. These little touches will add value in the buyer’s eyes, and get your home sold in no time!

And when you’re ready to sell, make sure you get a Home Price Guarantee to be 100% certain your home will sell for a fair price. Brickfloor’s Market Price Guarantee can also be used to extract higher offers from other buyers, making it another simple way to get the best price for your home.