Add value to your home without breaking the bank

2015-08-27 06:00

ALTHOUGH some factors that add value to your home are out of your control, for example property prices, crime in your area and the interest rate, there are many affordable and easy ways you can enhance the value of your property without having to resort to drastic measures like upsizing or renovating.

Steve van Wyk, Managing Director for Seef, says the most important factor to enhance the value of your home is to ensure that regular maintenance to the property is undertaken at all times,so that there is no impression among potential buyers that your property needs “fixing” by the time you choose to sell it.

“Repair things like roof tiles, leaking taps and gutters and replace bulbs in light fixtures and vanities. Something like an unpainted gutter or a loose tile on the roof can create the perception that there are serious and expensive problems with the home, while, in fact, it will only cost a few hundred rand to fix,” he says.

“Ideally one should have a maintenance plan which is regularly actioned.”

Van Wyk says the following items should also be checked and kept in repair:

•Peeling paint

•Roof leaks

•Cracked tiles

•Cracks in plaster

•Damp

•Leaking toilets

•Broken cupboard latches

•Leaking gutters and broken fascia boards

•Silicone around baths and showers

•Light bulbs

•Cracked windows

“It is also useful to replace outdated fittings from time to time, like upgrading door handles, light switches and light fittings,” he says.

When it comes to your garden, Van Wyk says to keep an eye on the following:

•The condition of the driveway to the home is very important, as this is the first thing that prospective buyers will see. Keep the driveway neat and tidy at all times and consider minor renovations if necessary.

•The pavement in front of the home has to be neat and tidy and free of weed. Lawn that is not mowed creates a very bad impression.

•A well-maintained and colourful garden also adds to the appeal of a property. The garden is a very attractive feature to potential buyers.

•A clean swimming pool with clear water is important.

Van Wyk says to never underestimate the general condition of your home’s paint. One of the most affordable ways to transform your home is with a pot of paint. However, he says it is important to be careful about the paint colour you choose.

Make sure the carpets are clean. Unpleasant smells, especially those of pets, can be detrimental to a home.

Speak to an experienced estate agent before you undertake any serious renovations or upsizing to your home in order to ensure that you don’t overcapitalise for the area that you are living in.

“In many cases it is better to leave renovations to new owners in order for them to personalise it according to their own specific tastes.”

Van Wyk says the following should be kept in mind on show days:

Your major role as a seller is to make your home as attractive as possible to potential buyers on show days and to ensure the necessary time and effort is invested to give yourself the competitive edge that is needed to sell your home when you want, and at the price you want.

Some of the simple things that sellers can do on show days to make their property more attractive besides drastic measures like renovating or upsizing, include:

•Light is very important, so remember to open all your blinds and curtains to let the natural light in. Any decorative or track lighting should also be switched on.

•Ensure that the house is neat and free from clutter.

•Make sure the kitchen countertops are clean, hang fresh towels in the bathroom and get your carpets cleaned.

•The use of mirrors is also encouraged, as the buyer can literally “see” themselves living there.

•If you want to create a homely and cosy feeling on a show day, the smell of a fresh pot of coffee, the scent of flowers and background music are winners.

- Supplied

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