If you’re planning to sell your home DIY may be the last thing on your mind, however, carrying out some simple repairs and touch ups could impact not only how quickly you’re able to sell your property, but also how much you’re offered for it.
The Daily Mail recently offered some tips on what to tackle before you put your house un the market, noting that failing to consider the likes of kerb appeal, clutter and how best to showcase period features could knock thousands off the value of your home.
Simply taking some time to tidy up your front garden, repaint your front door and tidy the hallway can make all the difference, according to interior stylist and blogger Helen Powell.
She also advised homeowners to do all those little DIY jobs that are easy to put off. “While homebuyers won’t necessarily expect everything in your home to be perfect they will be reassured by signs that the house has generally been well cared for and regularly maintained,” Ms Powell told the newspaper.
You might therefore want to buy surface repair products to fix those little scrapes and marks on kitchen surfaces, in the bathroom or elsewhere in your property.
If you have period features in your property, meanwhile, Ms Powell recommends showing them off. She noted that these will usually “add value” so it’s worth retaining them and touching them up if they’re looking a bit tired.
Before you plough on with DIY projects at home though, it’s worth making sure you’re up to the task in case you make a problem worse. When you’re thinking about how difficult a DIY project might be, be honest about your skills and always allow more time than you think to complete a job.