Selling Your Home – Our Guide to Saving and Making Money
With ‘For Sale’ signs becoming a much more regular sight the country-over and with the housing market looking to improve, there is likely to be a lot of competition when it comes to selling your home. Truthfully, if you’re looking to sell then you may have to be prepared to improve the appearance of your home, in order to make it more desirable to prospective buyers.
If your rainy day-fund is not as looking as healthy as you wish it was, then the prospect of spending to sell may not be as enticing as it could be. Luckily, there are ways that you can save money when selling your home, which don’t involve a drastic drain on your bank balance, and as scary as some of them may be, they could potentially allow you to invest the money you need into improving the desirability and value of your home.
A Lick of Paint Goes a Long Way
If you have the capital, then forking out for an extension, even something as small as adding a conservatory to your home can vastly improve the value of your house. Fortunately, if you don’t have an emergency pot of money saved up, then making even the smallest of changes, such as touching up the paintwork or spending the odd weekend adding plants to your garden are a positive step.
Remember to opt for a neutral colour scheme if you choose to touch up your paintwork, as much as you might love that feature wall, the colours may not suit everyone. By painting the walls white, it will allow people to imagine the changes they could implement, to make this their home.
It’s important to make the house desirable to all senses, add flowers around your home, or plug in air fresheners to mask those nasty paint fumes once you’re done.
Private Sales or Estate Agent?
You could go down the route of avoiding the traditional method of selling your home via a pricey estate agent, which means you will also avoid their notoriously high fees, by opting to go down the private route of selling your home. This no-frills means of selling your property means that you avoid all of the expensive add-ons the high street sneak in.
By organising your own viewings, photographs and the like, you could save yourself thousands, as these companies don’t take such a hefty chunk of your final sale price. If you don’t fancy going down the private route, then it is worth using tools such as this calculator from The House Network, which will allow you to see just how much an estate agent could save you compared to other estate agents.
Tools like this are such an easy way of finding comparing savings, to find out just who is offering you the best option and only takes a few seconds to fill in. You will also be able to see what your savings will be in each of their different packages too – it’s always nice to have options.
These are just a few ideas to try help save and make money when it comes to selling your home, but there are plenty of other ideas out there too. It’s about finding out what works for you.