Selling your home: Increase the value affordably

Selling your home: Increase the value affordably

With the appreciated values of residential properties since last year, the Western Cape is at the helm of growth. Cape Town, in particular, has witnessed homes rising in value by an approximate 12.3 percent.
In order to maintain a constant growth in the value of your home, you would need to invest a little. The good news is that increasing the value of your home ultimately does not have to cost you a fortune.

A few simple and affordable changes can make all the difference.

1. On the surface changes

Before investing your finances in significant home improvements, keep in mind that large renovations do not always deliver the best return on investment when you’re selling your home. Rather consider those easy on the pocket aesthetic changes that can significantly make your home more appealing.

2. Spick-and-span

First impressions do count, and a well-maintained, clean house will sell for more than a comparable property that is grimy and untidy. Wash windows, vacuum carpets, drapes and dust thoroughly. Make sure to get rid of any visible mould and mildew. Avoid clutter, a clean, clutter-free environment is always more attractive.

3. Kitchen improvements

The kitchen is still considered the heart of the home. Home buyers usually make way to this room first when they view a home for sale. Your kitchen should be clean, tidy and reasonably updated. Simple and affordable efforts such as; replacing or re-facing cupboard doors and handles, replacing taps with modern ones, changing old light fittings with up-to-date, brighter lights can help  give your kitchen an evident make-over.

4. Bathroom make-over

Aside from the kitchen, bathrooms are often the most important rooms in a house. To reduce cost, avoid changes that involve the services of a plumber. Simple improvements like a new toilet seat and a base sink or replacing lighting and taps can make a big difference to your bathrooms. Also, consider upgrading old and damaged baths, basins, mirrors etc. Replacing old-fashioned built-in cupboards with contemporary freestanding units and re-grouting tiles will no doubt give your bathroom the make-over it needs.

5. Simplicity at its best

Neutral colours and a simple style always evokes elegance. Simplicity is appealing to potential buyers. Most surfaces look better after a coat of white paint.

6. Stick to daily resources

Use everyday materials, in a creative way. For example, instead of using multiple coats of high-gloss paint to make normal wooden doors glossy rather use an affordable piece of zinc or Perspex which can make a perfect kitchen splash back.

7. Revive, don’t replace

Re-carpeting is no doubt expensive! Don’t rip out old floors, getting carpets professionally cleaned up is usually a huge transformation. You can varnish or polish wooden floors.

8. Enhance the exterior

If the exterior looks good it will add to the property’s appearance. Power wash the outer windows and walls. A fresh coat of paint may just do the trick, you can even get a new post box for the front yard, or a front door handle.

9. Landscaping wisely

Clean up your yard, lawn mow, trim etc. You can utilise plants and shrubs to sparse borders and flowers to liven up the view.  An unkept garden or yard can give potential buyers the perception that the rest of the house is just as untidy.

Pam Sorel specialises in residential properties in the Central Southern Suburbs of Cape Town where we sell and rent apartments, cottages, town houses and family homes. Should you wish to list your property, feel free to contact Pam Sorel on 083-226- 6805 or email [email protected] or [email protected]

We understand that your home is not only your castle, but also most likely your most valuable physical asset and as such we will treat it with the upmost respect.