It’s a buyer’s market. There are thousands of available properties across Ghana at various price points and in different styles. Now online real estate search portals like meQasa.com make it even easier for home seekers to find great property options. You are trying to find someone who will want to buy yours at your listed price and you are in steep competition. In order to increase your chances of making that big sale, it is important to think of the value of your home and how you can improve it to justify your asking price. Buyers (and renters) are looking for a new home that is functional and attractive.
The good news is – there are several great things you can do rather quickly so that you can be ready when interested home seekers want to take a look at your property. Here are 5 tips to increase your home’s value.
- Have an inspection done: Sometimes there is more work to be done than what meets the eye. Just as you take your car in to get looked at and visit the doctor to make sure you have a clean bill of health, the same is needed for your house. Hire a professional inspector to come and take a close and careful look at things like electrical wiring, the roof and if there are any pest or rodent infestations, or water leakages that can cause problems and affect your home’s value. Make repairs where necessary and keep the report to show potential buyer’s how much you put into the home’s upkeep.
- Paint: A fresh coat of paint does wonders for any home. All of a sudden the home looks
brighter, more welcoming and brand new again. Painting luckily doesn’t cost too much and, yet, boosts the value of your home immensely. Do keep in mind that it is best to stick to more neutral colours as they tend to be more appealing to most potential buyers.
- Clean and Clear: This may seem like a no-brainer but it is quite important and impacts the value of your home. First impressions count, so make sure your home is spick and span always during the selling period. This is the time to break out the scrubbing brushes and ceiling brooms and make the place shine. You can also hire a professional company to come in and make sure every little corner is dust-free. Also keep clutter to a minimum with anything that is in boxes, neatly arranged so that potential buyers can come in and imagine themselves and their stuff in the space. Open the windows to let in fresh air so the house always smells neutral and clean.
- Low maintenance landscaping: Even before a potential buyer enters the actual building they would have walked through your gate and gardens. What it looks like on the outside will already help them to start forming an impression on whether this is a place they would purchase. Landscaping can get pricey but you should invest in some basics to increase the property’s value. Make sure any compound pavement or brick pathways are well laid, even and clear. Any grass should be kept low, hedges and shrubs nicely shaped and weeds done away with. You can buy a few plants and flowers as well to add colour and appeal.
- Kitchen and Bathroom Upgrades: These are higher ticket upgrades but ones that are certain to
reap rewards. The kitchen and bathroom are two of the most important rooms in a house that potential buyers look at first. You don’t have to break the bank but at the very least take care of the very basics, like ensuring that the kitchen sink is not leaky or the counter tops are not badly marked. In the bathrooms, the toilet should not be stained, floor tiling should be intact and shiny and additions like a vanity mirror are well appreciated.
Trying to sell (or rent) your home is not an easy feat and all the things you have to do to up your chances can be overwhelming. These property improvements are likely to bring you high interest in your home and big returns. Just breathe, attack them one at a time, and good luck! Once you are all set, you can post your property online to find serious home seekers and sell (or rent) your house faster.