If you’re looking to sell your home, you’ll want to make sure it looks perfect before you start letting potential buyers take a look around.
But what if you’re lacking the budget? Perhaps you’ve already spent money on making other improvements so your home is ready to sell? Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do for free.
We at Homes to Inspire have come up with our top 6 things you can do to make your house look great without spending a single penny.
1. Keep it tidy
This will always be the number one rule. It can be hard if you have kids or are getting things packed up and ready to move, but having a tidy home makes a huge difference.
If you need to tackle the clutter, take a free weekend and make time to sort out your cupboards and storage spaces. Then you’ll find it much easier to keep on top of all your possessions.
2. Take care of your furnishings
It makes a huge difference if you vacuum under your sofas and tables and chairs. When you’re going round with the vacuum cleaner on a normal day, it can be easy to forget about these areas. But when you’re looking to sell, you need to keep everything spick and span.
3. Get creative
There’s no need to go to your local art gallery and spend thousands on a piece of art. Consider framing your children’s paintings or making artwork out of family photos.
If you’re a dab hand at drawing or painting, why not try creating something yourself? It will make a big difference to a plain room.
4. Appeal to your guests’ sense of smell
Have you noticed that going into a room that smells nice makes it seem a lot better than it really is? Smell is a big factor when it comes to selling a home, so think about the smells you’re creating.
A freshly made pot of coffee is a scent that lots of people find inviting. Or you could use some perfume that you don’t mind using as a room fragrance. Just make sure that you don’t overpower a room, otherwise potential buyers might think you’re hiding a not-so-nice smell.
5. Use natural light to your advantage
If you think that a room is a bit dark, consider placing mirrors in it so they will reflect the natural light. It will make the room brighter and should stop it from feeling so gloomy.
Also try moving furniture to face windows, so buyers can see that you can sit and look out at the daylight.
6. Take it one step at a time
Don’t try to transform your home in one weekend, flitting from room to room. The best way to tackle a home that needs a bit of extra life is to finish one room at a time.
Start off in the room that needs the most improvement. It can be easy to want to leave it until last, but you’re less likely to start it once you’ve done all the easy rooms.
Set aside a weekend to recycle, bin or give away all the items you don’t need in the room then see if you could move around any furniture to give it a new look. If you’ve got spare tins of paint around, you could even spruce it up with a new colour scheme.
It doesn’t have to be difficult to spruce up your home if you’re on a budget. But if you need some more drastic improvements done before you even consider selling your home, it’s best to contact a local pro to see what they can do to help.
About Emily Rivers
Emily is a writer for Quotatis and its network of home improvement sites. She aims to assist readers in achieving their dream homes with décor tips, renewable energy and ways to save money on their energy bills.