For many people, a house is the largest investment they will ever make in their lives. The initial deposit, the weekly mortgage payments, the ongoing care and maintenance – all these add up to a long-term commitment and development. Therefore when it finally comes time to sell, it’s only natural that you will want to gain the biggest possible return from all your effort and expense.

Of course, market values and demand are the biggest influence on the value of any property, but there are a number of things you can do in order to boost its desirability and push the price up just that much higher. You also don’t want to shortchange yourself by having small, fixable problems that devalue the overall price. Therefore running through a quick checklist of tips for basic maintenance is a great way to ensure you are maximising the value of your property when selling a house.

Exterior

The external appearance is the first impression your property will make on potential buyers. If it looks clean and tidy, they will assume it has been loved and well cared for inside and out.

  • Ensure the gardens are tidy and trimmed, and if possible invest in tasteful plants leading up to the front door. Pleasant greenery makes people feel good.
  • Get rid of any rubbish on the property, or keep it neatly in the bins. Likewise, the garage and carport can be magnets for mess, so you might want to pay these areas special attention. It’s fine for it to look occupied, but not occupied by a hoarder.
  • Ensure windows and spouting are clear and in good condition.
  • A fresh paint job can breathe new life into a tired or run down property. Painting services can be expensive, but they add a huge feeling of care and maintenance to a house.

Interior

Although the first impression is made by the outside, it’s important that this continues throughout the house. There are many little changes you can make to keep opinions favourable.

  • Check the lights all work, replacing bulbs if necessary. On the open day, select which lights to leave on in order to best show the house.
  • If it’s during the cooler months, it’s a good idea to heat up the house. A frigid interior temperature will be a major turn off to people looking during winter.
  • Perform small maintenance to plaster, paint and wallpaper. Small touch-ups can make a huge difference.
  • Vacuum the carpets and place nice pictures and cut flowers throughout the rooms. You want to create an atmosphere that invites prospective buyers to live there.
  • In the bathroom, make sure all the mirrors and fixtures are cleaned and polished, with all the taps working. Mould can be a major problem in these areas and a huge warning sign for those looking for a healthy home, so invest in some mould-busting cleaners.
  • In the kitchen, make sure all the appliances are spick and span. Clean floors and get into all those nooks and crannies to get rid of built-up dust and dirt.
  • Your biggest aim should be to create a feeling of being lived in but in a careful and immaculate way. On the one hand, being too clinical and clean will make the house feel like a cold display model, but on the other being too messy can give the impression of lack of care. Work to create the right balance between the two.

With these tips, you put your property in the best possible position to command the maximum price.