If you're trying to sell your home in a competitive real estate market, you might be finding it difficult to make it stand out. Thankfully, there are a few little tips and tactics you can use to both add value to your home AND make it sell faster. Let's have a look at them.

Decorate

A new lick of paint can go a long way, especially on home viewings from potential buyers. Don't try and go too elaborate — keep it simple and clean. You don't need to spend loads on interior design, either. A cheap and cheerful whip round could be enough to add a bit to your home and make it more desirable for buyers.

The two best rooms to target first are the kitchen and bathroom. While these are more expensive to do, they'll add more to your property and are more important to potential buyers.

Re-partition

If you've got interior walls that aren't integral to the structure of your building, you could try re-arranging the room layout to make it more appealing — and valuable. This works especially well upstairs, where you could add an additional bedroom to make your house worth even more.

Convert your garage

Many people don't use their garage anymore, especially if they've got a big driveway. That extra space could be worth much more to you as an additional bedroom or living space than it is a garage. The best thing is, converting a garage isn't expensive like getting an actual extension — you should only need to brick up one end and decorate. It's a great way to add more living space on the cheap.

Re-clad or paint your home

A new lick of paint or new cladding could help make your home look much better from the outside. Often, first impressions are important when trying to sell a home, so the exterior of your property shouldn't be neglected.

Install exterior lighting

Again, the outside of your home is important too, and that's why you should consider new lighting on the front of your property. Not only will it make it look better, it's also a security feature that should add value to your home and impress potential buyers.

Hold an open day

The best way to help your home sell quickly is to invite as many people to look around as possible. A great way to do this is with an open viewing day. Make sure it's well advertised and put out a few drinks and nibbles — you could find yourself with a couple of offers by the end of the day.

Seal your concrete

Unsealed concrete could get affected by weather conditions — especially those on the  driveway — and cost more to fix down the line. It could also be off-putting to new buyers. Make sure you seal your concrete so that people don't notice the cracks. If you’re looking for the best concrete driveway sealer, there are quite a few great options online if you do a bit of research.

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