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10 Ways to Increase the Value of Your HDB Home Before Selling


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The goal of many HDB property owners is to turn their HDB resale transaction into a big profit and sell it in the shortest amount of time. But it can be difficult to achieve the best possible property price especially if you do not put any time or effort into making your home attractive to buyers.

There is no need to go through major renovations of your home to get a good sale price. Instead, there are numerous ways that can help add value, bit by bit to your home. However, be prepared to spend a little more time and sweat to get it started! Here are the ways to boost the value of your home.

1. Declutter

The last thing a buyer wants to see in the home he is buying is a house full of unnecessary things or furniture cluttering up space. Remember, less is more when it comes to selling your home. The potential buyers of your home should be able to observe the main structure and features of your house without getting distracted by your personal belongings.

This can involve packing up displayed photos, paintings and other knick-knacks. Remove all appliances on tables as well. Personal items reduce the buyer’s ability to imagine themselves in the house. One easy trick is to pack up the things that are smaller than the size of a basketball. When your house is emptied of such assorted items, you will then be able to concentrate on arranging your cupboards, wardrobes and other furniture to appeal to your buyers.

Believe it or not, space is one of the most important selling points of a home.

2. Clean

This may seem like an obvious tip, however, it is also one of the main features that buyers look at when they view your home. Be sure to do a thorough clean-up of your home such that the level of cleanliness can be comparable to that of a high-class hotel.

Clean all windows, furniture and wardrobes, and remember not to miss spots that are not visible like those hidden behind furniture. Get behind the refrigerator and underneath your bed to clean the hidden corners. Heavy and deep cleaning of your home can work wonders as well.

This process is crucial to show your potential buyers that you have cared for your home. A tidy home is a desirable home and it can definitely help you achieve a higher selling price.

3. Organise

After decluttering and cleaning your home, you may want to consider rearranging your furniture such that it creates a sense of space while maintaining the homeliness in your house. They should also be able to estimate the size of the home by just looking around, but do not remove your furniture such that it seems like an empty home. The potential buyers should be able to put themselves in the house.

A neat and clean home will get you the best possible selling price.

4. Repaint

Do not be afraid of repainting your home. This is a professional and easy way to freshen up your home. A fresh coat paint with neutral colours can create a clean and finished look to your home. Do also note that the choice of paint colours can affect the whole look of the house. Make sure you do not get colours that are too bold, like lime green or yellow unless the colour suits other aspects of your house.

Ensure that the colour of paint matches well with your home furnishings and other aspects of your home.

5. Fix all minor household repairs

You may have a spoilt rack, a squeaky door or a leaking tap in your house that you have put off repairing because you thought it was too minor a problem. However, in getting the best possible price for your property, you want to make sure that you get these items repaired. A buyer can bargain for a lower price when they find such minor defects in your house.

You can start by listing all the problems down and getting it fixed accordingly. These items can be easily repaired and tackled.

6. Upgrade the lighting in your home

Lighting can make a huge difference in the presentation of your home as buyers don’t only view homes in the day. A well-lit and bright house appears more spacious, boosting the appearance of your home. No buyer wants to stay in a dark space with no proper lightings. Do consider upgrading the old-fashioned lighting fixtures that your buyer may not appreciate.

A modern and simple light fixture should do the trick. Having energy-efficient light bulbs can also be a plus point to home buyers as it can help them save on electricity costs in the future should they purchase your home.

Lightings can help in creating an atmosphere and raise the appeal of your home, so make sure you work it to your home’s advantage!

7. Upgrade necessary items in your bathroom

You certainly do not want your buyer to see a nice exterior but a run-down and musty bathroom. It is not possible to go through renovating your entire bathroom. You can work on the smaller and less expensive details like replacing your mouldy mirror with a clean and new one, repainting your walls and also replacing old toilet fixtures that are more user-friendly and energy efficient. Cleaning up the floor and wall tiles can also make your toilet look sparkly clean as well.

Remember to also declutter your bathroom and make sure the table surfaces and racks have minimal contents.

8. Upgrade your kitchen

The kitchen is one of the essential communal areas in any house. It is a place where families congregate and spend time together, so you want to make sure that your kitchen is functional and clean. Firstly, make sure all your kitchen appliances are clean and working. Replace any damaged items, be it the countertops or flooring. Additionally, you can also replace door handles or cabinet handles to make the kitchen appear newer and fresher.

The bottom line is to make sure all appliances are working and the kitchen is well-kept and clean.

9. Storage content

Your wardrobes and cabinets make a difference too. Imagine a buyer impressed by your house until he comes across your wardrobe. He opens it and everything — all your “trash” falls out. Do note that some buyers actually check your cabinets out of curiosity.

Hence, remember to arrange and clear the contents of your wardrobe and cabinets. These areas tend to contain all the unnecessary items you do not use or need at all. Consider giving them away to a charity or selling them away. This can also help create more space to store more essential items.

10. Get a home inspection

Sometimes, you are not able to see any problems in your house because you have lived with it for some time. In such a case, it is better to hire a home inspector who will be able to highlight unforeseen issues you would never have expected. Be it minor or major problems, it is still safer to get a professional to inspect your home before attempting to sell your house.

A buyer can walk out of your deal if your house fails the inspection.

Next Step

Get started on your task! Although this list may look extremely tough, try tackling one issue at a time and you will find that it gets easier as more stuff is cleared. You will find that it gets more fulfilling as you see your home transforming into an ideal home. At the end of the day, you know that you have placed your best effort into achieving the highest possible value of your home.

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