It is just over a week before August ends. It’s time to return to school, to work… and the return of many buyers who resume their search for the perfect home. Autumn is one of the best seasons to sell your home in Torrevieja, and if you want it to stand out among the others, you may be considering renovating your home. Renovating your home not only increases its value, but also the possibilities of a quick and easy sale.
A renovation well done can revalue your home up to 15%, but what are the best changes to make in your home? If you want to know, we tell you in this article.
Paint the walls and fix small faults.
We have already said many times that the first impression is what counts, especially when selling a house. Even if you don’t want to get into a more complex reform, give a new coat of paint to the walls and ceilings, as well as fix small things like doors and windows that do not open well, or any imperfection that needs to be explained to the possible buyer. Likewise, fixing the floors, especially if the house is old, is a simple change that can greatly improve the appearance of the house.
These are basic and fairly simple changes that we would recommend to anyone who wants to sell their home, as it will greatly improve the conditions of the sale. Likewise, we recommend applying the principles of home staging, which we already talked about in this post.
Renovate the kitchen and bathroom.
The bathroom and kitchen are two of the rooms the buyer notices the most when buying a house.
Although the renovation of the kitchen is an expensive change, with an average of € 5,000 with medium qualities, it is also one of the renovations give more value to the house. Nowadays, open plan designs are very sought after, and spacious and bright kitchens are trending, so opening the kitchen to the living room in a total or partial way can be a good option that also helps gain some square meters.
On the other hand, the renovation of the bathroom can go from something as simple as changing the tiles, to completely renovate the toilets, and it is best to look for a trending design in neutral and light tones, as well as the maximum use of space. A new bathroom gives the potential buyer a feeling of cleanliness that may be the push they need to decide to buy the house.
Install home automation systems.
Home automation, or turning the house into a smart home, is not a renovation that many people consider because of its high perceived value. However, thanks to the advance of wi-fi devices, it’s possible to install some home automation systems such as thermostat controllers, smart locks or plug adapters that can be turned off remotely for less than 100 euros.
Buying and installing some of these devices can add value to the house, without having to embark on a complex wiring project that requires a huge investment.
Improve energy efficiency.
Sustainable housing has multiple advantages: It is not only better for the planet, but also better for the pocket, since the annual savings on electricity and water bills can be important.
Changing the boiler for a more efficient one, or installing presence detectors in the rooms so that the light turns off automatically when there is no one, are two changes that do not cost as much as one can imagine, and help reduce the energy expenditure of the house.
You can also change the windows for ones that isolate cold, heat, and outside noise, which in a city with plenty of tourists like Torrevieja can be a very good selling point.
Also, remember that the energy certificate is a mandatory document to sell the home, so the potential buyer will know exactly what score you have.
Redistribution of the house.
Finally, if you really want to give your home a modern look, consider a redistribution of the walls of the house; removing partitions, eliminating corridors and unifying spaces are complex reforms, but they greatly revalue the house.
Of course, redistribution depends a lot on the spaces available. For example, if the house has three bedrooms, but only one bathroom, it will earn a lot if a second is added.
Although closing the terrace could go into this type of renovation, in a place like Torrevieja we do not recommend it, since many people buy holiday apartments and want a terrace to enjoy the good weather.
For such a renovation, it is better to have the help of professionals, who will ensure that the reform is safe and meets all the requirements to obtain the necessary Certificate of Habitability to sell the home.