Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Is Your Home Fit for the Market? Is Your Home Fit for the Market? It's Often Said That the Kitchen and Bathroom Are the Rooms Most Likely to Sell a Property, So How Do You Improve Yours on a Budget?

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Is Your Home Fit for the Market? Is Your Home Fit for the Market? It's Often Said That the Kitchen and Bathroom Are the Rooms Most Likely to Sell a Property, So How Do You Improve Yours on a Budget?

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SO you've decided to sell your home. But you're a little anxious about what you shopuld do to attracty buyers.

First of all, ask your estate agent what he or she recommends. They're in the business of buying and selling and should be able to offer advice tailored to you and to your property.

Take a look around your home. Try to have an objective eye and imagine you are thinking about buying it. What needs to be changed to make it more attractive? A few, inexpensive changes can make a big difference.

If your kitchen units have seen better days and you don't want to go to the expense and hassle of replacing them, give them an instant makeover by changing the doors and drawer fronts.

This will transform the kitchen and needn't be too expensive - B&Q (www.diy.com), for example, has a big range of affordable unit doors and drawer fronts, many available in store.

If the units aren't standard sizes or you want a more affordable option, simply paint the doors and drawer fronts to give them a new look, or glue thin MDF to the front to change the style and then paint them.

Cluttered kitchens aren't a selling point. If lack of worktop space is a problem, think about how you can make what you have go further.

Use microwave brackets to get your microwave off the worktop, or fit nice wall shelves to declutter the worktop. In a small kitchen, a hinged wall-hung table will give you more work space and somewhere to eat. If your kitchen has highish ceilings and you're happy to change the wall units, tall ones provide extra storage.

Failing that, stack attractive baskets or boxes on top of the existing wall units to make the most of the space, but don't store anything heavy up there.

Somewhere to shower is essential for most buyers and if your bathroom doesn't have a shower, it may be letting you down.

There's an inexpensive answer - replace the bath taps with bath-shower mixer taps, which are bath taps with a shower hose and head. …

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