A Guide to Refurbishing Your House for A Quick Sale

If you have a run-down house that you need to sell fast, you must consider refurbishing it first. Generally, taking on a refurbishing project is the best way to reinstate your property’s appeal and value. The cost of refurbishing is often lower than building the house from scratch. Even then, you must have a plan first before you begin to ensure that you’re able to complete the project satisfactorily without straying.

Here are the steps to refurbishing your property for a quick sale:

  1. Make Preparations

Using your network of family and friends, identify an ideal builder or architect. If possible, also get a projectmanager. At this point, you must decide how much you’re willing to spend. Therefore, make a budget that you can stick to, carefully taking into account the structural work and working out costs for each room to see if you can afford it. You’ll do well to set aside at least 10 percent of the budget as contingency to cater for unforeseen costs.

  1. Assess the condition of the building and stabilize it

This is the first stage of refurbishing your property. You need to have a clear picture of the problems you are intending to fix. You can consider doing a measured survey that offers your accurate plans as well as a condition survey that gives a report on various issues like infestation, damp or even subsidence.

  1. Create a great design

It’s worth taking time to generate a design of the finished property to be sure that it will meet your needs. If you’re introducing major changes to the house, think about how they will transform the original design seamlessly. While at it, ensure that you introduce as much natural light as possible. Light has the power to transform space.

  1. Apply for consent

With all your plans well laid out, you need to identify the stages of your refurbishing  thatrequire statutory consent. You may need several permissions depending on the nature of your refurbishment project. Therefore, since you are not an expert, liaise with your architect to guide you through this minefield.

  1. Knock down what you don’t need and clear the site

You need to secure the site. Thus, carry out risk assessment and method statement that includes handling of hazardous waste. Remember, if you’re working with contractors, they will need site insurance.

  1. Start major building renovation work

Once you have laid all the groundwork, you can now begin the major work. Act appropriately to protect parts of the building that may be vulnerable to damage. At this point, be sure to incorporate damp proof measures as well as new insulation. You’ll do well to get an independent expert to look out for any damp and offer an appropriate solution.

  1. Make the building weather tight

It’s important to get your property to be weather tight in readiness for various stages that require a dry building such as electrics, joinery and plastering. Get the right roof coverings as well as other associated flashings and weather seals.

  1. Begin the first fix

If you’re making changes to the internal layout of your house, it is at this state that point that you introduce stud walls and introduce door linings, staircases as well as sills. This is usually followed by installation of cables and pipes for hot and cold water, electrics, gas, waste drainage, phones and internet into the floors as well as ceilings and walls.

  1. Line the ceilings and lay the floor

Here, ceilings will now be boarded to bring cables through into place according to the lighting plan.At this point you can plaster the walls and ceilings and begin to get a sense of the size of the rooms.

  1. Begin the second fix

This is the most exciting stage even though it can also be the frustrating because it takes a long time. Most of the installations will be done at this stage. This includes power points in the walls, lighting in the ceilings as well as appliances and sanitary ware.

With all these processes done and dusted, you now need to consider introducing décor. This is the icing on the cake. Proper style of décor is the first selling point of your house. Potential buyers will always be attracted to a house that has a great design and décor to complete it. At this point you can now engage a trusted house buying firm to help you sell your house fast.