Contribution from freelance writer Jennifer Alley
Staged homes will sell for 17% more on average than non-staged ones and 95% sell in 11 days or less. If you are planning to sell your home in Hua Hin, one of the most sought-after property areas in Thailand, preparing it decreases the amount of time it spends on the market and increases its final price. Making your outdoor space attractive also enhances its appeal to potential buyers
Clean and declutter
Cleaning up your home’s exterior and garden is a good start so that you can see where improvements are needed. Rake leaves, mow, weed, and remove twigs and branches. Remove clutter from your yard and improve lighting.
Other ways to prep your home include hosing down exterior walls and windows to remove dirt and unsightly mold. Check the roof for leaks or missing tiles and clean gutters. Clogged gutters cause damage to roofs and the exterior of your house. In tropical areas such as Hua Hin, cleaning gutters regularly prevents water from accumulating that can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, roaches and bugs that, in turn, cause diseases/outbreaks such as the dreaded dengue fever.
Fix, replace or update
If you have a house made of wood, the high humidity, precipitation, and seaside air in Hua Hin are likely going to damage the exterior. Replace slabs of wood that may be rotting and treat them. For concrete walls, inspect if there are no cracks and patch them. Repair pathways and stairs leading to the house.
Check your fences to see if the walls are not falling apart. Make sure that your gate is securely hinged and is easy to open and close. If you don’t have a privacy fence, invest in one. It is the 5th exterior home improvement that can boost resale value.
Updating your landscape also enhances value of your property and a well-landscaped home increases its value from 5.5% to 12.7%. Add blooms and healthy potted plants at the entrance or along the pathway to give your home a cheerful look.
Look at current popular features and consider adding them
This may include minor upgrades such as ceiling fans, a dishwasher, flyscreens, or something a bit more serious (and seriously popular these days) such as an outdoor kitchen/BBQ area. This needn’t be as expensive as you may think and gives a real wow factor and focus to property viewers, there is some great info on this concept here:
Paint your exterior in neutral colors
A fresh coating of paint is the easiest and an inexpensive way to spruce up your exterior. For an investment of $1,406 (THB43,982), the increase in value is $2,176 (THB68,076) according to the Homegain 2012 National Home Improvement Survey. Paint your fence, gate, walls, pathways, and front door.
Remember, you are selling your property and are not going to live in it anymore. But, first impressions count and in this case, your home’s curb appeal encourages clients to go inside. If they like what they see outside, they are more likely to check if the interior is as good if not better than the exterior.