Whether you frequently renovate homes to generate profit for business or are looking to do so in order to give your home the best chance of selling, knowing how to get started on an old property can often be a minefield. When it comes to getting to grips with the mindset of potential buyers, one tip to remember is that first impressions really count, so to guarantee that second viewing, it’s all about achieving the ‘wow factor’ as well as making those crucial functional adjustments.

If you’re new to renovating, you may find that taking on projects isn’t as simple as you may have expected, which is why we have put together a brief guide on how to accomplish a property renovation project.

Here are a few helpful hints on renovating a property with the intention to sell:

1. Designing the space

If you have a complete re-design in mind, it’s probably best to seek the help of a professional architect who is used to deciding where walls should be knocked out to achieve an open-plan design or with the intention of extending. It may take a few months to come up with a plan that you’re completely happy with, but the results should be far more efficient in comparison to the original layout.

Architects and builders can be costly, but one way to reduce your spend would be to invest in a Metropix visualization tool, which allows you to draw up your own plans for your ideal floor layout. Or, if you would prefer, you can simply send over accurate measurements of your proposed plans and a professional team will carry out the drawing work for you.

2. Restoring original features

Many buyers are interested in the original features that an old property may possess, as they can add a sense of character to an otherwise bland room. If you have previously covered up these assets to achieve a more modern design, it may be worth stripping back all of your amendments to showcase the traditional beauty of the property.

In some cases, the original features may not be in great condition, so a little bit of time and patience may be needed to restore them back to their former glory. In worst case scenarios, a complete replacement may be necessary, yet should still incorporate that original period feel.

Look for original features within the property such as the likes of:

  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Fireplaces
  • Staircases
  • Timber beams
  • Flooring

3. Giving the property an exterior makeover 

The exterior of the property doesn’t always require a great deal of work, but if it has been left unoccupied for several years, there is a high likelihood that some aspects will need care. Pay attention to the likes of roofing, cladding, window treatments and paintwork which are very small jobs, but can instantly transform a run-down building into a highly sought-after property.

4. Making the home eco-friendly

  • Many old properties are now being altered with eco-friendliness in mind to become far more economical for the new buyer. The intention is to minimise the amount of heat being produced and maximise efficiency within the home. When it comes to making adjustments, it would be wise to draught-proof wherever possible, add both wall and loft insulations, as well as upgrading the boiler and heating facilities.