I’m Laura Leyshon and I’m Las Palmas’ resident property expert. I work for RE/MAX Cony Overseas, one of the city’s oldest estate agencies and the first RE/MAX office to open in Europe. Cony Overseas has an excellent local reputation and has helped hundreds of foreign buyers and sellers in Las Palmas and all over Gran […]
If you’re selling a Gran Canaria property, you want to get the best possible price. Maybe you are considering a new bathroom or kitchen to boost its value.
Let me stop you right there!
If you put in a new bathroom or kitchen just before you sell, you’ll get 65% of your investment back at most.
The truth is that it’s hardly ever worth spending money on home improvements before you sell.
This is especially true in Gran Canaria where your buyer could be Canarian, Spanish or from one of 50 other countries. Tastes vary, and your idea of a perfect new bathroom might be the first thing your buyer wants to change.
Instead of making major changes to your property before selling, spend some money doing these two things.
Give your property a thorough clean
Give your entire house a deep, top to bottom clean. Or pay a professional company to do it for you.
Then declutter: Remove all non-essential decor and furniture, and all personal items like photographs.
A clean, clutter-free home looks bigger and more inviting and allows potential buyers to imagine themselves living in the space.
Fix all the small problems
That tap that drips The cracked tiles by the front door. The patch of damp in the bedroom.
When buyers see small problems in a property, they start to worry. They wonder what other problems it has that they can’t see. And they offer less money just in case there are hidden issues.
So, get busy and fix all the minor problems in your home before your agent brings any buyers to view it. That way, you give buyers one less reason to worry, and increase your chances of getting a good offer.
First impressions count and a clean, clutter-free property in perfect condition makes buyers feel at home.
Happy buyers make better offers and that can easily make you thousands of euros more than you spent on cleaning and minor repairs.
Selling a Gran Canaria property?
I’m Laura and I’m a British estate agent living and working in Gran Canaria. I work for one of the island’s top estate agencies and am always available for a chat if you have any questions about selling your Gran Canaria property. Just give me a call or send me an email.