Published: 21/05/2019There are many factors that affect the sale of a property; supply and demand, location, demographics and interest rates but what if the heart of the problem is your home?
When selling a home, it’s important to sell the lifestyle aswell as the actual house and space, so here are a few handy tips to give you a sales boost:
The first thing a buyer sees is a home's external appearance, simple improvements such as cleaning the windows, ensuring the hedges and lawn are well manicured and clearing any rubbish in the pathway will add curb appeal.
When you’re expecting viewers, it’s always a good idea to remove or hide personal belongings such as photographs, ornaments and clothes. Creating a neutral space will help the buyer imagine how they can use the space.
- Remove unnecessary clutter, it can distract a potential buyer and make a room feel cramped.
- Clear away coats/clutter in the hallway
- Store away items that aren’t used on a daily basis
- Make sure the kitchen surfaces are cleared of appliances, jars, tins, etc.
A fresh coat of neutral paint, new tiling and a couple of new kitchen doors can do wonders to smarten up a tired-looking property. If you can't stretch to re-tiling in the bathroom, re-grouting should bring it up new. The same effect can be achieved by installing matching chrome fittings; replacing broken light bulbs and re-painting the front door.
It’s essential that the house be spotless so getting industrial cleaners in to really make the place sparkle will be money well-spent; have the carpets, sofa covers, oven and windows cleaned while you're at it. Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms, which need to be inviting and hygienic; finish up with fresh white towels and a strategically placed plant or two.
Finally, the garden is now seen as an additional room, so be sure to make your garden feel like a great space for entertaining and relaxing.
It’s a good idea to clear away all signs of pets living in the property, whether it be leads, feeding bowls or litter trays. Not everyone is a pet lover and prospective buyers may be put off by pet odours and pets being in the property during viewings.
Set the mood
Choose calming, neutral colours to create a natural, inviting and relaxed feel. It’s a good idea to ensure there is plenty of light in the house, whether it’s natural daylight or artificial light, mainly in those dull winter months. Make sure the house is warm and cosy.
Give your property extra tlc by displaying fresh flowers or plants to breathe some life into the space. Scented candles can give the rooms a pleasant and inviting aroma.
Remember, whether your property is priced at £100,000 or £1million, buyer expectations are incredibly high so if you don't try to meet those either you will not sell, or you leave yourself open to be knocked down on price.