Top Tips To Follow When Selling Your Home
You may be considering selling your property this year; this may be due to negative reasons like the loss of job, divorce, death or needing to down size to save money. Equally it can be for more positive reasons such as new job, wanting more living space for the growing family or moving in with a new partner.
But before putting your house on the market, weigh up the options would improvements or extending your property meet your needs? Obviously if you are moving because you need to be in a different county/country, then this option isn’t going to suit you. But making home improvements can be a cost effective way of gaining additional living space if this is what you are after.
However if home improvements aren’t going to work for your circumstances and you have decided it’s time to put up the for sale board, that’s good news as Spring is traditionally the best time to sell your property.
With Spring here we wanted to share some top tips that will help you sell your property. These tips won’t necessarily add value, but they will help in the selling process.
Staging your home for the open market will help ensure your property stands out from other properties and is sold quickly.
Let’s set the stage & clench the deal…..
1. Make your home sparkle –
Time to put on the marigolds, pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms, these rooms need to be inviting and hygienic.
It’s worth taking the time to wash carpets, curtains and other soft furnishings especially if you are including these in the sell.
Don’t forget your windows and frames; they say the windows are the eyes of a home so make sure they are sparkling.
A good Spring clean in every room will make all the difference!
2. De Clutter –
Make the most of de cluttering it will open up rooms and give the feeling of space. Also if you have a good clear out before you move you won’t be paying the removal company to move things you don’t actually need in your new pad.
Buyers will open everything! So don’t try and hide things in wardrobes and cupboards have a good clear out. You don’t want to give the impression there is a lack of storage space. Self-storage containers are a useful tool for the seller, they inexpensive and convenient. Consider storing some items whilst you are marketing your house.
3. Exterior –
Just like the interior of the property the outside areas need to be made to look its best. A general tidy up is required weed the beds and pathways, keep hedges trimmed, water potted plants, mow and edge the lawns.
A lick of paint to the front door, fencing, shed etc. gives the overall well maintained look we are trying to achieve.
If you have a carport give this a good clean make sure it is swept and clear of any obstacles so the car can be parked easily. On viewing days make sure there is somewhere for buyers to park easily.
Fix any damaged fencing, broken gates, slipped roof tiles etc.
4. De-personalise –
Removing a certain amount of personal items like the children’s art work and family photos, this will help a potential buyer see a blank canvas rather than your home. It’s important they can imagine themselves living there and not be distracted by your possessions.
5. Four legged friends –
Not everyone likes animals and some are allergic to them so it’s best that your four legged friends are not around for the viewings. The same goes for pet lovers they will not get distracted and will be able to concentrate on with viewing rather than making friends with your pet.
6. Lighting –
Make sure that all the rooms in your home are well lit. Use lamps in dark corners and add under cupboard lights in the kitchen if you don’t already have them.
Mirrors help reflect light and make rooms look bigger this tip works well in hallways and smaller rooms considering adding some to help improve these spaces.
Use scented candles for evening viewings to create a warm and inviting welcome.
If you have an open fire use it on cold days or on chilly evenings, it’s another way to make the room welcoming. If the fire place isn’t in use make sure it is clean, arrange a collection of candles and pine cones to decorate this space.
7. Make it look pretty –
Use displays of fresh flowers around the home to add colour and life into a room, also a delicious smell if they are scented.
Might sound obvious but make the beds and make sure the dirt washing is in the basket and not dropped on the bedroom or bathroom floor.
8. Odour’s –
No one likes bad smells this is one of the biggest turn offs to a buyer, so don’t try and mask bad smells tackle them. Clear out drains, get rid of smelly shoes, empty bins, and use scented candles around the house.
Make sure the rooms are well ventilated, leave windows open on warm days.
Good smells like freshly baked bread, cookies and fresh coffee are all positives.
9. Hallways –
This is the first room the viewer will enter this space should be light airy and clear of clutter. The last thing you want is the viewer fighting their way through the coat rack to get into the property.
Make sure this area is looking its best as mentioned earlier mirrors help create light and make rooms look bigger so add a mirror if you don’t already have one.
10. Viewings –
Ensure your estate agent is available to do all the viewings, after all that is what they are paid to do! Their role is to highlight the properties good points and play down the negatives if there are any.