Top Tips For Selling Your Home
Thinking about selling your house? Preparing your home for viewers, or ‘staging’ as it’s called, is important. It will not only increase the likelihood that your property is sold faster but can potentially add to its value. Take a look at our top tips to increase the value of your home and sell it more quickly.
1. First impressions count
It’s important to recognise that first impressions are extremely important. Most buyers form their first impressions of a house within seconds. Therefore, it’s recommended to spend time tidying up the outside of the house. Tend to your plants, perhaps even plant more if needed, trim the bushes and get rid of pesky weeds. You might want to consider repainting the front door and make sure your door furniture is looking great. If you have a path leading to your house, make sure it is swept clean and looks tidy. Whilst this doesn’t add much value to your house, it makes it more likely to sell as people can visualise themselves walking up the path to their new home.
2. Spring clean
Cleanliness and tidiness should not be underestimated, so be sure to clean each room from top to bottom. In high impact rooms such as the bathroom and kitchen make sure the surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and focus on the floors, too. A sparkling floor can instantly lift the room and a proper clean will also aid in making your home smell fresh and appealing. In essence, clean everything until it sparkles! Get rid of limescale, clean and repair tile grout, wax wooden floors, get rid of all odours and hang up fresh towels. This will make the property more appealing and allow viewers to imagine living there.
3. Fix it
Aim to make any minor repairs necessary. Have you got a dripping tap, a cracked tile, a torn carpet or a broken door knob? These will send the wrong message to potential buyers. Getting these problems fixed is a good idea before putting your house on the market. Many buyers want to move in without making changes, so bear this in mind!
4. Eliminate clutter but don’t depersonalise
Clutter can make your home seem smaller and disorganised. It also can take attention away from unique attributes of a room. So, it’s important to remove as much clutter as possible without leaving the rooms bare. Try and get rid of the excess stuff that has accumulated in every nook and cranny. Either put it in storage, give it to a friend to keep, or use the opportunity to bin the things you no longer want or need. Consider moving any bulky furniture that makes the room feel small and replacing it with smaller furniture. People need to envisage what the property would look like with all their own furniture in it. Make this easy for them by allowing them to see all the fantastic living space you’re offering. Be careful not to make your property look like a generic hotel; leave some personality. Apart from anything else, it often gives unimaginative buyers suggestions as to what they might do with the space.
5. Keep it neutral
Neutral colours are unlikely to put a buyer off, but bright fuchsia might! Potential buyers walking through your home will want to be able to plan how to put their own stamp on the house without having to remove yours first. If necessary, paint all the walls in your home white. Yes, it may take a few weeks, but it will be worth it! Giving your walls a fresh lick of neutral paint will make your home seem lighter and bigger, whilst enabling viewers to more easily imagine how they would adapt the room to their needs. It will be much easier for the buyers to move in and use the rooms immediately than if the walls were still bright purple or lime green!
6. Update the kitchen
The kitchen is the most valuable room in a house as it is worth the most per square foot and can make the difference when buyers are unsure. Instead of installing new cabinetry, try first refacing your current cabinetry, as this is much cheaper and often as effective. It’s important to note that upgrading your kitchen counter tops may be expensive but can add serious value to the property. You should consider upgrading the plumbing fixtures and white goods to sell your property faster.
7. Keep it light and airy
Wall mirrors can make a room look much bigger and lighter. Consider putting some up, especially in smaller rooms or in the hallway. You should also clean the windows inside and out and replace any broken light bulbs. This will make the property feel light and airy making it more attractive. Try and strategically place some lamps in any dark corners and place a soft lamp in the bathroom to create a warm glow.
8. Make it look pretty
You should make sure the windows are properly dressed with blinds or curtains as naked windows can make a place feel impersonal and run down. These don’t have to cost a fortune (Ikea usually have some that are more than suitable and won’t break the bank!) You should also consider having flowers in some of the rooms. This will not only bring colour and life to a room but will also make it smell great!