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Top Tips: How to Sell Your Home Effectively

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Preparing your home for viewers, or “staging” as it’s called, is important. The Home Owner's Alliance offers great advice on small changes that can not only ensure your property is sold faster, but can potentially add thousands of pounds to its value


Declutter – but interestingly - don’t depersonalise

  • Get rid of all the excess stuff that has accumulated in every nook and cranny. Put it in storage or give it to a friend
  • Don’t make it look like a generic hotel; leave some personality. Apart from anything else it gives unimaginative buyers suggestions as to what they might do  - but it is important not to overdo this.
  • People are often buying into a lifestyle as much as a property. Show them the attractive side of your lifestyle
  • Consider removing any bulky furniture that makes the room feel small and replacing it with smaller furniture
  • A fresh lick of paint
  • Giving your walls a fresh lick of neutral paint will make your home seem lighter and bigger
  • Create a good first impression – give the front door a new coat of brightly coloured paint


Fix and clean

  • Make any minor repairs necessary – holes in walls, broken door knobs, cracked tiles, torn or threadbare carpets. Many buyers want to move in without making changes, so allow for this
  • Clean everything until it sparkles. Get rid of limescale, clean and repair tile grout, wax wooden floors, get rid of all odours, hang up fresh towels. This will make the place more appealing and allow viewers to imagine living there
  • Tidy up the garden: cut bushes back, clean the patio and furniture of lichen and dirt, and cut the grass. While this doesn’t add much value to your home it makes it more likely to sell as people visualise themselves using the garden


Update the kitchen

  • The kitchen is the most valuable room in a house. It is worth the most per square foot and can make the difference when buyers are unsure
  • Consider refacing your kitchen cabinetry. This is much cheaper than installing new cabinetry and often as effective
  • Upgrading kitchen counter tops is expensive, but can add serious value
  • Declutter the surfaces and take out any bulky appliances
  • Consider upgrading the plumbing fixtures and white goods, but keep in mind that while that could make your property sell faster, you will be unlikely to recoup their full value


Light and airy

  • Wall mirrors make a room look much bigger and lighter. Consider putting some up, especially in smaller rooms or hallways
  • Clean windows inside and out, and replace any broken light bulbs. Making the place feel light and airy makes rooms feel bigger and the property more attractive
  • Ensure that you have lamps on in any dark corners
  • Putting a soft lamp in the bathroom can create a warm glow


Make it look pretty

  • Make sure the windows are properly dressed with blinds or curtains as naked windows make a place feel impersonal and run down. Buy some cheap ones (e.g. from Ikea) if necessary
  • Plants and flowers bring colour, life and light to a room and also smell wonderful. So does that fruit bowl on your kitchen counter


Get the right smells

  • Bad smells are the single biggest turn off for prospective buyers. Don’t just cover them up, fix the source of the smell. Clear drains, wash bins, open windows, air the kitchen from old cooking smells, get rid of furniture that is embedded with cigarette smoke, and wash any grimy bed sheets
  • If you are a smoker, place bowls of vinegar around the house and leave out for three days. Though the vinegar will smell when you open the windows it will disappear quickly taking a most of the stale cigarette smell out with it
  • Conversely, good smells can make a property feel like an alluring home. While it might be impractical to bake fresh bread, cakes or brownies for every viewer that visits your home, you could perhaps brew some fresh coffee


Showing the property

  • You’ll have chosen a good estate agent, so let them show the property
  • It’s their job to know what things to say and what to highlight
  • They are also effective at answering those tricky questions

If you are considering selling your home call us and one of our professional property consultants will be delighted to give you the best advice on achieving the best nett result for you.


Article and quotes taken in part from
http://hoa.org.uk/

Important Information
All property sales and the financial advice that surrounds them are as unique as the people engaging in the transaction. It is important to not make a decision without seeking professional advice. If you want to sell your home and are considering redecorating before marketing, speak to one of our Property Professionals to get the best advice for presenting your home for sale before making any investment.  

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