- Top Tips When Selling Your Home
Top Tips for Selling
We have compiled a number of Top Tips to help you sell your home …
1. Increase your property’s ‘kerb
A potential buyer could be put off even before they
have set foot inside your front door if they are given a bad first impression.
You want them to walk up the drive or path already feeling impressed and
excited to see more.
So do what it takes to create that lasting first
impression. Make sure the exterior of your home is up to scratch and if
your front door or fence is looking tired, brighten it up with a lick of paint.
Put up hanging baskets to add colour and if you have a garden plant some bedding
flowers. Move bins out of view and clear away anything unsightly.
2. Spruce up and de-clutter
Making your home attractive to a buyer needn’t mean
an expensive décor overhaul. Chances are it won’t be to the buyer’s taste
anyway and will be replaced as soon as they move in. But you should freshen up
rooms with a neutral lick of paint in warm tones.
Make sure your rooms are clutter-free and as light
and airy as possible. A mirror hung in the hall can give the illusion of space
and a few vases of flowers or some plants can freshen up the house.
A kitchen is a big selling point, so make sure all
the worktops are clear and that it smells fresh and clean. If you do have pets,
ask a relative or friend to look after them while viewings are taking
place. While you love your furry friend, chances are your buyer won’t – or
worse still, they may be allergic.
3. Bear in mind that little things
Don’t forget the detail either. Chances are the
buyer will be nit-picking as they will be looking at a number of properties and
weighing everything up. So get around now to those annoying little maintenance
jobs such as a long overdue light bulb change.
4. Define each room
Buyers need to be able to picture themselves living
in the house so it’s essential that each room is shown off to it highlight its
purpose. If your dining room is full of work papers or exercise equipment
for example, return it to its original purpose. It’s also important to
de-personalise, for example by taking down posters in the kids bedrooms – so the
buyer can see the potential for the house and where they would put their own
5. Stay out of the way!
When potential buyers come to view your property,
let them wander freely around the house with the agent. You want them to feel
comfortable and as though they can spend time looking at each room freely. Be
ready also to answer any questions after the viewing.
6. Make the most of outdoor space
Gardens or any type of outdoor space can be another
great selling point – but an overgrown jungle could see your buyer running
mile. Not only will the space look smaller and ‘forgotten about’, if paying out
for a gardener isn’t in your viewer’s plan or budget, it could completely put
them off the property.