Selling house tips: How to maximise the appeal of your home
Selling your home can be rather daunting, even more so if you feel you are emotionally attached to your property or just dying to move into your new place. At times, it can feel as though your house is taking a lifetime to sell, however, there are ways you can speed up the sale and make it more appealing to viewers and potential buyers.
1. First impressions are key
First impressions really do count and if the front of your property isn’t appealing then a potential buyer may be turned before they have even set foot inside. The goal is for a buyer to be excited and impressed as soon as they walk up the drive, path or steps, you want them to be left wanting to see more.
Make sure the exterior of your home is up to scratch and do what it takes to create a lasting first impression. If your front door or fence is looking tired, simply brighten it up with a lick of paint – you don’t need to spend a fortune and go buy everything brand new. To your front garden, add some hanging baskets for a splash of colour. Move any bins away out of view and anything else unsightly.
2. De-cluttering is key number two
A survey recently found that on average, 28% of viewing time is spent focusing on clutter and mess. That is precious time that potential buyers should be thinking about the layout of their new potential home, envisaging their own touch and themselves living in the property.
You don’t need an expensive makeover and complete décor overhaul to you’re your home appealing to buyers. The likelihood is that they have already got their own décor scheme planned and will change things anyway, so simply fresh up rooms with a neutral lick of paint in warm tones. This will help them to envisage their own touch on the place better.
Ensure that each room is clutter-free and as airy as possible, mess will distract a buyer and they will find it hard to imagine their own touch. A mirror in the hallway can give the illusion of space and something as simple as a few vases of flowers or plants around the place can freshen up the house.
The kitchen is one of the main offenders for clutter but is also a huge selling point. Triple check that all of the worktops are clear and that it smells fresh and clean.
3. Don’t forget the little details
A house is the most expensive investment you’ll ever make and you will see a lot of it so you can forgive buyers for being fussy. They’re likely to have seen a number of properties and will be weighing them up against each other. Address any annoying maintenance jobs you have been avoiding such as that stiff bathroom lock or long overdue light bulb change.
4. Define each room
It’s important that buyers can envisage themselves living in the house, thus it’s essential that each room is shown off it highlight its particular purpose.
For example, your dining room may be full of work papers or exercise equipment, masking its original purpose so be sure to return it to its original state so viewers know this.
5. Depersonalise the place
Another thing that makes it difficult for buyers to be able to imagine their own touch on the place and where they would put their own items is an abundance of personal items.
A recent survey revealed that house hunters regularly made eye contact with photographs during viewings, thus as precious as those photos and memories may be, they can be awfully distracting for viewers. Replace one or two photographs with a simple picture, or take them down all together so buyers aren’t distracted. Similarly, take down any posters in the kid’s bedrooms so viewers can see the full potential of the house.
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 items.