What do home buyers look for in a house?
Selling a home isn’t an easy process, we concede that. However, things don’t have to be difficult and you may feel like it’s taking forever, though by following some of our tips on what home buyers look for, it doesn’t have to be that way.
So, just what features do home buyers look for?
Recently, it was found that a study revealed some 95% of house hunters first look out the window to check out the view and the surrounding the neighbourhood. With this, it’s a good idea to make sure that the glass and window ledges are sparkling clean. A dust and a polish will take no more than ten minutes and will help to make a lasting impression on viewers.
The majority of house hunters are also interested in double glazing with three quarters of those looking for a home listing it as an essential feature. Secure windows are also, perhaps unsurprisingly, deemed an essential so make sure that any unreliable locks are fixed and you know the location for all keys to their respective window.
In terms of the view, if home hunters are surveying the garden from the window, you want it to look tidy. Britons are obsessed with the property market and we’re a nation becoming increasingly obsessed with gardening, particularly during the summer months. When showing your home to viewers, you can use the garden as a selling point without even having to show them round. By making it presentable from afar, viewers will spot the garden from the window and should be instantly impressed. Though, you don’t have to spend a fortune to do this. Simply trim the lawn and tidy up any weeds to make it look presentable. Then, add some plats to flower beds and adorn a few hanging baskets here and there to add pops of colour to your outdoor space. This can be do for as little as £20 and will help to make the world of difference.
Going back inside, research has also revealed that some 75% of home hunters surveyed are interested in distinctive features such as original fireplaces and various other period details. So, if you house does have any special features, use them to your advantage and show them at their best. If they need a dust, polish or varnish then be sure to do so. At times, it may be even worth getting them restored depending on cost. If it will help to wow viewers, then it will help to boost the value of your home meaning you’re likely to sell faster and for a better price.
Though, whilst period features are attractive to many, house hunters still want modern amenities. Central heating is considered a must by the majority of those looking for a new home so if your house does have central heating, be sure to reiterate this to viewers. Elsewhere in terms of blocking heat, cavity wall insulation is also something that almost half of home hunters are interested in, so point this out.
On the other hand, nearly three quarters pay attention to the ceiling to judge the height of a room when scanning the surroundings of their prospective new home. Hence, it’s a good idea to grab a broom and clear away any dust or cobwebs before viewers arrive. Whilst this won’t add any value to your property, it will help to impress viewers and increase the likelihood of a sale.