Updated 5 March 2019
If you’re moving, and you’re hoping to sell your home, it’s essential to create a positive first impression. Some buyers know whether or not they want to make an offer in a split second, so you need to wow them from the outset. If you’ve got viewings booked, take these tips on board.
Make sure your home is tidy and clean
There’s nothing more unappealing to a potential buyer than a messy or dirty home. Clutter will make the house look smaller and darker, and unclean surfaces, floors, and walls are a major turn-off. Before you show anybody around, make sure your home is clean and tidy. Clear away clothing, shoes, and anything else that is lying around, and making the place look untidy. Give the kitchen and bathroom a thorough going over, and vacuum the entire house. Use a handheld steamer to freshen up carpets and rugs. In a couple of hours, you can transform your home, and show it off in its best light.
Most people are looking for space when they’re searching for a new home. Maximise the space you have available by clearing surfaces and floors, and opening curtains and blinds. Let the natural light flood into your reception rooms, and make the most of the storage you have available. Avoid stuffing shelves and cabinets with ornaments and frames. If you have patterned wallpaper or painted walls, consider a simple revamp before you sell. Neutral shades provide buyers with a blank canvas, and they can also make rooms appear larger.
Make the exterior of your home look more attractive
For many of us, what’s inside is more important than what’s outside when it comes to buying property. However, some people won’t even set foot in a house that they don’t like the look of from the curb. Even the most charming cottage can be let down by rusty gates, chipped paintwork and broken garage doors. Tend to any basic maintenance jobs before you put your house up for sale, and make an effort to enhance your home’s curb appeal. Adding a couple of window boxes or some planters could make all the difference.
Dress your home for sale
When you’re getting ready for a viewing, think about what a buyer wants to see when they look around a property and dress your home appropriately. Set up the dining table ready for a family dinner, or show off the conservatory by adding a pile of magazines and a vase of fresh flowers to the table. Make the bedrooms comfortable and cosy with rugs, blankets, and cushions. You want to encourage that buyer to envisage themselves living in this house. Simple touches can get them thinking, and make your house appear more homely.
When you’re selling your home, first impressions count for everything. You need to impress prospective buyers straight away or you risk losing out. If you’re preparing for viewings, take these tips on board, and hopefully, it won’t be long until you receive that all-important offer.