When selling your home preparation and empathy are the keys. When a purchaser likes a property they will start to imagine living there.
Here are just a few hints to help you get the best possible price for your property:
- First impressions are vital. The exterior of your property is the first thing a prospective buyer sees. If the front door is filthy and surrounded by overflowing rubbish bins, then buyers won’t bother.
- A good tidy up will instantly make rooms appear more spacious. This is particularly true in the kitchen, so remove as many items as possible off work surfaces.
- If you’re mad about books and magazines, make sure that they are all neatly arranged on shelves. If they are stacked in piles on the floor box them up. The more you can get off the floor the better.
- Too many pictures will also reduce a sense of space. Remove at least 75%, and wash away any dust marks on the wall.
- Kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, so make these a priority for any decorating. Repaint shabby walls or woodwork, and invest in new flooring if yours is in a bad way. Unless your fittings are truly awful, don’t spend money on new ones.
- Make sure the windows and mirrors are clean, and if the view isn’t too good, then consider putting up some pretty muslin curtains.
- It might seem obvious, but make the beds and pull back the curtains. Where necessary put out fresh towels, and open a few windows to air the room.
- Put your home on display. Prepare your home as if you were expecting guests – fresh flowers can make all the difference.
- Don’t forget the garden. Be sure that lawns are well trimmed, keep the gardens neat. A tidy garden looks great viewed from a window and also looks bigger than an unkempt one.