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.
Sometimes it can be awkward to know what to do when you have a prospective buyer looking around your home.
Here are a few pointers to help sell your property.
- Too many introductions are distracting. It is advisable for one person to show the viewer around. Don’t have the whole family trailing behind. This allows the buyer to concentrate on the house.
- Offer the viewers a drink to make them feel welcome.
- Noise distracts the buyer. It is best to turn off radios and televisions.
- Keep pets at a distance. Dogs and cats are a distraction and sometimes a put off. Ideally ask friends or family to look after pets.
- When expecting night viewings turn on any outside lights and have the whole house lit when the time of the appointment nears.
- Never apologise for the appearance of your home. It will only draw attention to something which may otherwise have gone unnoticed.
- Keep valuables out of sight.