August 03, 2017
As we all know, moving home can be a stressful experience. If you’re putting your house on the market, it’s natural to want to agree a sale as quickly as possible (and for the best price.)
This is where the old adage ‘Fail to prepare – prepare to fail’ comes to mind. Why? Because it also applies to selling your home - presentation is key if you want to increase your chances of that quick sale.
It’s not just about giving your home ‘kerb appeal.’ It’s about making your home somewhere potential buyers can easily visualise living in themselves.
This is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to this, people have different views, but there are a few simple rules we can follow to improve our chances of that quick sale:
- Try to make sure all the bedrooms are just that - bedrooms - and not storage rooms or home offices
- First impressions count. Ask yourself what is the first thing people will see when they arrive for a viewing? Maybe give the front door a lick of paint and make sure the garden is fresh and tidy
- Try to keep the decor as neutral as possible. It can be hard to visualise living in a room which is painted in bright purple and green stripes!
- De-clutter! (but still keep the ‘lived in’ impression) Try to give the feeling of space
- It’s often said that kitchens sell houses. Make sure it is spotlessly clean and tidy. Show off as much work space as possible on the surfaces
- Make sure the lighting is adequate. This can help give your home a bright and cheerful appearance
- Subject to the weather, open windows and let some fresh air in
- Pets are a difficult one, not everyone loves them. If you can, make sure they are out of the house for viewings and remove bowls, baskets etc.
...... and finally, smile - be friendly and cheerful. Creating a bond with the viewer might just tip the balance.
Good luck and do give me a call for a quote when you’ve agreed that sale. We'll do our best to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible!