Ask a Favour First and
foremost, ask a trusted friend to inspect your home as a buyer would and
request they highlight any flaws in the presentation. Some can be overcome with
minimal effort and cost, whilst it may not be feasible to attend others. This
tip will help you identify possible areas of improvement in areas listed below.
De-clutter A house filled to
the brim is a major turn off for any buyer, and it makes rooms look much
smaller. Empty each room of non-essential items and have a few non intrusive
accessories dotted around the house. Also remove personal items, such as
photographs, prized collections and children’s paintings. These distract
potential buyers as well as making it harder for them to imagine the property
as their own.
Clean All your de-cluttering will be wasted if the house is not clean. A clean
house shows you take pride in your house and look after it, which will reassure
the potential buyer that your home has been taken care of and is a sound
investment. Thoroughly clean your home when it goes on the market and keep
dusting, hoovering and washing daily to keep it in top condition.
Update Although this may
mean spending money on a property that you will not be staying in, a dated home
is much harder to sell. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most important rooms
when it comes to updating. One out of four people say a well designed bathroom
is on the top of their wish list, with kitchens not far behind. If these rooms look tired then there are a number of quick fix’s you can do. In the
kitchen, simply replace or paint the cupboard doors, doorknobs, handles and
bathroom can be easily revitalized with new taps, shower curtain and
Lighting Prior to property
inspections ensure that there is plenty of light, have curtains and blinds
pulled open. Also using lamps instead of over head lights can create a softer
and more relaxed ambiance.
Use Focal Points You may have
strong, bold tastes but these don’t suit everyone and can scare buyers off. Research shows that most buyers prefer natural and earthy tones. To add life to a room without over-doing it, have a focal
point; for example a wall of patterned wallpaper or bright cushions and
Repair Finish off all
those on going DIY projects you been working on and if anything is broken fix
it! It's embarrassing to have a potential buyer test something and find that it doesn't work!
Rooms Give each room a
purpose or function, this allows buyers to see the full potential of the
Appeal to the Senses Make sure buyers
are not put off by your food tastes! Don’t cook any strong smelling meals
before a viewing, for example fish. Baking bread, or freshly made coffee are
said to create very welcoming aromas. If you have a pet, keep it outside or
even ask someone else to look after it, and make sure there are no animal
smells. Don’t mask smells with air fresheners, instead open windows and place fresh flowers around the property.
the Outside The outside of
your home is the first impression a buyer will have, so make sure it’s a
positive one. Tidy up the garden, clear out the gutters, clean your windows and
give the outside a lick of paint. If you lack green fingers, plant pots are an
easy way to add colour to your garden.