Want to increase your chances of selling your home before the end of the year?
It’s all about first impressions. Making sure your home is in great shape for photographs which will be shared not only on our own website, but on social media and property websites like Rightmove and Zoopla too. Not to mention when prospective buyers visit your property for the first time, it’s all about that elusive kerb appeal after all. So how do you make sure your home is appealing to buyers?
Decluttering your home instantly makes your space looks bigger, cleaner and is much more appealing to prospective buyers. It allows them to visualise themselves living in your home, with their things all around them, which is ultimately what you want them to be able to do.
Are your rooms fit for purpose
If your home is marketed as having four bedrooms, you need to make sure there are four bedrooms for people to view, rather than three bedrooms and a study or playroom where possible. Or perhaps your listing states you have two reception rooms, make sure in that case that there really are two reception rooms and not an extra bedroom. It all comes back to them being able to visualise themselves living in your home and making the space work for them.
If you’ve been putting off those niggly little DIY jobs around the home, now is the time to do them. Things like filling cracks and holes, re-grouting or sealing the bathroom and removing limescale from the taps in the kitchen all help towards that all important first impression.
Keep the garden tidy
Your front garden is the first thing that a potential buyer will see, so make sure what they do see count by keeping it tidy and looking at its best. You’ll find lots of potential buyers do a drive past visit to your home before they ask to view it, if it isn’t looking at its best, they will simply drive away and not arrange that viewing.
Equally, your back garden could just seal the deal for a buyer and an impressive outdoor space could set your home apart from the rest. So make sure you keep on top of the grass cutting, cut down any overhanging trees and bushes, get rid of weeds and repair any broken gates and fence panels and perhaps even give things a lick of paint or varnish if the weather permits.
See Your Home Through Their Eyes
Lastly, ask yourself what you would want to see when you arrive at your home. Is it dying plants in a pot next to a battered front door, or is it a burst of colour from a few cheap but pretty plants and a front door with a bright lick of paint? Is it a dark and dull kitchen, or is it one with good lighting and clean and tidy surfaces creating the illusion of space? If you have very particular tastes, try toning them down slightly by using plain bedding and putting your ornaments in storage for viewings and photos. Even a few small and inexpensive tweaks will help your home become more attractive to potential buyers.
Looking to sell your home? Contact us on 0330 223 0670 for your free no obligation valuation or find your local agent on our website.