It is essential to realise that whilst the way you love to live in your home may seem very natural to you, however, the same lifestyle may in fact seem out of the ordinary to an interested buyer. So, it is in your best interest to get your house prepared for selling:
1. Only one chance for the FIRST IMPRESSION
First impressions and curb appeal are vital when selling your property, particularly when your house is open for viewings. Tidy up the driveway or foot path, put the bins away, fix up the fence and gate, invest in a new letterbox and house-number and give it an overall ‘inviting feel’. Going above and beyond tidying to repairing any cracks in the wall or concrete, mow the lawn plus getting some new plants or shrubs to make your house look alive and appealing, can easily influence a buyer’s perspective of the value of your property.
2. Clear the CLUTTER
Buyers can be annoyed/distracted/disgusted by even the slightest mess or clutter in the home.
Give it a good spring clean, including the windows and especially remove any dead bugs or cob webs in the corners. Remove any furniture that is overcrowding your house and store it in an appropriate place. You try to achieve open, uncluttered rooms with a ‘spacious feel’ and give room for the buyer’s own imagination of living in this house.
3. Make the best use of LIGHT
A dark home can be off-putting to people who are viewing your property for the first time. Harnessing natural light wherever possible can make your room seem more spacious, so tie up blinds, drapes and curtains to allow light to flow freely. Choose light bulbs of at least 100 watts and also include floor- or spot lamps to lighten up the rooms. Light some perfumed candles in the living area or bathrooms.
4. Make sure your BATHROOM sparkles
Most prospective buyers will forgive a dated bathroom, but very few will forgive a dirty one. Spend some time attending to small repairs, but more importantly, make sure everything is clean. If your budget can stretch to a replace a toilet or sink, you can create a great impression with a relatively low spend. Add some new towels, candles and some greens or flowers to the new look.
5. Give your KITCHEN a makeover
A kitchen is not only a functional space; it is often the hub of your family life. A few minor changes to your kitchen bench-top, taps, cupboard doors and door handles can bring your kitchen into the modern era.
6. BEDROOMS can be the star of the home
Consider an investment in a new matching bed cover set including additional pillows. Easy to get the perfect ‘new look’ by visiting one of the big home ware shops. This investment could give you the WOW factor for every bedroom without to much change in furniture. And de-clutter !
7. Keep it VERSATILE
If you have anything particularly distinctive, like family photos or collective items, it may be a good idea to pack them away. Stick to a few colour schemes and match cushions etc. Less is definitely more when it comes to a great home presentation.