Spring is traditionally the time when the property market comes to life with buyers and sellers hoping to make a new start.
With the political and economic uncertainty that is hanging over us, buyers are understandably somewhat nervous and cash-conscious at the moment, so sellers will need to make the best possible impression by preparing their homes ready to sell.
Here are a few ideas to get you started, making your property ready to sell and to stand out from the rest:
Dump the clutter
The reality is that most people have homes filled with clutter but in a buyer’s fantasy, their dream home will be a minimalist haven, worthy of it’s own Instagram feed.
If you want your home to appeal to buyers then it’s time to ditch the junk. You could make a bit of money by selling unwanted items on eBay or at car boot sale, or if you’re feeling generous donate to a charity shop.
However, there’s also necessary clutter that we can’t just get rid of. Things like tea towels, shampoo bottles – yes, it’s life but if you want to make sure your home is ready to sell, then everything that is personal to you should be tidied away. We all have one of those cupboards, right?
Make it magnolia
It may be the dullest colour on the paint chart but it appears that is what appeals to buyers. Whilst hot flamingo pink may be hugely on trend, it’s not going to be to all buyers tastes so it may be worth thinking about a neutral makeover. You may find it boring but an inoffensive house will sell better than a crazy, colourful one.
Stage your rooms
Some buyers will be able to visualise the potential that your home has – it’s the ones that lack imagination that you’ll need to convince. If you have a spare room that you are using as a study/dressing room or if it’s just filled to the brim with junk, clear it out, buy or borrow a bed and stage it as a guest bedroom. Buyers want to feel they’re getting the most out of their money so don’t show them a two-bedroom property when in reality it’s a three-bed.
Send your pets on a holiday
Whilst you may be lucky and find a buyer who is as dog mad as you are, not everyone may be so keen on your furry friend. As a dog owner you may well be immune to the smell of wet dog, but you can be sure your buyers won’t be.
When you’re ready to sell try and get a friend or neighbour to look after your pets whilst you have a viewing. Hide away any toys/food bowls etc that you have lying around. Get the air fresheners out – although don’t overdo this either, or the buyers may question what you are trying to hide!
The above applies too if you’re a smoker – try to keep your habit outside during the selling period if you can.
Judging a book by it’s cover
Some experts suggest that buyers will make up their mind about a property within 30 seconds of seeing it. This may seem very superficial but it’s often true that first impressions can shape our views of something.
Make sure that your front garden is tidied up and free of leaves. Don’t leave bins outside the front of your property (unless there is nowhere else for them to go).
Consider giving your front door a lick of paint if it’s looking a little tired. Some brightly coloured plants in pots can breathe life into a dull exterior.
Take the right photos
Above we’ve mentioned that buyers will decide whether or not they like your home simply by viewing the exterior of the property. But they actually have to come to your home to make that decision so it’s important that the estate agent’s listing is doing it justice.
Using sites such as Rightmove and Zoopla, buyers will scan hundreds of properties before deciding which ones they’d like to view so it’s important to make sure you have the best images that you can once you’re ready to sell your home.
Decluttering as above will help to make your rooms look larger – even temporarily moving some furniture such as coffee tables and rugs can help to give an impression of more space.
Although estate agents are professionals at selling homes they may not always be the most talented of photographers. If you are unhappy with the quality of the photos provided, you don’t have to use them. Either hire a professional or take them yourself – most smartphones these days have excellent cameras that are often as good as the real thing.
The above post does not constitute advice – financial, legal or otherwise. The information within this article is the author’s own opinion and do not necessarily reflect the views of SO Media or So Smart Money.
THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE SECURING OTHER DEBTS AGAINST YOUR HOME. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE.