Top tips for successfully selling your home this spring/summer
They say you should never judge a book by its cover; however, when it comes to the property market, first impressions really do count. The property market is at its busiest every spring/summer; therefore, here are some of our top tips to secure that all-important sale at a time when impressing estate agents and prospective buyers is of the utmost importance.
Approach your home with a critical eye
Put yourself in the shoes of your prospective buyer by walking around each room and thinking about whether you like what you see enough to put in an offer. It is important to be completely honest with yourself and make a list of any changes you feel need to be made before you call the estate agent.
Consider your prospective buyers
Are your prospective buyers single or do they have a large family? Does your home feel as though it would be suitable for them? If you own a large family home, think about how you can tailor the space so that people will feel as though this would be a safe environment in which to raise their children. This may mean incorporating a soft rug, or taking out a few pieces of furniture to ensure the space feels light, airy and spacious.
Beneath your feet
If your carpet is looking a little worn, laying a new carpet in a neutral shade is likely to be worth your time. Alternatively, if it is looking OK but could do with a clean, investing in a professional cleaning service will help you to ensure your floor is looking its best in time for your viewings.
Your house should look like a home; however, keeping overly-personal effects to a minimum will help your potential buyers to imagine their own lives within the space. Keep your photograph frames out, but replace the images with a generic landscape or floral design. This should prompt your potential buyers to start visualising their own family pictures decorating the mantelpiece.
Remove the clutter
Decluttering before your own big move is always a good idea, as it means you will have fewer things to pack, transport and unpack in your new home, and completing this process before your estate agent comes round to take photographs of your home will result in a more aesthetically appealing listing. As tempting as it may be to throw everything into a cupboard and hope your potential buyers do not open the door, you will feel much better knowing your home looks as spacious and pristine as possible.
It’s all in the accessories
There is a reason property companies put so much effort into their show homes, considering even the smallest details. A fresh bunch of flowers, selection of muffins on the kitchen counter and a few interior design magazines scattered on a coffee table can boost the homely feel of a space immeasurably. If you are going to light a few candles, make sure the scents are as simple as possible - we recommend a warming vanilla or something fresh and citrusy.
All lit up
Ensuring each room feels as light and welcoming as possible should be one of your central goals. Having your windows cleaned can help to introduce more natural light, while investing in some slightly brighter light bulbs can help to eradicate any sense of dullness from a space.
The comfort factor
Your aim is to make your home look as inviting as possible, and plush cushions, cosy throws and perfectly pulled-back curtains will help you to achieve this all-important ambience. It is the little things, such as ensuring that every bed is well made with a selection of cushions and a nicely-folded blanket, that can make all the difference in the minds of your potential buyers. Make sure you do not undermine your efforts by leaving any dishes in the sink or your laundry basket in the hallway!
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