When it comes to selling your home, there’s always a strange, mixed bunch of emotions – we’re excited for pastures new, relieved to have finally taken the steps to make such a momentous decision, nervous about whether or not you’ll get your asking price and even a little sad to be moving on.
But selling your house can also be hugely overwhelming…so roll up those sleeves: there’s so much to do before you sign your name on that dotted line and close your old front door for the last time. Here we’re going to focus on how you can help potential buyers see that your old home could be their new one and exactly what they’re looking for.
Have you heard of home staging? If your property is empty or sparsely furnished, it may be a factor in the lack of sale or finding that potential tenant. Home staging is where experts furnish and dress the property with stylish furniture, accessories and window dressings etc which in turn, helps potential buyers/tenants see exactly what the property has to offer, and it really maximises it’s potential too! If you want to find out more about Home Staging, then check out this website. And don’t worry about the cost of home staging, most property owners find that it pays for itself with the increased price or offer they receive!
Seeing an old washing machine or old sofa on a dry, scrubbed lawn doesn’t exactly make people want to go inside and have a look around! While the exterior of your property, probably isn’t as extreme as the example – you mustn’t ever underestimate the power of kerb appeal!
If your fence or garden gate has seen better days, then now is the time to repair, repaint or replace them. The same goes for your front door. Try to add a splash of colour with some hanging baskets – you don’t have to be green fingered either – just head to a local supermarket or nursery and buy a few planters. Make any potential buyer excited to find out what else is in store as they approach the threshold.
Take a step back!
I know it’s difficult, but there’s nothing worse than the current owner of a property hanging around while prospective buyers/tenants visit with an agent. Be on hand to answer any questions as they leave of course, but don’t follow them. This will put pressure on them to leave rather than buy!
Tidy and De-clutter
It sounds obvious but shoving all those knick-knacks in the cupboard and hoping no one will find all those dirty socks under the bed in the hope that no one will see them, is a little naïve! Make sure the house is spick and span before you let anyone view it. If you haven’t decluttered in a while, then now is the time! Just keep in mind that any potential buyers/tenants will always want to see clean, clear spaces and lines.