Most buyers form an opinion within the first 15 seconds on entering a property. There are affordable improvements you can make to your home that will significantly enhance the buyer's experience.
Years of busy family life, entertaining and general wear and tear is more easily noticed by someone entering a property for the first time. However, preparing your property for sale doesn’t need to be expensive.
The exterior of your home is the first view buyers have of your property; a freshly cut lawn, scrubbed path or driveway, trimmed hedges and an inviting entrance will help create a positive first impression.
Here are a few suggestions and tips to help maximise the selling potential of your home:
Sensitively repair or remove tired or broken fixtures and fittings and attend to any small DIY jobs. Sometimes it’s as much about what does not get noticed as what does. Tend to broken door knobs, cracked tiles, kitchen cupboards and anything else that can be easily repaired.
Regardless of the time of year give your property a thorough spring clean. Tackle lime-scale build up, heavy staining and any grotty grouting around your kitchen and bathroom tiles. If they look old and worn, then renew your sink and bath seals.
Declutter where possible to avoid your home appearing smaller than it is. When we visit to take photographs this will make all the difference and we can always visit over two days if you need to move boxed up items from one part of the property to another in order to accommodate the photography. If you have outgrown your home you could consider temporary storage. If your property is tenanted, perhaps offer your tenant a day’s free rent for making an extra effort to tidy and better organise the property in readiness for our photography.
This is something we’re sure everyone has heard before but it can help. Avoid any strong smells being present when people are viewing your home. Cooking, smoke and pet related odours may be off putting to some people. Cat or dog hair may even cause an allergic reaction, and with it the potential to lose a could-be buyer, so a quick vac around the house to pick up any loose hair is a good idea.
Too often people worry about removing all trace of personalisation; however give this a little more thought as many buyers want to experience that all important “I could live here” feeling so a homely feel is a good thing.
Collectively these can create a feel good factor, help with odours and direct more light around a room.
Partial redecoration to some rooms is certainly worth considering, especially if one area in particular is overdue a fresh lick of paint, maybe the hallway? If you can do this yourself, it’s simply a case of time and buying the materials. Why not look at the front door too as this will most certainly help to create a good first impression – newly painted front door, plant pots or a hanging basket? If you feel unable to undertake any redecoration there will be plenty of decorators happy to help. Small jobs such as these needn’t be overly expensive. We can recommend suitable contractors.
In the winter keep it warm, in the summer keep it cool. You want prospective buyers to feel comfortable when viewing your property; not left shivering to the bone or in danger of overheating. If the property is vacant set the heating/cooling system accordingly.
If you have a shed use it. Clear everything from the garden to make it neat and tidy. Remove potential hazards, such as panes of glass or loose bricks and paving slabs, the last thing you want is a personal injury claim. If the garden is overgrown and out of control, use the services of a local gardener to give it a general overhaul.
Allow your buyer to picture themselves in residence and show each room to highlight its purpose. If your dining room is full of work papers or exercise equipment, return it to its original purpose for viewings.