If you’re selling your property, then you want to get the best price for it. You know how good it is from living there but in a couple of minutes how your property can make the best impression? Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your property – to get it sold fast and potentially add thousands of pounds to its value.
It goes without saying that you would tidy up before people come to see your house, but it’s also a good idea to declutter as well. People need to be able to imagine what it will look like if they were to live in it, where their things would go. You can put your things into storage in the meantime, which will save time when you move out anyway.
Spruce up with fresh paint
I know, I know, you’re leaving, why paint now? But the time and money invested in giving the walls a new lick of paint will make all the difference. Use a neutral color which will make your home seem lighter and bigger and enable potential buyers to see how they would adapt the rooms to their needs. It will also be easier for the buyers to move in and use the rooms immediately than if the walls were still bright orange or turquoise. Don’t forget about the front door either, a new coat of brightly colored paint will make the perfect first impression.
If there are any minor repairs such as holes in walls, broken door knobs, cracked tiles or torn carpets, get them fixed. It makes moving in for the new owners far more comfortable and less stressful if they know there’s no added pressure and jobs to do when they get in there.
Clean and sparkly
Don’t just clean it, deep clean everything until it sparkles. Get rid of limescale, clean and repair tile grout, wax wooden floors, get rid of all odors and hang up fresh towels. This will make the place more appealing and will allow people to imagine living there themselves.
Don’t forget the garden
Cut bushes back, clean the patio and furniture and cut the grass.
Update the kitchen
The kitchen is the most valuable room in a house. It is worth the most per square foot and can make the difference when buyers are unsure. If you can touch it up by refacing your kitchen cabinetry and upgrading kitchen countertops, you can add serious value to the property.
Make sure you declutter the surfaces in the kitchen and leave a bowl of fruit out.
Wall mirrors make a room look much bigger and lighter. Consider putting some up, especially in smaller rooms or hallways. Clean the windows inside and out, and replace any broken light bulbs.
If you need some inspiration go and view properties for sale to see from the buyer’s perspective what would make you want to buy a place – what little touches are you impressed by? What negatives do you notice that the sellers think are hidden? Have a good look round and take note of everything to make sure yours is the most attractive on the market.