Making Your Home Appealing to Potential Buyers
Selling your home can be difficult, but with these tips you’ll have offers coming in in no time at all.
Once your home is on the market, you’re not going to want it to stay there for too long. For some home owners though, their property can languish on the market for months, even years. Whether you’re about to put your home up for sale or you’ve been struggling for a long time to generate any interest in your property, help is at hand. In this guide, you’ll find out everything you need to know about getting potential buyers through the door and selling your home.
Before you do anything else, think about the kerb appeal of your home – in other words, what it looks like from the street. You may have spend thousands fitting a new kitchen or building a conservatory, but if your guttering is broken and your driveway is full of weeds, no one is going to make it past the front door.
So give the front of your home just as much love as you would the inside. Make sure that your windows and front door are in good condition, fix any leaky guttering or broken roof tiles, and keep your front garden tidy. It doesn’t take a long time, but a quick re-vamp will make the world of difference.
A Decorating Facelift
If the décor in your home is past its best, it will put off potential buyers. We all want to make our money go further right now, and the less we have to do to a property the better. So get rid of your garish wallpaper and patterned carpets and replace them with plain walls and neutral flooring.
If your kitchen is desperately out of date but you can’t afford to replace it completely, just give the unit doors a lick of paint. It’s amazing what some light, welcoming colours can do to a room – making it look much more inviting to buyers.
Little trinkets and mementos are what makes a house a home – but when you’re selling, your property needs to be a blank canvas. If your mantelpiece is groaning with family photographs, put those away when people come to view your property, placing a vase of flowers there instead. The same goes for countless photographs in the staircase or hall – replace those with art prints instead. If you have plenty of keepsakes from your travels on display, only keep one or two out. The result? Your house will feel tidy, but not soulless.
Keep it Clean and Tidy
It may seem like stating the obvious, but your home needs to be clean and tidy if you are going to impress during a viewing. Empty any overflowing bins, give any visible surfaces a dust and run the hoover around before any potential buyers arrive. Remember that your home is going to be totally scrutinised, so don’t be tempted to just shove things like dirty washing into the nearest cupboard. After all, you never know which doors are going to be opened.
You’ll be Sure to Sell Quickly
If you haven’t put your house on the market already, make sure that you take these tips on board and give your house a revamp before you do. If you are struggling to sell your home quickly – then you know what you need to do to get started! A lot of these transformations can be done quickly and cheaply, so you shouldn’t find yourself out of pocket. Once potential buyers come flooding through your door, you’ll be able to start looking forward to a future in your new home.
Martin Gibbon is the Director of Balgores Estate Agents. Martin has been working in the industry since the mid 80’s, and when he is not selling properties, Martin enjoys spending time with his wife and children, fishing and supporting West Ham.