If you want to move on to a new property, selling your home for the desired price can prove to be a trickier task than a lot of people first realise. When you’re in the middle of selling, it can be a very stressful situation, trying to get everything running smoothly without disappointments or setbacks.
Here are some brilliant tips that are very useful to know if you are planning on putting your house on the market.
Update your space.
Many people can make mistakes when trying to prepare their house for a viewing. Some might leave a home completely untouched, which can mean the house still has personal accents that other people might not like. A featured wall you loved five years ago might not be modern enough and could put somebody off. If a buyer sees your property as a huge task to make appealing afterwards, they’ll be less likely to buy it.
Instead, go back to basics yet make it inviting and stylish. Some homes can look too bare and as if no one has ever lived there, making it look cold. To avoid this, add a few accessories such as wall art, comfy pillows and rugs to give a room more personality and flare. Remember, people have to imagine themselves living here and they won’t be able to do this if a space looks like an unrealistic showroom.
Clean up your space.
If you don’t have the budget to redecorate, make sure your property is absolutely spotless before you have any viewings.
A cluttered back bedroom could put many potential buyers off, even if you don’t spend much time in there yourself. Clearing away unused desks or wardrobes in a room could help advertise it as a useful space for sellers, instead of a place just for junk.
Make sure you pay a lot of attention to your lounge or living area, since it’s a room people spend a lot of time in. If your carpet is old and looking a little rugged, hire a carpet cleaner to make it look as good as new or do it yourself if it’s a small job.
If you have any pets in your home, make sure someone can look after them during a viewing so that there is no risk of hair on furniture. Some people might not like animals or might even be allergic, which can put them off a property massively. Make sure your property is clean, tidy and good enough for someone to move into right away.
Update your outdoor area.
Why not make a brilliant first impression by putting some lovely flower pots on either side of your door for a colourful welcome? Better yet, it’s a great idea to paint your front door a bright colour or even add a pretty flower wreath to hang up.
For a wonderful garden atmosphere, add some wooden chairs and a small table to make it the perfect summer environment. If your property has a back or front garden, make sure you take advantage of this selling point by sprucing it up with colour and décor.
Consider your audience.
There are many different types of property on the market and you have to have a think about what type of seller will suit yours. If you have a city apartment with two bedrooms, you might want to turn the second bedroom into a stylish workplace that will suit young professionals who are constantly on the go.
On the other hand, if you have a three bedroom house, it might be a great idea to show one of the rooms as a nursery which could hit all the right notes with families looking for a home to bring their children up in. If a viewer can picture themselves in your home straight away, they could be sold on the idea alone.
Take into consideration the time of year when you are selling.
It’s a great idea to prepare your house based off what time of year it is. For example, if you are selling in the Spring or Summer, make sure you swap heavy curtains for lightweight ones or blinds that will let lots of light into the room and give off a relaxed, airy atmosphere.
If you are selling in the winter, make sure you put the heating on before viewers arrive and place some warm throws or cushions on the sofa and candles on a coffee table to make it cosy and inviting.
For any time of year, flowers are an excellent way to bring beauty and colour into a room with little effort. Research which flowers are in bloom when you are planning to sell and include them in different rooms.
Only include high quality photography.
Who can imagine living in a home if the pictures shown as grainy or out of focus? You need to show the rooms for what they really are and include some wide angle shots to showcase a wonderful space. If the lighting is correctly and the shots are professionally done, people will be drawn to your property.
If the shots aren’t of high quality, it could even make your property look like it’s been up for sale for a very long time. This could put off potential buyers if the pictures look out of date plus they’d be wondering why your property hasn’t sold yet.
Make sure you get your property valued.
To ensure your property is valued correctly, it’s a great idea to get a invite some Estate Agents to have a look around so you know where you stand when it comes to price.
You could accidentally undervalue your house, meaning you don’t get the best deal.
Once you have established an acceptable figure, you can start planning your next step when it comes to choosing an Estate Agents and agreeing on different plans to go forwards.
Make sure your dates are carefully planned out.
You and your estate agent will need to understand your current position when selling your property. This includes when you are available to move out so that there aren’t any complications thrown into the mix.
If a buyer has moved out of their old place yet you aren’t ready to, this can create a lot of unnecessary problems. Make sure that you have regular conversations with your estate agent on how the process is moving along so you are never left in the dark about updates.