House selling tips – What you need to know
When you’re considering selling your house there are ways to make that potential purchase go quicker and more smoothly than you might expect. All it takes is a bit of thought and time. Here’s our house selling tips to make your home irresistible to any punters. After all, there is plenty of research which shows a potential buyer will make their mind up within 20 seconds of entering your home, whether or not it’s the right one for them.
First impressions are essential. What a shame if your home is let down by a garden lawn that needs mowing, or a flower bed which could do with a good weeding. If you don’t have the time yourself it would definitely be worth hiring the services of a gardener or handyman. And on that note, a freshly-painted front door can really impress (consider framing it with two smart tubs and shrubbery from the local garden centre). While we’re on the subject of kerbs, if possible make sure there’s a space for viewers to park their car near your home. Having to park around the corner out of site, or half a mile away is absolutely not going to endear them to your property.
This is one of our favourite house selling tips. We all accumulate so much stuff these days that you can be sure all viewers of your property will want to know how much of their own possessions they’ll be able to store away out of sight. So declutter as much as you can prior to putting your home on the market. If you really can’t face throwing old heirlooms out then put them in a suitcase and store them away in the garage of a family member or friend until the viewings are over. Another big benefit of clearing out is that your rooms will look larger.
It’s important not to tidy away too much so that your home lacks any character or even looks as if no-one actually lives there. Viewers will want to imagine themselves living in your home so give them some props to help them along. This could involve setting the table prior to their arrival, placing vases of flowers throughout the rooms, draping a colourful throw over your sofa, strategically placing a pile of magazines or books on a coffee table etc. See the Cork furniture range for an example on how to present your house.
Add an extension
If your view of selling your home is long-term, and you can afford the financial outlay, then getting an extension built on is a sure way to increase the value of your property. This could be a case of extending the kitchen, for instance, or adding on an extra bedroom. It could even be converting the loft into an office or a playroom.
Buy new curtains, cushions and throws if you feel the existing ones are rather worn through or faded. Yes, you won’t get the benefits of them (unless you’re planning on taking them with you to your new home), but a small investment such as this could mean the difference between selling and not selling your property. Again, it’s about helping the viewer to see how nice it would be for them to live in your home. In the same way, changing the light fittings could also work wonders.