1. Start Outside. Boost your curb appeal
All potential buyers start outside the house and walk into the house. So, what it looks like on the outside is vital for first impressions. A lot of buyers will do ‘drive bys’ and if the house doesn’t look appealing from the outside, they won’t even book an appointment to go and view the property.
Start by standing outside your house and think of ways that you can boost its curb appeal. Trim your shrubs, weed your flower beds, mow the lawn, fix any peeling paint and keep the path clear. Just adding a few potted plants by the entrance of the property can make a big difference.
2. Clean, clean, clean!
Potential buyers will scrutinise your house. A deep clean of your home is so important to create a clean and fresh feeling.
Remember to dust those skirting boards and light fixings. Hoover, polish sweep, mop and wipe! Don’t forget about your appliances. An oven and microwave you can’t see into is very off putting. A sticky fridge or hob equally so. Get rid of those can’t reach cobwebs and bleach the back grout in the bathroom.
Let the light through the windows and clean the windows inside and out. Push back the curtains to let as much light in as possible. Add floor or table lamps to areas that are dim. A bright, cheery room looks bigger and more inviting.
Less is definitely more when it comes to selling your house.
You want to create a feeling of space so remove any unnecessary or oversized pieces of furniture. Keep sides clutter free, tidy up inside cupboards and wardrobes. People will look inside cupboards to see what storage space you have so make sure things are tidy inside and don’t come tumbling down on your potential buyer. If cupboards are filled to the brim people won’t think you have enough storage.
It’s an excuse for a good clear out, have a car boot sale for things you find that aren’t necessary any more or consider putting it temporarily in storage. Once you have de cluttered keep it tidy. Don’t keep a messy stack of papers in the corner or a heap of shoes in the entrance hallway. Not only will the lack of clutter help sell your home faster, but it will also make moving day easier!