When it comes to selling a property, every homeowner wants a smooth sale for the best possible price. With the property market being so volatile, this is often easier said than done, and sellers need to do everything they can to make their home stand out.
If you are considering putting your property on the market, then you might already know some of the old tricks such a baking bread before a viewing and putting out flowers to compliment your home. However, there are many more ways you can get your house market-ready and really show off the very best of what it has to offer.
Read on for our top tips on how to present your house for sale.
Keep It Natural And Neutral
Your home is going to be decorated in a way that suits you, and if that happens to be bold feature walls or loud floral wallpaper, then it could be time to consider redecorating. Before you list your home for sale and invite prospective buyers in to look around, give your walls a fresh lick of paint and opt for something light and neutral.
Off-whites, beige and even grey might not be to your taste but choosing quiet and inoffensive colours will be more attractive to buyers. Those coming to view your home will appreciate a room that won’t require redecorating as soon as they move in, so try to pick shades that anyone would be happy to live with.
Lighter shades can open up the space and give the feeling that a room is bigger than it truly is, so bear this in mind when choosing your neutral tones.
Show Off The Potential
Buyers often lack imagination when it comes to viewing properties, and it can be easy for the potential of your home to go a miss if it isn’t made immediately obvious. If one of your bedrooms is currently used as a storage or junk room, then viewers can be quick to dismiss that space and not see it for its full potential.
Clear out the junk and show it off as an impressive guest bedroom so that buyers will immediately be able to see the room for what it really is, without having to use their imagination.
This trick works for all spaces in your property. If your garage, study or conservatory is not being used to its full potential, then have a clear-out and rethink it in a way that buyers will want to see.
First Impressions Are Vital
It has been said that buyers will make a decision about a property in the first 30 seconds, so when it comes to selling your home, first impressions really do count. Make sure the front of your house is well-kept by weeding the garden, cutting the grass and sweeping pathways. Give your front door a fresh coat of paint and get your windows cleaned.
Inside your home, ensure the first area you see is clutter-free and well presented. If you have a hallway or porch, then remove all coats, shoes and bags as they can make the space feel small, dark and narrow.
If your property has an off-street parking space such as a driveway, then move your car and allow potential buyers to park there so that they can really feel the benefits of it themselves.
Have A Real Clear Out
It isn’t just your junk room that needs clearing to show its full potential, you should declutter every area of your home before you present it for sale. Whilst your holiday souvenirs, picture frames and kids’ toys work for you, they are not things that potential buyers want to see. Clear out as much clutter as possible to make your home feel open, fresh and clean.
Everyday items such as shampoo bottles and tea towels should be stored out of sight so always have a final tidy up before each viewing arrives.
Always make your bed perfectly before a viewing, think ironed covers and plumped pillows to give that hotel feel. Although buyers aren’t buying your bed and furniture, the idea is to make the room as appealing as possible.
Focus On Light
Lighting is the key to really showing off a property’s features as it can be used to highlight the good aspects and move the emphasis away from the less impressive aspects. By maximising the feeling of light and space in your home you can instantly make it more appealing and even add value. Replace any heavy curtains with lightweight blinds or shutters and remove any net curtains to really let the light come in.
Declutter your windowsills and ensure there is nothing blocking the light into the room. Change your standard light shade to a statement chandelier or a contemporary light feature to effortlessly raise the tone of the room.
Choose high-voltage light bulbs throughout your home as they can help your space look bright and cheery even on the dullest of days.
Make Your Photos Stand Out
When buyers are on the hunt for their dream home, they will see thousands of property photos before even deciding what is worth going to view. Getting your pictures right can help get potential buyers in the door to see what your home has to offer in person.
Before the photos are taken, have a big clear out and remove all clutter to make rooms look large and spacious. It can be worth temporarily removing anything that isn’t necessary just for the photos, such as pictures and rugs. However, it is wise to keep a distinguishing feature in one or two of your photos, so that they stick in the mind of the viewer while they are scrolling through their other property options. Ideally, this could be something brightly coloured like a bright lampshade or artwork.
Many estate agents do not focus their time and effort on taking good property photos, and just take a few snaps on a mobile phone. If this is the case, consider getting a professional in to take some impressive photos, or do them yourself and take time and care in getting them just right.