Looking to secure a quick sale at a good price? Then be proactive, don’t leave everything to your estate agent. You wouldn’t sell a car without giving it a good wash or valet first would you, so why put your property on the market without ensuring its presentation is 100%?
By putting things in place before you enlist your estate agent, you could prevent your property from lingering on the market for the next few months. Use the following tips as a guideline to get started…
Clean it up! Others peoples dirt is one of the biggest turn offs for potential buyers. Spring clean from top to bottom, really get stuck in and remove all the mould and cobwebs. If you don’t like cleaning, then hire someone who does!
Don’t forget the windows! Thoroughly clean all windows until they sparkle. Remove any nets and let the light flood in, not only will the rooms seem brighter but the space will appear bigger too.
Look up! Every viewer does. Ensure all ceilings are cobweb free, cracks filled and painted and any damage properly repaired. Dust or vacuum all light fittings and replace blown light bulbs.
What’s your number? Can your house name or number be seen from the road, do you even have one? Prevent your viewers from missing out your property by putting up a clearly visible sign.
Stop being a drip! Fix the things you’ve tended to ignore. Dripping taps, squeaky floorboards, broken door bells, all give viewers a negative impression. Set aside a day to complete all those unfinished jobs, or hire a DIY expert.
Not seen, not heard. Give your pets and children away…just for the day! You may love your dog and kids but your viewers may not. Without children (& pets), your property will seem larger, quieter and in some cases less smelly! A stress free viewing experience will make a sale more likely.
Gosh a garage? A place to park the car or bike is a rarity in a number of areas and a major selling point for some. A tidy garage can really stick in the mind…when did you last see one? Park the car on the drive and clear out the garage for others to appreciate its potential.
Are your cupboards bare? Set to work if they are not. Remember good storage is a priority for many and cupboards will be opened. So if the contents are likely to fall out, especially on to a potential purchaser – reorganise!
Welcome! First impressions count. Freshen up the hallway, paint the front door, buy a new mat, hang mirrors to increase the amount of light. Your hallway sets the tone for the viewing, so make it a positive one. Add fresh flowers or pot pourri for fragrance and colour but avoid going overboard…less is more!
Don’t be defensive! Ask your estate agent for honest feedback. Yes it’s your home but a sale is your ultimate goal. If your property is deemed too old fashioned, the paintwork is seen as garish or the rooms appear cluttered, act immediately – you may not be able to do anything about a busy road but you can add style!
The market has changed, selling a property may take slightly longer than last year or, the halcyon years of 2006 and 2007 but by planning ahead and taking time to work on your property’s presentation before the sale sign goes up, finding a buyer and securing the right price will be a whole lot more achievable.