By Eilish Adams
in Property Law
Category on August 8th, 2018
House selling ideas – tricks or tips?
Some people call them tips and some people call them tricks. From my point of view they are tips. If you have to trick someone into buying your home then what does it say about you and what does it say about your home. You wouldn’t have friends over to a scruffy, untidy and unclean home, would you? Friends might be forgiving but purchasers can be a demanding lot with very high standards. So what can I do to show my home off to its best?
- Accessibility: If it can’t be seen it can’t be sold!!
Don’t make it difficult for agents to get their clients into your home. If potential buyers have to make appointments way in advance, or can only show it during a very restrictive time frame, they will likely just cross your place off the list and go show the places that are easy to get into. If someone needs to see the property in the evening after work then plan around making the property available for viewings.
- Kerb appeal: Deal maker or deal breaker?
It shouldn’t make a difference but it does and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. It might not improve the value but it can have a direct effect on the potential buyer’s perception when they approach the house. A mess of a garden might make people think “if the garden is like this, what state is the house going to be in?”
- Bins – make sure they are out of sight and empty.
- Clean up weeds, cut the grass and tidy the hedges.
- Clean the windows! Sounds simple but makes a big difference. Ask yourself, do they need painting too?
- Clear children’s toys, bikes and skates from the front lawn.
- Does the pathway need a clean, is it time to get the jet clean out?
- Pots and plants, if there are not get some. This makes a big difference to the overall look of the property.
- Clean up dog poo!!! I don’t need to say more about this do I?
- Indoors – This is where you make the sale
- De clutter: Too much clutter made many houses look smaller and untidy. Pack up all your ornaments, bits and bobs, anything that is sitting on top of a countertop, table, or other flat surfaces. Anything that you haven’t used in at least a year? Give away or throw away (recycle) as much as possible of what remains. It will ultimately make moving a lot less hassle….
- De personalise: Remove all the things that make your home “your” home (e.g., family photos, religious decor and fridge magnet, event ticket pinned to a notice board), pack them up and put them in storage. Doing this makes it easier for potential buyers to imagine your home as their home.
- Deep clean: If you can’t afford to spend money on the house make sure that the house is really really spotless. An industrial clean is money well-spent. Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms, which need to be inviting, again get the clutter out of the bathroom. Make sure the tooth brushes are new and not flattened like a pancake.
- Viewings: When you do have viewings, don’t be eating or ironing or on a long telephone call. Prospective buyers want your attention so give it to them without interruption. Make sure the place smells nice. A smelly home is unsellable and not the impression you want people to take away with them. Have a tin of Febreze handy, particularly if you have a dog.
First impressions matter. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
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