An estate agent valuing your property has the experience to look beyond the superficial to see the worth of your home. They’ll soon tell you if there are easy to fix issues that would make your house more appealing in the eyes of potential buyers.
We all have different tastes and styles when it comes to decorating our homes. Therefore, when it’s time to market your property, there’s probably no point in making dramatic changes, as choices in décor or layout will always be subjective.
Nevertheless, if there are straightforward steps you can take that will broaden the appeal of your house, it may be worth considering them. Jeremy Beckingsale gives his top ten tips on how to show your home to its best advantage to viewers.
1. Exteriors: first impressions count
Take an objective look at the outside of your property and if it’s looking a little run down, evaluate the extent of work needed to smarten it up. Simple jobs like cleaning fascia boards or applying a quick lick of paint to flaky woodwork can give exteriors an instant facelift.
2. Garden makeover
We’re not talking about major landscaping, just taming overgrown areas. Mowing the lawn and pulling up weeds from paving won’t take long and can make a world of difference.
3. Remove obstacles
It’s best not to make your prospective buyer jump over hurdles. This may mean moving children’s play things, pets’ toys and baskets, bicycles or sports items.
4. Ensure rooms smell fresh
Strong cooking odours or lingering pet smells can be off-putting. Open windows to allow fresh air to circulate and install discreet air fresheners.
5. Clear clutter
Potential buyers will expect to see the usual ornaments and knick-knacks. However, too much clutter can be a distraction. A clear out of unwanted items will not only make space it will save time when you come to move.
6. Open up the view
Moving unused items of furniture can open up a room and make it look more spacious. If an area is too crowded viewers may struggle to appreciate the true dimensions of a room.
7. Let in light
Maximise the amount of natural light coming into your house by making sure all curtains and blinds are fully open. Cut back overgrown trees or shrubs if they obscure light.
8. Brighten a dull room
If a room is a little dark give the impression of brightness by using higher wattage light bulbs. Or paint the walls in pale colours and add mirrors to provide reflected light.
9. Leave the building
Your home is, of course, personal to you, and sometimes this can make prospective buyers feel awkward. They may refrain from too much discussion in front of you, but not feel the same restraint with an impartial agent. They are likely to spend longer viewing and ask more questions (giving the agent the opportunity to respond to any concerns) if you’re not there.
10. Trust your estate agent
Experienced estate agents know what they’re doing. They will have sold numerous properties in the past, so why not trust them to sell your house rather than trying to do it yourself.
Thinking of selling your home? Pearsons offer free and impartial advice and valuations – arming you with the information you need to make that big decision. So if you’re considering moving, why not give us a call and have a no obligation chat. Find your local office here.