If you are preparing to sell your home, then making it look as attractive as possible to potential buyers can have a big impact on the number of offers you receive, and ultimately the price you sell for. This is known as “staging”, and there are lots of little things you can do that don’t require much time or money that can greatly increase the saleability of the property.
1. Maximise Kerb Appeal and First Impressions
How your property looks from the outside and the feeling potential buyers get as soon as they step inside can have a huge impact on their overall opinion of the place, as first impressions are very important when it comes to buying property. Make sure any front garden area is neat and tidy, and give your front door a lick of paint to make it stand out against other nearby houses (this works particularly well on terraces). Your hallway should be equally smart, so put away any clutter and replace the worn out doormat.
2. Declutter, Everywhere
As well as the hallway, every room in the house should be tidy. This will give the impression that your home is spacious and well cared for, and unless you need to invest in some storage solutions, won’t cost you anything. Better still, take the opportunity to have a complete clear out and take what you no longer use to charity shops, the recycling centre, or sell it on eBay! This is not only a cathartic process but will make your house move easier when the time comes.
3. Paint Walls and Woodwork
Painting your walls in a neutral colour will help potential buyers imagine their own colour scheme in the property, and will also make the place seem lighter and bigger. It will also make moving in an easier task for them, as they won’t necessarily need to immediately redecorate. Don’t forget doors and skirting boards – a lick of glossy paint on these will really smarten up a room and cover up any scuffs. If you need to repaint most rooms in your house, then you could enlist the help of a professional if your budget allows.
4. Do any DIY & Repair Jobs
If you’ve got any DIY jobs that have been put off for a while, now is the time to get down to them. Any small issues like damp patches and stains, superficial cracks and broken tiles can put doubt in the mind of a potential buyer. Many things can be easily fixed yourself, but if your budget allows then you can save yourself time and hassle by getting a professional in to do them. If some things are broken or worn out beyond repair, such as old furniture or a knackered shower head, then it’s worth completely replacing them, again if your budget allows.
5. Thoroughly Clean
It goes without saying that your home should be spotless when a potential buyer arrives. Do a deep clean before the first viewing, which should include getting rid of limescale in the kitchen and bathroom, cleaning the grout around tiles, and removing any mould that may have built up on bathroom sealant (which may just need replacing). Make sure your home is clean at surface level as well ahead of a viewing – the floors should be freshly cleaned and vacuumed, all surfaces dusted, and no washing up should be left in the sink.
6. Increase Indoor Light
Buyers will want to see your home in the best light possible, so ensure all curtains are drawn back and blinds pulled up before they arrive to maximise natural light. When it comes to electric lights, use a mixture of high, medium and low level lighting by placing lamps on tables and bookshelves, especially in dark corners. If your budget allows, you could also invest in some new ceiling light fittings that will further brighten the room. As a rule, kitchens and hallways should be the most brightly lit rooms, with bedrooms and living rooms being more dimly lit for a cosier feel. You can also use large mirrors to make small spaces feel bigger by bouncing light around them.
7. Tidy up the Garden
Now you’ve got the inside of your home looking perfect, don’t let your garden let you down. Homes with gardens are in demand more than ever now, so ensure yours is tidy and looks like a space for entertaining. If your garden is mostly paved, invest in some bright pots and fill them with attractive plants and flowers. Fix any broken slabs and give them a good clean with a pressure washer (which you can hire if you don’t own one). For larger gardens, make sure the lawn and hedges are trimmed and tidy, and that the borders are blooming. If it all seems like too much work and you can spare the money, hire a professional gardener, and also add some finishing touches with garden furniture and lighting.
+1. Stage the Property for your Target Audience
Think about who your target audience is most likely to be and stage your home accordingly. Are they single young professionals, a young family or retirement downsizers? You can tap into their lifestyle and aspirations with your decor, so it’s worth researching into the current interior trends among your target market. For example, younger buyers may be more receptive to statement features in the kitchen such as bright splashbacks and a breakfast bar, whereas older buyers may prefer a more neutral colour scheme and a large kitchen table.