If you’re ready to sell your home and want the sale to go as smoothly and successfully as possible, follow our simple tips to encourage more interest and attract the right buyers. So, how to prepare your home for selling?
1) Don’t just focus on the inside of the house.
When potential buyers are viewing the property, their first impression of the place isn’t from the moment they step through the front door. Snap judgements are made as they approach the house from across the road or as they step through the front gate, or even as they drive through the neighbourhood! There’s not much you can do about fancying up the neighbourhood in order to sell your home, but what you can do is ensure the exterior has been tidied in preparation of the viewing. This means mowing the lawn, cleaning the windows, tending to the weeds and maybe even planting a few new flowers just to brighten up the house’s exterior. It’s surprising how many people neglect the outside of their house when scheduling viewings, as the exterior really does set the tone for the remainder of the viewing.
2) Clean the place thoroughly.
Nobody feels comfortable around mess – especially when it’s not our own. The majority of your prep time is probably going to be invested in ensuring everything is squeaky clean. Dust, polish, scrub and bleach until you’re dizzy from exhaustion, but can relax knowing that there is not a single cobweb or stain in your home that hasn’t had a good going at. The carpet should be so perfect that you couldn’t catch a crumb with a bit of a sticky tape. If the extent to which you’re cleaning seems a little excessive, you’re on the right track. Keep going. Nobody wants to buy a dirty home.
3) Make the place smell nice.
A pleasant smell can increase your chances in selling your home. Smells affect people in different ways. The smell of bread or biscuits baking in the oven is a popular selling technique for family homes, as it immediately sets a cosy, homely atmosphere. Avoid cooking anything that can leave a strong, lingering odour in your home, such as curry, bacon and greasy foods. Introducing a few house plants and flowers can also help to clean the air of musky odours and replace it with a naturally, floral fragrance.
4) Consider lighting.
Maximise the amount of natural light flooding into the room. Draw your curtains wide (or better yet if you have quite thick, heavy curtains) and replace any dim bulbs with brighter ones. This will make the rooms in your home look significantly bigger and more inviting.
5) Depersonalise your home.
When potential buyers are viewing your home, they want to envision themselves living there. This is actually harder to do when they are still viewing it as your property. Hide family photos or any personal touches that can affect their decision. Ideally, this also means you would have to pack away all your books and DVDs off the bookshelves even if you’ll be taking the bookshelf with you when you move out! Empty shelves and storage spaces will help your viewers to picture their own personal belongings on display.
6) Highlight attractive features.
If your home has any particularly attractive features or focal points, now is the time to show them off. Bright colours or decorative accents can draw the eye and push focus onto these features to highlight them and make them memorable. Focal points can include the fireplace, the window seat or anything structurally interesting.
7) Remove all clutter and anything bulky.
The idea is to make the home look bigger. People want value for money and, by visually enlarging the rooms in your home, it will feel as if they’re getting more living space for the price. So remove any oversized furniture pieces or anything that creates a look of clutter. There’s a reason those show rooms in catalogues are so minimalist. Keep it simple.
And don’t forget to close the toilet lid! 😉
This article was written by 1st Call Sales & Lettings, a fresh-thinking estate agent based in the UK.