Wednesday 27th September 2017
Moving house can be a stressful time with some big decisions to make, but ensuring your house is desirable and appears at its best is key for enticing potential buyers to make an offer. Below are 10 top tips to ensure your home is ready for viewers:
Make sure it’s clean
Now, we know this one seems like an obvious one, but it’s really important that your house is clean, freshly hovered and dusted ready for visitors, particularly the key areas like kitchen and bathroom. If you don’t have time for this yourself, it can be quite cost effective to employ a professional cleaner for a few hours to give the key areas a thorough job.
Clutter is a no-no
We’re all guilty of leaving a little clutter lying around, and for everyday family life it’s not a problem but you want the rooms to look as spacious as possible, an element of minimalism is key.
Furry Family Members
Some people are pet lovers and others not as much so this can go either way. Pet lovers could be distracted and pay more attention to them than the house, and it may put other people on edge, particularly those with allergies. If it’s not possible to temporarily move your pets from the house, then at least move litter trays from sight.
First Impressions Count
The first thing the viewer will see is the exterior of the house, so try and make it look as attractive as possible. This can be as simple as repainting exterior window sills, cleaning the windows and doing a little weeding in the front garden.
On a similar theme to the point above, ensuring that your front door is clean or neatly painted can create an excellent first impression that you’ve cherished and looked after your house.
Keep it Neutral
Although the viewer may be a fan of colour too, everyone’s tastes can vary and a safe option is to keep your rooms neutral. If you do have any rooms with bright or very dark colours on the wall, it might be a good idea to re-paint in a neutral colour before sale giving the appearance of bright and airy rooms.
Outdoor space is a really great asset to a property and it can be as simple as pulling the weeds and mowing the lawn to keep the garden looking fresh and appealing. You could think about buying some simple garden furniture so it advertises the space as somewhere you’d like to spend time in the warmer months.
Each room has a key function, so it’s a good idea to show that off. Such as, the kitchen is a great place to cook up a storm or sit and eat with family, so make sure that the key function is clear when you walk into the room.
Try to ensure that you don’t have anything that obviously needs fixing such as a dripping tap or a cracked tile anywhere as that will give the impression that the house is not looked after as it could be. You don’t want viewers to immediately start to list things that need work.
You don’t just want the house to look good, it’s a nice touch if the house also smells nice, which can be as simple as some plug-in fragrances or some candles burning as the viewings are on.
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