The process of selling your home can, without a doubt, be stressful, but we strongly advise that you take great care when preparing to put your house on the market. Work at a pace that is right for you in order to not become overwhelmed quickly.
Obviously it is dependent to a great extent on the market, the price you want, the location etc… – but if you are serious about getting your home sold then you can help by getting organised right from the start of your sale by firstly ensuring that your home looks great to any potential buyers.
Presenting your home properly from the beginning will help to minimize the time it spends on the market, and the number of viewings you need to have before it sells. A perfect scenario, right?!
We have already touched upon a few of these key tips in previous points, but there is no harm in revisiting them to stay fresh in your mind!
1. DON’T SHOW DAY TO DAY LIFE
First and foremost, you need a buyer to fall in love with your home from the very first peek; to envision the lifestyle they could have in it.
For the time being, try and minimize everything so that when your property photos are taken, and when viewings do physically take place, it’s easier to tidy around and take away that day to day life that all of us (in reality) have. The most used reason for moving house is that people need more space.
These things may include:
- No clothes drying on the line, on top of the washer or dryer or thrown in a laundry basket out in the open
- No toys lying around to trip over or add to the feel of “clutter”
- No paperwork piles lying around
- Beds made
- No shoes or jackets/coats cluttering the front foyer area
- No bags of bread/buns on counters; food should be stored away in cupboards or the pantry (this isn’t to say a plate of desserts or cookies nicely laid out on a platter in the kitchen is a bad idea)
- No cupboard doors or drawers left opened
If you show a home that looks cluttered, place that looks like it doesn’t have enough storage for you, then a buyer will think the same, leaving them to simply move on to the next house on their list.
2. DON’T LEAVE RED FLAGS VISIBLY SHOWING
This is a big one! If you have anything that looks like it needs fixing, or looks to involve work and/or money to make right, you are leaving yourself open for lower offers or even no offers at all. Most potential buyers want to enter a home that doesn’t look like a huge headache when they move in.
A great tip is to take some time to go through your home and write a quick list of all the necessary jobs that need doing. From there, either work through them yourself if you have the skills or give the list to a handyman to complete for you.
3. DON’T OVER-PERSONALIZE
We all have our possessions and photos on show in our homes – it’s what makes a house a “home” afterall.
However, having so much of your personality on show will both distract the buyer from looking at the space available and could possibly make them feel uncomfortable “invading” your privacy.
Attempt to make the buyers feel welcome and want to stay there, while visualizing themselves in the space. Keep a few key items on show, but pack away the rest, at least for the time being.
4. DON’T IGNORE THE COMPETITION
Another important step to highlight! When you are selling your home, you are competing with all other properties for sale in your price range and with a similar specification as yours.
Take some time to look at the competition. You want to ensure that you property stands out as the “it” home to view and looks like the best value for money. Create the best impression to your potential buyers.
5. DON’T HIDE VALUE
This is one for those sellers with an older property. Do you have original tiles or floorboards, or possible a blocked in fireplace? Any of these things will add potential value to your property. So, uncover them and fulfill your homes potential!
6. DON’T BLOCK LIGHT OR VIEWS
If you have curtains, even semi or fully transparent ones and a good view from your window, then take them down while selling the property. The room will automatically feel more modern, brighter, and spacious – all things that will add value to the house.
7. DON’T HAVE WASTED SPACE
Do you have a spare room or empty space? Perhaps one that has become a dumping ground for things?
If a buyer sees this, then they will see no reason for that space. Truly think of this as paying for space that’s not required.
Always give all spaces a purpose and ensure that the buyer can see exactly what rooms there are. Create a guest bedroom, an office, etc.
To recap: focus on staging your home to ensure that everything looks as good as it possibly can.
The buyer will then be able to more easily visualise themselves living there.
Create the vision for them; don’t assume that they can see past your possessions and tastes.
It’s critical that the first glimpse of your home makes a buyer want to see more – so ensure that your marketing photos are amazing – and just as crucial is that you make sure that the house looks the same as these photos for any viewings.