Planning to put your home on the market this spring? If you really want to set yourself apart from the competition, attract the best buyers and achieve the maximum price, then be a clever cat and make sure you follow our top 5 tips on getting your house ready for sale…
1. First impressions count
We’re talking kerb appeal here…so make sure you get the basics right, starting with your front garden. Do some weeding, mow the lawn, plant a few flowers if things look a little bare and invest in a couple of outdoor tubs planted out with something appealing. If your front door looks a little tired, give it a lick of paint; the same applies to any railings or gate and if you have brass or silver door furniture, then treat it to a good clean and polish. The aim is to make everything look tidy, fresh and inviting, so that before a prospective buyer even steps through the door, they’re thinking ‘yes, I want to buy this house’.
2. De-clutter…and de-personalise
People want to be able to imagine themselves in your house – but it can be a challenge if the living space is cluttered and untidy. Sellers often don’t think about having a proper clear out until the viewings start getting booked in. But if you want to attract serious interest from the moment you place your property on the market, then you really need to think about this much earlier – and that means before the professional photographs are taken. Has the spare room become a dumping ground? Stow away the old clothes, forgotten electric keyboard and last summer’s camping gear and turn it back into a room buyers can actually imagine using. Clear coats and shoes from the hallway, stash everyday bathroom products out of sight and get rid of all non-essential appliances, jars and bottles from your kitchen worktops. If your shelves are groaning under the weight of family photographs and trinkets, try thinning out the collection, de-personalising along the way and creating a bit more space; that way, especially precious or appealing items can really sing.
3. Redistribute the furniture
Look at your living space with an appraising eye and don’t be afraid to move around or even replace furniture if you think it might help – that six-seater table and chairs in the breakfast room might serve your needs well, but a more compact table (with or without fold-out leaves) might work better for the viewings and make the room feel more spacious. If you have a garage, store bulky items in there temporarily, or bite the bullet and invest in a local storage unit – it’s not expensive, and if your house achieves the maximum price, it will be money well spent.
4. Repair and clean
It may seem obvious but a clean house – and one in which everything works – really does sell. Consider getting in a professional cleaning agency (especially if you have pets) to deal with big ticket items like the carpets and sofas and even the oven – it’s not as pricey as you might think and could make a real difference. Fix that broken hinge on the kitchen cupboard door, replace the halogen bulb in the bathroom and mend that leaky tap. Don’t leave anything unattended to – if the buyer sees that you are on top of these minor maintenance jobs, it will give them confidence about the bigger things. And if once you’ve done the deep clean, you think some rooms could do with a freshen up, treat the walls to a repaint. Neutrals always work well and help to lighten and brighten even the darkest corner of the house.
5. And finally….hire the right estate agent
With years of experience under our collective belt, we know what does – and doesn’t – sell a house. That’s why we place so much emphasis on making sure your property is ship-shape and sale-ready before the photographer is even booked in. Every new instruction receives the same attentive and bespoke service from our dedicated team, starting with our free, pre-sale house dressing service. Once you have instructed us, an experienced interior designer can visit your property and give you some helpful and practical advice on how to maximise your home’s potential. The designer will cover everything from room layouts and the position of furniture, to lighting and those all-important finishing touches, all of which you can then put into effect in getting your house ready for sale. We also offer a more comprehensive service, involving a full interior design consultation, formal report and assistance with any improvements recommended, should you
Needless to say, the feedback from our clients has been superb: “It’s amazing, we spent seven years renovating and furnishing our home and we thought everything was absolutely perfect. The Pritchards’ team provided us with some fantastic insights, all of which we eagerly noted down and implemented. It’s extraordinary how a few simple additions and changes can make such a difference. The house is now at its absolute finest and we’re more confident than ever about our prospects of selling.”
• Thinking of selling your property this spring? Would it benefit from some experienced and knowledgeable critique before the sale board goes up? For further information on getting your house ready for sale or any of your property buying/selling/letting requirements, get in touch with us today. We look forward to hearing from you!