Are you looking towards your next adventure? Have you and your family outgrown your current home? Or perhaps, your children have flown the nest and you’re looking to downsize. Whatever your reasons for moving our tips for selling a house remain the same.
If you’ve not moved for some time you may be a little daunted by the process. You know what you’d look for in a home, but are they the same things prospective buyers will be interested in?
Generally speaking, yes. Everyone is different; if you’re hosting an open day you’ll simply never be able to predict what everyone is looking for. However, there are a few fail-safe tips we can give you, so if someone is looking to buy a home like yours then you’ll be able exhibit it as its best.
1. Sort the clutter out
It’s surprising how many people don’t clean before a viewing or open day event. If you’re planning on moving then you’ll need to declutter at some point – so get ahead of the game and declutter before you put your property up for sale.
2. Give each room definition
When selling a house, you’re selling more than mortar and bricks. You’re selling a lifestyle, an experience – somewhere to make memories. You may use the spare room as a makeshift storage cupboard but your prospective buyers are expecting to see a bedroom; make it easier for them by clearing out your “stuff” and let the room shine in its intended use.
While it’s important to depersonalise your home for viewings, you don’t want to remove every inch of personality; clutter is very different to style. By leaving some touches that appeal to a broad audience you’ll highlight one way that the space can be used.
4. Get out of the way
Leave viewers to peruse your property by themselves without following and talking about every family tale that each room holds for you – they need to imagine their own future tales for each room.
So, get out the way, make a cup of tea and let them find their feet.
5. Don’t forget your outdoor space
If you’re fortunate enough to have a corresponding outdoor area attached to your property, that’s good news for your wallet. Outdoor spaces are regarded highly by most home-hunters and can increase the value of a house greatly.
However, ones that are left to overgrow into a state of disarray won’t do much to change your For Sale sign. There are lots of ways to spruce up an outdoor area – make sure you pick one.
6. Spend time on your front door
The front door is your metaphorical shop front, it’s the first thing that prospective buyers will see. An old, unkempt door left to chip and peel will be representative of the whole home and its workings.
7. Display fresh flowers
It sounds like an old wife’s tale, but it actually does work. It shows that someone cares about the home and brings positive vibes.
8. Have an open fire
If you have an open fire in your home try and have one roaring away at the inspection. Obviously, if it’s summer this is unadvised.
Fires are scientifically proven to calm us down and slow our heart rate – it’ll make your house seem like the perfect cosy home to your prospective buyers.
Love them or hate them they need to go on a doggy date for the day. This may sound severe but you should consider that people come in three varieties:
- Animal lovers
- Animal haters
- People that are allergic to animals
And these are the three reactions they’ll have:
- Animal lovers will spend more attention on your pet than your home
- Animal haters will be fretting that the smell of wet dog is ingrained in the carpets
- Those that are allergic will be frantically trying to keep a reaction at bay
Don’t just remove the pet either – hide away bowls, leads and toys, hoover up hairs and scrub away muddy paws from the floors.
This is a guest post written by Sasha N – a copywriter for A Fancy Home.