WHAT WILL HELP MY HOUSE SELL FASTER?
You need to ‘stage’ your property. This terminology, is used by professionals, and means preparing your home, to highlight its features, to show its attributes to potential buyers. When they view, they will be impressed enough to warrant a quick sale. Preparing your home for cash home buyers, is important and can add thousands of pounds to its value. Listed below, are factors to help achieve your goal of a quick sale.
De cluttering – but don’t dispose of your personality
* Tidy up, and dispose of unwanted and unnecessary items, that have been gathering dust, in every corner of your abode. Remove it all, and either, put in storage, or offload on to friends, or any interested parties.
* Potential buyers, need to visualize, what your property would be like, if they were living there. Make sure, it is easy for them to do this, by providing clear spaces, to show off, attractive living spaces, so they can see the potential on offer.
* Make sure, your personality, shines through, don’t make your property, seem like a cold generic hotel. This can give buyers, with little imagination, a few hints about, what could be achievable and what they could do.
* A lifestyle, is as important a commodity, as a property. Show off your lifestyle.
* Think about removing, any bulky or niche furniture, that overcrowds the room, replace it with smaller furniture, to make the room seem bigger.
A lick of paint, can do the trick
* To make, your home look cleaner, lighter, and bigger, apply a coat of fresh paint. A neutral colour is a better choice.
* Potential buyers, can visualize, and easily imagine, how they would change the rooms to accommodate their needs.
* Strong colours, aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Buyers can, move into and quickly occupy, rooms whose walls aren’t covered in obtuse colours, such as lime green, bright red or bright purple.
* A first impression, is an important part of the selling process. Give the front door, a new lease of life, and make it appealing, with a bright new coat of paint.
Clean and repair
* Make sure, all necessary house maintenance is attended to (IF YOU CAN'T DO THIS YOURSELF HIRE A LOCAL HANDYMAN). This includes, all jobs, that have been forgotten about, or put on the back burner so to speak. These could include, BATHROOM FITTINGS, cracked tiles, broken door knobs, holes in the walls. Replace if money allows, torn or threadbare carpets, or at least attempt to hide any tears. First time buyers, and many others, are looking for somewhere to move into straight away, without making any immediate changes. Cash maybe in short supply, so be aware of this.
* Everywhere, should be meticulously clean and sparkling. Repair, tile grout, wax wooden floors, obliterate lime-scale. Make sure there are no off putting odours. Pay attention to detail, down to hanging up fresh towels. If you haven’t got time, because of work commitments, to do a deep clean, you could hire a company to attend to this for you. They will charge, but it will save time and effort, and could be productive in selling your property.
* The garden needs to be tidied up. Cut back bushes, cut the lawns, and remove any surrounding rubbish. This will not create a sale, but the prospective buyers can visualize themselves, sitting in the garden in the summertime, when the weather is warmer.
The kitchen, can sell your property
* The kitchen, is the hub of the family. This is where, the family sit around to eat, and friends come round for coffee or drinks. It is intrinsically, the most valuable room in a home.
* NEW KITCHEN WORKTOPS, your kitchen, is less expensive, than replacing your full kitchen. Doors, can be replaced, quite cheaply, and is often more effective.
* Make sure, all the kitchen worktops, are clutter free, clean and gleaming. Have clear, work spaces, showing the kitchen’s potential. Perhaps display a bowl of fruit.
* Upgrade, the kitchen tops, if they look tired and are worn. This could prove expensive, but may add value.
* White goods, and plumbing fixtures, are also on the agenda for attention. Don’t go overboard, they will not make your property sell any quicker, and you will be unlikely to get back excessive money spent on them.
* Having mirrors on the wall, gives the impression of the room, looking lighter and bigger. Put up in small rooms, and in the hallways.
* Make sure, windows are cleaned, outside and especially, inside, replace broken light bulbs. This will result, in the property feeling more attractive, and the rooms bigger.
* Enhance dark corners, with the aid of lamps.
*A lamp in the bathroom, will create a warm glow.
* Nothing can be more inviting, on a cold and chilly evening, to see the flame of a fire. Pine cones, burning can smell delicious. If you haven’t a real fire, then ensure your fireplace is clean and tidy.
* Dressing, the windows, with blinds or curtains, will add a personal touch, and, change rooms, from looking run down and impersonal. You don’t have to have expensive window dressings, try ikea, for cheap and cheerful ones.
* Fresh flowers, add colour to a room, and the smell will permeate throughout the house.
Smells – getting them right
* One of the biggest, complaints and turn off, for prospective buyers, are bad smells, which transcend throughout a property. Don’t try and cover them up, find, where they are coming from and fix, get to the source of the problem. If it’s drains, bins, open windows, get a company in to deal with the drains. Free the kitchen, from cooking smells, and make sure cigarette smoke is eroded long before a viewing is to take place.
* Vinegar, is a good agent, to get rid of unhealthy cigarette smoke. Position bowls of vinegar around the house, and leave them there, for a few days. Open a window, and the stale cigarette smoke, will evaporate , along with the smell of vinegar.
* On the other hand, good smells, make a property, very welcoming to prospective buyers. The smell, of freshly baked bread, and freshly ground coffee, have the same effects. Although not feasible for every viewing, depending on viewing schedules.
The property viewings
* A good estate agent, is crucial, so they can show prospective buyers the property. They know, how to sell the property, what to highlight and what to conversely, disregard and skimp over. Answering awkward questions, regarding perhaps, noisy neighbours, or parking concerns.
* If there is a possibility, to adapt a garage and make it into extra rooms, or install a loft conversion, and money is available to do this. Bite the bullet, ask for planning permission. You will make money out of these improvements, and add value to the property.