How best to present your property
Taking a little time thinking about how your house is presented will not only ensure the house is sold faster but can help add value to the property.
SmileyHomes Estate Agents has put together a guide, for anyone looking to sell their property, to help maximise your chances of successfully selling your home for the best possible price.
First impressions count - make the most of curb appeal
Research released by Barrett Homes indicates we spend just 26 minutes viewing a property before making a decision. That's less time than it takes to watch your favourite soap opera. Making sure the patio and garden are clean and tidy before your viewers arrive can make a world of difference. Adding in a few potted plants for extra colour will quickly and cheaply ramp up the curb appeal of your home.
De-clutter, De-clutter, De-clutter
Get ahead of the move and pack up all un-necessary items before you put your property on the market. Taking a little time to clear out some of your personal items will not only help the buyer imagine their own things there but will also make your home look bigger and you'll have less to pack once your home has sold.
Kitchen's are still considered the heart of any home and can make or break a house sale. Not the biggest kitchen in the world? Don't worry remove as many items from your worktops as you can and put away all pots, pans and crockery. A few well placed items will make the kitchen look functional without making it looked cramped.
Best dressed beds
Think of your home as a stage. Prospective purchasers will want to see clearly every room of your home and need to be able to imagine themselves living there. Clear out closets of all unnecessary items (remember one less thing to pack once your house has been sold!) and make sure all the beds are made and the room is tidy. Investing in a couple of new throws is a cheap and quick way to make a statement and add a splash of colour without over-personalising things.
Put away all unnecessary items and clear out all your old magazines and newspapers. If you share your home with any four-legged friends, make sure to put them outside before viewers arrive so as not to put prospective buyers off.
Don't forget the little boys room
It may be one of the smallest rooms in the house, but don't underestimate it's importance. Investing a little time in sprucing up the bathroom can make a huge difference to a properties sale-ability. Polish mirrors and chrome fittings and bleach discoloured grout or invest in a grout whitening pen to make this little room sparkle..
Now's the time to do all those little odd jobs
Buying a new house is such a stressful business, that prospective purchasers often don't want to be reminded of more things they have to do once they've bought your house. Take a little time to patch any holes in walls, fix those cupboard doors and touch up those bits of paintwork you've been meaning to do for a while.
The smell of success
Prospective purchasers are just as likely to be put off by bad smells as anything else. That slight musty smell may be nothing to worry about or could be an indication of a serious damp problem. Open windows to freshen up your home as often as you can and invest in a few well placed air-fresheners or scented candles.
Let your agent conduct the viewing.