So you’ve made the decision to sell your property, the next step is to get your place looking as good as possible before any photos are taken or potential buyer inspection dates.
The good news is, whether your property only needs a little or a lot of attention, you can start to improve the appeal of your property in these four simple and inexpensive steps.
Buyers are generally looking for space. The more space you can show, the more attractive your home will be to buyers.
Don’t expect buyers to ignore your accumulated stuff and imagine your house in its clutter-free state. The aim is to make it as easy as possible for potential buyers to imagine themselves and their belongings in the house.
Tips to get you started:
- Be systematic. Do one room at a time and don’t move on to the next room until it is complete.
- Depersonalise. You want your buyers to visualise themselves in your house, not you living in it! Pack away photographs, souvenirs, trophies, medals, certificates, posters, religious items and family heirlooms.
- Restore rooms to their core functions.
- Clear tables, counter tops and all surfaces.
- Consider storing off-site some items of furniture.
Once you have more room to work, undertake a thorough housecleaning. As well as your regular chores, focus on rarely-cleaned areas such as skirting boards and light fittings. Steam clean your carpets, and wash walls and windows. If you don’t have time to do this, there are cleaning companies that can help you.
3. Patch and paint
Add a fresh coat of interior paint. Painting your walls can instantly brighten up your house and make it appear well cared for. First, patch up any holes, no matter how small. Favour white ceilings and off-white or beige walls with white skirting. These colours throw more light around the room and make it appear larger.
4. Garden work
Spruce up your outside area. Get rid of green waste, trim the hedges, weeds, and mulch the flower beds.