Top tips for a faster sale
Staging is the art of preparing your home to be seen at its best by potential buyers. It can help your property sell faster and can add thousands of pounds to it’s value. If you’re planning to sell your home, then ‘staging’ it can give the process a real boost. At Roxton’s we have more than 30 years design experience. Contact us if you are worried about how your property might look to potential buyers.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to hire a skip, strike a balance between emphasising the fantastic living space on offer and allowing some touches to show that your house is a home.
Look for the little flaws you don’t see any more: perhaps an old picture-frame hole in the wall, a broken tile, or a well-worn patch of carpet. They’re not huge jobs to fix, but they may put off a potential buyer who doesn’t want to have this on their to-do list as soon as they move in.
Make everything sparkle, remove limescale, clean tile grout, and polish any wooden floors. Clean your windows inside and out.
Don’t forget your house needs to smell good too. A bad smell is the single biggest turn off for potential buyers. Find and fix the source of the smell, ensure you clear drains, wash out your bins and air the kitchen to shift old cooking odours.
If you’re a smoker place bowls of vinegar around the house. Leave these for three days, then remove and open your windows. The vinegar smell will disappear quickly, taking the stale cigarette whiff with it.
Traditionally beige is the ‘recommended colour’ if you want to give your house ‘blank canvas’ appeal to a potential purchaser. Although this still works very well, white is the new ‘on trend’ colour.
If white doesn’t work for you then perhaps try grey. Both white and grey are inoffensive and will make it easier for your buyer to move in and use the rooms immediately and a neutral colour makes rooms lighter and larger. Again, contact us if you would like some advice before you sell.
Gardens can be a huge draw for potential buyers. As with the interior of your home, you want your garden to be neat and tidy. Weed, cut back bushes, clean the patio/decking and any garden furniture, and cut the grass. A few flowers in pots, particularly in the front garden to boost kerb appeal, will make it as easy as possible for people to see themselves enjoying this space.
REVIEW YOUR KITCHEN
Unless your kitchen is in a real state, it wouldn’t make financial sense to replace it when you have the costs of moving house to contend with – and some buyers will want to put in their kitchen anyway. However, resurfacing of worktops is worth investigating to give an instant lift. Also, remove any bulky kitchen appliances, and declutter the surfaces.
Kitchens are important. More often than not, a kitchen is worth more per square foot than any other room. It can make the difference when buyers are unsure.
MODERNISE IF POSSIBLE
Think about any obvious conversions that could be made to your property: perhaps adapting a garage or a loft into a gym or an office or a spare room. If you have the money to carry out the conversion, you’ll see the benefits of the increased value to your home rather than gifting it to the new owners. If you don’t have the funds to do the work yourself, you can make your property more desirable by securing planning permission prior to putting your property on the market.
LEAVE IT TO THE EXPERTS
Let your estate agent do their job. We know what to say (and what not to say), we will highlight and downplay as appropriate and have experience answering tricky questions.
However, you can make our job easier by placing fresh flowers around the house, a bowl of colourful fruit in the kitchen, and fresh towels in the bathroom. Go for a walk during the viewings. It makes our ‘pitch’ to your buyers harder if they are distracted by the homeowner pointing things out that aren’t significant enough. We want to keep the buyers in the right undistracted mindset. Our property tours are a presentation to the buyer, from start to finish.
Contact us now if you are thinking of selling your property.