As regular readers will know, we recently sold our house in London and moved down to the south of England. Selling was quite a challenge, even in the London market, due to the uncertainty caused by Brexit. Without wishing to sound pessimistic, it doesn’t seem as if this uncertainty is due to be over any time soon and so today I wanted to share six tips for boosting the chances of selling your home.
Clean up the garden:
Having a garden at your home is a huge selling point and so it’s one you should really be focused on utilising when it comes to selling.
The problem is that it so easy to forget about the garden unless you are an especially keen gardener. The busy nature of life can mean that this space is easy to neglect. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s not easy to fix up again!
For example, simply cutting the grass and adding some furniture can make a huge difference, and create a positive visual impact. If you are fortunate enough to have a garden at the front of your property, then remember that this is the first thing people will see before they enter your home. Therefore it’s really important to take time and care to set a good impression from the outset if you’re looking to have a quicker sale.
Add some colour:
If you don’t have a lot of time for improving each room in your home, then the quickest way to update your space is by choosing some stylish paint colours and styling with some contrasting accessories. Painting a room may take some time (if you are completing the job yourself) but it is the most cost efficient way to improve the look and feel of a space. If you are concerned about using bold splashes of colour when you haven’t used them before, then perhaps save your adventures in interior colours for your new home and stick with some neutral colours for updating your existing home. Just don’t choose magnolia. Go for Dulux’s Chalky Downs 4 or 5 instead!
When was the last time you walked into a really cluttered and messy room and thought “oh, this is lovely”? Never, right?
That’s because mess and clutter brings down the energy in a room and causes people to feel anxious and stressed when they’re in it. This is obviously something we would want to avoid when selling a home!
Moving house is a perfect excuse to get rid of things you no longer want or need to have around. So whether you give things to charity or simply sell them online, get the bin bags out and start decluttering. You’ll feel much better for it and your home will look much better for it too.
Focus on presentation:
To follow on from the point above, you want to create a welcoming environment when people walk into your home and allow them to feel like they can imagine themselves living there. How you do this is by focusing on the presentation.
Have you ever walked into a show home and thought how stunning it looked and how you wished you lived there? That’s all by design because the company selling the homes want to create that feeling in people – remember, people buy based on emotion and feeling and justify with logic.
Or have you ever walked into a hotel room and felt instantly relaxed because of how tidy it is and when you see the spa quality robes on the bed alongside the plush pillows, it seems like your stress just melts away?
Those are the kinds of touches you should be looking to add to your house when trying to sell. A scented reed diffuser or plug in air freshener will go a long way to creating a positive first impression too. These are especially useful to include if you are out at work during the day and having viewings on your home whilst you are not there and so are not able to open windows etc.
Have your paperwork in order:
Having just moved house, my biggest piece of advice would be to get all of your paperwork in order before you put your house on the market. For example, make sure you dig out certificates for any windows you have had replaced, your boiler service history etc. If you want to get things moving quickly, then it’s really important that you have all of the right information for the solicitors and new owners in place and ready to go. It’s also useful to give estate agents as much information as you can, so that they can pass this on to potential buyers when they view your home. If you have recently spent out on some home improvements, for example the roof, then you will want this to be communicated to anyone viewing your home. That way they know that they will not need to spend out on this in the near future and it will be another positive selling point for your home. Which takes me on to my last point…
Get any repairs done:
If your house has some repair work needing done that you’ve been putting off over the years, then it is a good time to consider completing it. Small cosmetic jobs will make a vast improvement to the overall presentation of your home and larger jobs will probably come out in a survey anyway. It’s much better to tackle these things in your own time and using tradesmen and a budget that you set, rather than going into a negotiating situation with a buyer once you have accepted their offer but they find out that work needs to be completed after a survey.
Let me know how you get on in the comments below if you are selling your home. For more ideas and tips that are related to your specific property, leave me a message via the message form on the homepage. I’d be happy to help and offer a service on styling your property for sale if this is an area you would like some support with. We managed to sell our home during a very uncertain market, mainly through focusing on presentation and making our home stand out from the crowd and so I’d love to help you sell your home too!
This is a collaborative post.