Presenting your Property for Sale
First impressions really count, as most buyers form an opinion within the first 15 seconds on entering a property Here are some recommendations to maximise the selling potential of your home:
- Place greater emphasis on any unusual or period features
- Sensitively repair or remove any broken or tired looking furniture, fixtures and fittings
- Clean and tidy every room
- Stage key rooms, use props to show how you could best utilise the area to help buyers visualise themselves living there
- Pets can be a turn off for some buyers, so it is a good idea to remove pet hair, their beds and odours from the house
- Unpleasant or strong smells have a negative effect on people; avoid cooking before viewings and it maybe advisable to smoke outside
- The exterior of your home is the first view buyers have of your property; a freshly cut lawn your, tidy garden, well kept plants and an inviting entrance will definitely impress and set the level for the rest of the property - plus your photos will look great.
- It sounds simple, but decorating your home in neutral colours, provides a blank canvass for buyers
- Loud, vibrant colours may be to your taste but to others can be oppressive. Lighter colours reflect more sunlight making rooms feel airy and spacious.
- Remove excess clutter and unnecessary personal items from the floor, shelves and work surfaces.
- Try to arrange viewings when children are at school; too many people in a house can make it appear small and crowded.
- Using props and furnishings such as candles, flowers and paintings, to stage rooms will help to show them off to their best potential.