Also known as “staging” it is the home equivalent of a valet for your car, blacking your tyres and placing a new air freshener in to sell!
First impressions count!
Make it look pretty
- See it through their eyes. Walk in from the road as a potential buyer being critical and looking from a fresh perspective. Be Critical.
Some common themes
- First impressions count – give the front door a new coat of brightly coloured paint.
- Move the bins from the front garden and pot some plants.
- Make sure the windows are clean, dressed with blinds or curtains as naked windows make a place feel impersonal and run down.
Declutter – but don’t depersonalise
- Get rid of your excess stuff that has accumulated in every nook and cranny. Put it in storage or give it to a friend if unable to sell.
- Sell the dream! People need to imagine what the property would look like if they were living there. People find this difficult; therefore make it easy for them to see all the fantastic living space you’re offering them.
- Don’t make it look like a chain hotel; leave some personality, it allows for those without imagination ideas as to what they might do with their new home.
- People are often buying into a lifestyle as much as a property, show them the attractive side of your lifestyle. Dig out the picture of your skiing Holiday!
- Consider removing any bulky furniture that makes the room feel small and replacing it with smaller furniture.
A lick of paint
- A fresh lick of neutral paint will make your home seem lighter and bigger.
- Potential buyers will easily imagine how they would adapt the rooms to their needs.
Fix and clean
- Complete those minor repairs – holes in walls, cracked tiles, torn or threadbare carpets. Make it easy for a buyer to move in without a list of maintenance and repair jobs.
- Clean everything until it sparkles. Get rid of limescale, clean and repair tile grout, wax wooden floors, get rid of all odours, hang up fresh towels, get the oven professionally cleaned, open windows for some fresh air.
- Tidy up the garden: cut bushes back, clean the patio and furniture of lichen and dirt, and cut the grass.
- The kitchen is the most valuable room in a house as well as the centre for most so pay special attention to detail.
- Declutter the surfaces and just leave a bowl of fruit out.
- Take out any bulky appliances.
- Consider upgrading the plumbing fixtures and white goods, but keep in mind that while that could make your property sell faster, you will be unlikely to recoup their full value.
- Mirrors make a room look bigger and lighter, consider putting some up in smaller rooms or hallways.
- Clean windows inside and out, and replace any broken light bulbs and replace with brighter bulbs in dull rooms., making the place feel light and airy.
- Ensure that you have lamps on in any dark corners.
Get the right smells
- Don’t cover bad smells, fix the source of the smell. Clear drains, wash bins, open windows, air the kitchen from old cooking smells, get rid of furniture that is embedded with cigarette smoke, No cooking strong smelling foods like kippers whilst selling!
- Nice smells can make a property feel like a home.
Showing the property
- You’ll have chosen a good estate agent (like Pure) so let them show the property as we are the experts in selling your home after your hard work and answering those questions.
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