How to enhance the sale appeal of your home
If you want to change the message your home is sending, you need to improve its “pavement appeal”.
If you are preparing to sell your home there are some very simple ways of helping to ensure that you get a fast sale at the best possible price:
- Remember that the first impression of any potential buyer will be formed very quickly. This first impression starts to form the moment they approach your front gate.
- Bearing this in mind, a good place to begin your preparation for sale is your front garden or property entrance.
- If you have a garden, you should do everything you can to maximise its attractiveness. This doesn’t mean that you have to enlist the services of a landscaper. Usually a good mowing of the lawn, some pruning and the addition of hanging baskets or potted plants will do the trick.
- Make sure that grass is short, tidy and weed free. Edging your lawn will create an impression of tidiness.
- If you have flower beds: weed them!
- Make sure that all dead plants are removed and replaced by flowering plants. Remove any dead leaves, rubbish, toys etc. from your garden.
- If your gates or front walls are looking a bit shabby, give them a coat of paint.
- Clear out the clutter from your garage or garden shed. Space is always important to potential buyers. If you have a lot of stuff that you actually use in your garage or shed, it’s a good idea to box it up and store it. After all, you’re going to have to pack it all up when you move away.
- Give your windows a good clean.
- If the exterior of your property is in need of a paint job, invest in one – it will definitely prove to be money well spent!
- If you haven’t painted or varnished your front door in the last year repaint it, or even consider replacing it.
- If you have brass fittings on your exterior doors or windows – polish them.
- Make sure that your doorway is cobweb free and that your front bell, knocker or buzzer is in good working order.
After ensuring that your house has loads of kerb appeal, it is now time to turn your attention to the interior of your home. The most important thing to remember is that decluttering and some good old-fashioned elbow grease are the main ingredients for giving the inside of your home an almost-instant makeover.
- A fresh coat of paint will instantly clean and renew the interior look of your home. If you are painting, choose neutral colours – no matter what your personal colour preferences are. You must remember to constantly look at your home through the eyes of the buyer. So, while you might like bright colours, chances are that it won’t cater to the taste of most people.
- Neutrals colours and furnishings enhance space and a sense of brightness.
- Having rooms jam-packed with furniture will make them look much smaller.
- Take out unnecessary furniture items and put them in storage until you move.
- Move the furniture around to highlight the spaciousness of each room.
- If you have bookshelves, tidy them up by placing similar-sized books together.
- Make sure everything is dust free.
- Clean curtains and dust down blinds.
- If carpets are looking grubby, have them steam cleaned. You can hire a cleaner yourself or call in the professionals.
- Have wooden floors waxed of polished.
- Clean out all your wardrobes. Much as it may pain you, throw out or give away clothes and other items that you don’t use. Ample storage space is a good selling feature. However, overfilled and untidy closets and shelving may create the impression that there is an overall lack of storage.
- For most buyers the kitchen and the bathroom are the most significant rooms in any house. This is usually due to the fact that they are the most expensive rooms to refit. Make the most of what you have by presenting these rooms in the best possible light.
- Give your kitchen and bathrooms a thorough spring-clean – inside cupboards, cookers, under sinks.
- Make sure that fittings are working properly. Buyers are turned off by leaking taps and dripping showers.
- In the kitchen, make sure that all work surfaces are spotless.
- Remember not to cook strong-smelling foods just before viewings.
- You can renew the look of tiles by whitening the grout. Whitener is available at hardware stores.
- You might want to consider swapping your plastic toilet seat for a wooden one.
- If you have an old shower curtain, replace it with a new one.
- Hide your cheap supermarket toiletries and display well-packaged, expensive-looking ones. Add some candles and new towels.
- Other inexpensive ways of making a difference to your interior include replacing dusty old lampshades, and adding new cushions, throws and tablecloths in luxury fabrics to interiors.
Buy some nice, leafy house plants and fresh flowers to add life to rooms.