Selling your home is regarded as being one of the most stressful processes you can go through.
Being prepared and taking some well thought steps to get your home looking its best can substantially reduce stress and help to achieve a quick sale.
British real estate agent comparison website www.getagent.co.uk has compiled some top tips for selling a house, including making the right impression, getting professional pictures taken and choosing the right estate agent.
Increase your property’s kerb appeal
The outside of your property is the first chance to ‘wow’ potential buyers and investors, and to get them interested in seeing more. Little things can make a huge difference for a quick sale and to the kerb appeal of your house, so make sure you cut any grass, sweep paths and halls, move your rubbish out of view and clean anything unsightly. For colour think about adding inexpensive flowers to make a statement and provide a focal point. Make sure that any external windows and doors are in good condition, are clean, and all latches and handles are in working order.
Repair and clean
Many buyers want to a quick sale and to move into a house without having to make changes, so making minor repairs is an important factor when selling. Fix any fixtures or fittings that are broken. It is also a good idea to replace any threadbare or well-worn carpets or floor tiles, as this could put off potential buyers. When staging your home for viewings it is imperative the property is clean and tidy. You don’t want it to be a show home and look unlived in, but a good clean will make the house more presentable.
Watch out for smells
Bad smells are known to be one of the biggest turn offs for prospective buyers and investors, so making sure that your drains and sinks are clean, your food bin is disinfected and that your house is aired out can make a big difference. Professional real estate agents have been using pleasant smells to sell houses for many years. Freshly baked bread, cakes and muffins are popular, but impractical for most home sellers, but brewing fresh coffee or lighting a citrus-scented candle can help express a homely feel during viewings.
If potential buyers cannot see themselves living in a property, it is harder for them to make a decision. People often find this difficult when looking around houses and one of the major reasons for this is clutter. Think about moving or storing any bulky furniture, and try to declutter as much as possible, but leave some of your personality to shine through. Open spaces and neutral colours make small rooms feel bigger, and make it easier for buyers to imagine their belongings in the space.
A fresh lick of paint
Many home buyers are looking for a blank canvas; something they can customise, and they are much more likely to be interested by neutral colours than bold ones. Neutral colours will also help to make your home seem lighter and bigger and allow viewers to easily envisage how they could adapt the room to their needs. Light blues, pale greys and pastel yellows are all good colour choices and provide a relaxing, warm and inviting feel to a room.
Adding finishing touches
Make sure that all of the windows are dressed properly with blinds, curtains or net curtains as windows without any dressing tend to make a room feel impersonal and run down. Wall-mounted mirrors can make a room feel bigger, and are perfect for providing a light and airy feel to dark areas. Add a touch of colour by bringing plants and flowers into the house. Fruit bowls are also a good option and provide a wonderful smell too. Cushions and throws are an ideal choice for adding inexpensive pops of colour to a room and to convey a comfortable and warming feeling.
Spend money to make money
This tip may seem a bit counter intuitive but spending a little bit of money before selling your home can pay off in the long run. Simple updates, such as changing the bathroom tiles or adding new cabinet doors in the kitchen, can make a big a difference to the sale ability and value of a property. A real estate estate agent can make recommendations on what types of updates and conversions can add the most value, as well as advise you of what prospective buyers are looking for property wise in the local area.
Find the right real estate agent
Finding the right real estate agent is key to a quick sale, and for the right price. Your agent will value your property, market your home to potential buyers, handle viewings and liaise with solicitors. Finding a professional and informed real estate agent that knows the local area, trends and provide a good service is imperative for a quick sale. Recommendations from friends and family are always good to follow up on, however doing the research and comparing agents can help you pay less fees and get more money for your house.
Hire a professional photographer
Whether you are hiring a local agent or are putting your home for sale through an online agent, a picture tells a thousand words so don’t cut any corners here. Although some agents have their own photographers, many do not, and taking pictures usually falls to the agents themselves. This can cause lacklustre or dull pictures being marketed by the estate agents which could put people off. Stand out from the crowd, achieve a quick sale and get your house noticed by hiring a professional photographer. For a small fee they will make sure that your house is presented and staged in the best way possible to attract the most potential home buyers.