Selling your home can be one of the most stressful times of your life if you don’t pitch it perfectly. There is, after all, a lot on the line and in a crowded and competitive market, it’s not as simple as it used to be. Instead of simply putting your home on the market and letting the estate agents work their magic, now there’s a decent amount of groundwork you’ll need to do if you want to compete with the hundreds of other people in your area also trying to move up or down the property ladder.
So, here we’ll be focusing on a few tips and tricks that should give you the upper hand!
Research – Do your due diligence and make sure you’ve scoped out the local market. You need to know who and what you’re competing against if you hope to make an impression and it’s never been easier to peek in on the competition thanks to property websites such as Rightmove and Zoopla.
Deep clean – First impressions are vital so if your home is covered in dirt, grime and dust then potential buyers are not going to look at it favourably. Before you even consider accepting viewers, spend a good weekend ensuring your home is spotless. Call in the professionals if you have to! Decluttering is also important, as the less clutter there is in your home, the more the viewers will be able to focus on the home itself.
A fresh lick of paint – A simple and cost-effective way to revitalise a home is to get out the paint cans and the rollers. A room could potentially be transformed by a new colour or even a second coat of the existing colour. Remember, however, to keep colours neutral wherever possible as you want your home to be a blank canvas.
Simplify – As the old adage goes, sometimes you have to spend money to make money. Buying new furniture for a home you’re going to sell might seem counterproductive, but you’d be amazed how much larger a room can look f you replace a big bulky standing wardrobe with an elegant Hammonds sliding wardrobe or swap out the oversized kitchen table with a more elegant breakfast bar.
De-personalise – This is a big ask, as it’s the little personal touches that make a house into a home, but remember, you don’t want this to be your home for much longer. Cast sentimentality aside and try to remove all personal traces from your home (where possible). As we’ve already established, people viewing a home want to see it as a blank canvas to cast their own personal items and styles onto and that will be difficult for them if there are family pictures and gizmos all over the place.
Selling your home doesn’t need to be stressful. Follow the tips above and take your time finding the right estate agent and your home should be on the market for no more than a few weeks.