Have you had your property on the market for a while and are struggling to sell? Or are you worried that you might miss out on an onwards purchase if you don’t sell quickly? Here are 10 ideas to help you sell your home faster.
1 – Declutter
Remove any clutter that you not longer need, and consider removing any bulky furniture that makes the room feel small and replacing it with smaller furniture. Potential buyers need to be able to envisage what the property would look like if they were living there. Depersonalising can also help with this, so try to remove any family photos or other related items.
2 – A fresh lick of paint
Giving your walls a fresh lick of paint will give your home a ‘ready to move in’ feel. If you chose lighter colours it will also make your home feel bigger and it will enable the viewers to easily imagine how they could adapt the rooms to fit their needs.
3 – Maximise kerb appeal
First impressions matter, and with a property those impressions are given from the kerb appeal that a property offers. Most buyers make up their minds in the first few minutes of arriving at a property, so if they see old windows and missing roof tiles then they aren’t likely to go into the rest of the viewing with much optimism.
4 – Fix and clean
Make any minor repairs to holes in walls, broken door knobs, cracked tiles and torn or threadbare carpets. Then set about cleaning the property from top to bottom, getting rid of any limescale and unwanted odours. This will make the place more appealing and again allow viewers to focus on imagining themselves living there.
5 – Update the kitchen
The kitchen is the most valuable room in a house. It is worth the most per square foot and can make the difference when buyers are unsure. Consider refacing your kitchen cabinetry as this is much cheaper than installing new ones, but often just as effective.
6 – Light and airy
Hanging wall mirrors in smaller rooms or hallways can make them feel bigger. Simply cleaning windows inside and out can also help, and by replacing any broken light bulbs you can instantly brighten the place up. If you still have dark corners, make sure that you have lamps on to enlighten these dark spots.
7 – Light a fire
If you have a fire and it is a cold winters day, make sure you light it. It can not only make the place feel cosier, but it will also give off a lovely, inviting aroma.
8 – Make it look pretty
Make sure that you have fresh flowers throughout your home to not only make your property feel homely, but it will also get rid of any unwanted smells, which leads nicely onto our next point.
9 – Get the right smells
Bad smells are really influential to potential buyers so make sure to clear drains, wash bins, open windows, air the kitchen from old cooking smells, get rid of furniture that is embedded with cigarette smoke, and wash any grimy bed sheets. Good smells can make a property feel like an alluring home. While it might be unrealistic to bake fresh bread, cakes or brownies for every viewer that visits your home, you could perhaps brew some fresh coffee.
10 – Fix Pet Issues
Vacuum any pet hair and make sure that all litter trays and pet bedding is clean. Address these issues before potential buyers visit the home as pet smells are a serious turn off when trying to sell your home.