Whether your home is already on the market or you’re considering putting it up for sale soon, there are a few things you can do to help give buyers that all-important perfect first impression.
1. Get your house in order
Do you have any old furniture, baby toys or kitchen appliances that you’ve been meaning to get rid of? If so, don’t just take them to the tip – you can often make a bit of extra cash by listing them for sale on places like eBay or Facebook Marketplace (if it’s safe to do so under current guidelines). Not only will you make some quick money, but you’ll also make your house less cluttered for viewings. You could also put these things aside, for example in a shed, to deal with them later.
A less cluttered house is even more important if buyers are having virtual viewings. The less there is, the more clearly they’ll be able to see your rooms – and imagine themselves living in your house.
2. Get your neighbours’ houses in order
However immaculate your home might be, if it’s next to messy or unkempt neighbours it could affect those first impressions. Perhaps you could spare a few hours to help your neighbours out with their garden, or to give their windows a fresh lick of paint?
Alternatively, if you have a verge near your property that’s maintained by the local council, you may wish to ask permission to cut the grass in advance of any viewings.
3. Consider a rebrand
Did you know that giving your home a name instead of a number could make it more appealing? For example, changing your home’s address from 36 Cliff Road to Cherry Tree Cottage could boost its value by a few thousand pounds and help it sell faster. Ask your local council for more information – they’ll let you know how to do it, and coordinate with the Royal Mail to make everything official.
4. Add a splash of colour
It’s not for everyone, but if your house looks like every other one in the street, it’s not going to be that memorable from the outside. A row of terraces, for example, typically only differ by the style of door.
What if you were to go a little wild and put a coat of paint on the outside of your property? The good news is that, if done tastefully, it can add value!
Our advice here is to choose a light pastel shade or perhaps highlight your windows in a complimentary colour. The idea is to stand out slightly, but not too much. If you go for bright yellow, baby pink or a vivid purple, you run the risk of making a negative first impression.
5. Don’t forget the nooks and crannies
That wobbly stair banister, the loose window handle, the dripping bathroom sink; they’re all things you’ve been meaning to quickly fix but haven’t got around to. If prospective buyers notice that small items haven’t been kept up with, it might leave a bit too much room to wonder what else you’ve missed maintaining – and how big a job it might be.
Whether you or your estate agent conduct viewings, remember that buyers ill be looking very closely at everything. You might be used to that dripping tap, but it’s likely to put a buyer off when they’re thinking about buying their biggest asset.
6. Be a cheerleader for your local area
If you’re conducting your own viewings, remember that you’re not just selling the home; you’re also selling the local area. For example, are there good schools nearby? Is the crime rate low? Has your community really come together during the pandemic to do something amazing? It can all add value to a buyer, so have that info at the top of your mind before you or your agent meet a viewer.
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