Preparing or 'staging your house' can not only ensure
you a swift sale, but could potentially add thousands of pounds in
value to your property. Below are our top tips for ensuring that
you maximise your property's potential:
Clear the clutter
If your house looks as though you have outgrown it, chances are
that any potential buyer will feel that the house is too small for
them. We recommend that you remove any large items of
furniture that make a room feel small and clear any clutter
into storage. Although an added expense, it will help the potential
buyer visualise your house in its best light.
A fresh lick of paint
A fresh coat of neutral paint can add value to your
house with minimal expense. The neutral walls can make
the rooms appear larger, brighter and can help the buyer visualise
the house's potential.
Fix, tidy and clean
Thoroughly clean your house, making sure you don't neglect
under and around furniture, as well as in and on top of
cupboards. Make any minor repairs that you have been meaning
to get to, such as broken tiles or leaky taps. Cut back shrubs and
bushes in the garden and clean any garden furniture. Remove
limescale and polish bathroom fittings, hang fresh towels and
ensure bedding is crisp and clean. Bring the outside in by adding
fresh cut flowers or pot plants to each room.
The first thing a potential buyer will see of your house is its
exterior. Follow the same approach as inside and make sure that
everything is clean, tidy and in a good state of repair. This
includes sprucing up your garden, steps, front door and any
other areas between the street and your front door.
Follow your nose
Nasty odours can be extremely off-putting. Don't
attempt to mask the smell, fix the source of it. Unblock drains,
clean bins and air the kitchen from stale cooking odours.
Conversely, good smells can make a property feel welcoming. While
it might be impractical to bake fresh bread or brownies for every
viewing, you could perhaps brew some fresh coffee or light a
scented candle or two.
Let there be light
Open up all the windows to let natural light in. Pay attention
to window dressings and ensure they are clean and not too heavy.
Add lamps or brighter bulbs to dim areas. Hang wall mirrors to
reflect light and give the illusion of more space. Remember a
bright, light room will feel bigger.
Prepare your lawyer
Even before your house receives offers for purchase, you should
have a lawyer in place. Not only will this ensure that you are able
to proceed quickly when a buyer is found, it will also give your
lawyer an opportunity to check through the title and documentation
for your house and ensure that matters are in order. For
example, if you have replaced your windows, your lawyer will need a
copy of the guarantee and other certification. Providing this
information to your lawyer at an early stage will cut down on the
number of delays which can arise during a conveyancing process.
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