For a lot of us, the act of moving home is something that isn’t to be taken lightly. After all, there are so many things that have to align in order to ensure that the next property you move to is the right fit for you and your loved ones. But before all of that, you have to ensure that your current property is ready to go! Of course, so many things change during the sale of a home, and if you found somewhere that is perfect, but your current home is underwhelming, to say the least, you need to work hard at bringing this place up to code. And while you may think it’s something that can be a major expense (something you could do without right now), there are a few simple things you can do to give you your property that makeover to ensure that it sells quickly…
Maximizing Your Curb Appeal
Pretty much any housing blog you come across talks about the impact of curb appeal. If you’ve been living under a rock and you’re trying to sell this lumbering relic, the gist of it is how your property is viewed from the curb. In essence, it’s about making first impressions count.
When preparing your home for viewings, you need to remember that people will have made a decision about a property before they’ve even come through your front door. And while a lot of it is beyond your control, such as the neighborhood, the best you can do is to make sure that the exterior of your property is in keeping with the environment, but also is as presentable as possible. A lick of paint is one of the simple ways to make your exterior exude a shiny sheen, and there are numerous residential painting services to take advantage of, especially if time is of the essence.
And as part of making sure the exterior is as presentable as possible, you shouldn’t neglect the garden or the car parking space. If there’s a crack in the pathway leading up to your front door, and it’s a hazard, this needs to be fixed. After all, you want the first person that views the property to snatch it up, and them tripping up isn’t going to leave them with a good impression. First impressions matter quite a lot.
The Simple Things…
You’ve made the exterior look as good as possible, now it’s time to maximize what the interiors can do. The first thing to think about is lighting. You want the viewer to be able to see everything properly. If there are parts of your home that don’t let the light in as naturally, one simple trick is to put mirrors in this area. Mirrors work well at reflecting light back into the property, overcompensating for a lack of light in that space. But also, look at your light setup, are they the same light bulbs you’ve been using for a couple of years? In which case, a change of every bulb will reinvigorate the space, especially in the kitchen.
Lighting is an integral part of the photos you take of the property to go on the estate agents site. This is something that a lot of people overlook because they believe the property will speak for itself, but you have to highlight the attributes. There is no harm in hiring a professional photographer to capture the space properly. After all, we’ve all seen thoroughly underwhelming images online when looking at properties, that we either dismiss the property completely, or we have to go and see the property for ourselves.
In essence, because people have made up their minds a lot of the time before seeing the property, looking at the practicalities is purely a way for them to double-check that the place is a perfect fit. And this is why decluttering the property, and removing your personality from it is essential. A lot of people believe that they shouldn’t make too much of an effort when it comes to presenting the property to potential buyers, but if you’ve got a lot of items that could do with being put away so you can show how much space the property really has, it’s worth doing.
Make The Viewer Feel “At Home”
When selling anything, the goal is to appeal to the emotions of the purchaser. When the person viewing the place comes by, not only is it essential for you to vacate the property to make a person feel that they can acquaint themselves with your home, you need them to feel that, as soon as they step through the door, they are at home. One simple way to do this is to make sure that your car parking space is empty, so they can physically do the act of pulling up to the drive, getting out, and making that journey “home”. And, if it doesn’t need mentioning, make sure that the house is as clean as humanly possible.
Everybody has their own opinion as to what is “clean”, and as a matter of courtesy, you have to make sure your property is decluttered, and as hygienically clean as possible. Of course, we do not know how the land lies with the buyer, and all we need to do is to show the property for what it really is.
There are things we can do to dress it up a bit, such as giving everything a new lick of paint, but it’s vital to ensure that you are not going overboard with regards to the costs. A little bit of an investment in the garden, as well as making sure that the place is as presentable as possible is essential, but in doing this, you are merely highlighting what is already there.
There is a lot to be said about having the right estate agent to help you along, to ensure the administrative procedures are as stress-free as possible, but the onus is on you, if you want to sell the property as quick as possible, give your home the makeover it needs.