Top tips for selling your property
Selling your home can be one of the most stressful and emotional times a person’s life. You can help ease yourself through the process of selling-up by following the top tips below.
Start of by deciding who your target market is. This will determine what you need to do to your home to make it more appealing to your potential buyers. Who do you think will want to buy your home? Will it be a young couple, a family or a retired couple? Once you have thought about your target audience you will need to tailor your space to that group of people, taking care not to totally exclude any other groups that may be interested. For example if you think a young couple will buy your home, you may want to consider showing a spare room as a potential nursery or maybe an office space.
One of the most off-putting things when viewing a property is clutter from the current owner’s personal effects; it can almost feel as if you are intruding! This can make it very hard for a purchaser to imagine themselves in the property, so one of the best things you can do to sell your home is to de-clutter and de-personalise it. Try to neutralise the space as much as possible, removing any very personal items such as family portraits or posters in kids rooms. If you think your target audience are people without kids and you have kids rooms, I would recommend re-decorating those rooms more neutrally to ensure the buyers could envisage themselves in the space.
If you would rather not re-decorate the place, the next best thing is to ensure it is spotless. If your home is dirty and grimy it will not be attractive to potential buyers. You need your buyers to feel relaxed and welcomed into your home. If there are unpleasant sights and smells lingering they will want to get out of the door as fast as they can. If you think your home needs a real deep clean then you might want to consider getting industrial cleaners in as they can make a huge difference. Don’t just stop inside the house, if you have a garden or back yard, make sure it is clear of junk.
As they say, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and a kitchen can be a deal breaker. Even if you don’t have a luxury kitchen, fitted kitchens can create a luxurious feel, so if you are planning on doing some renovation before you sell the kitchen can be the best place to start.
Finally, remember you don’t get a second chance at a first impression. If you have a drive way or an entrance hall it is imperative to make sure it is spotless. No overflowing bins, or driveways full of weeds, no overflowing letter boxes or cobwebs in the hallway. This is where your potential buyers will decide if they like it or they don’t, so put some effort into the first impression your home makes.
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