Just a few weeks remain until one of the busiest times of the year for the property market. Experts are advising sellers to get their properties ready for sale as soon as possible to prevent missing out, especially since competition is expected to be fierce this year. Sellers should ensure they are one step ahead of the rest, and now is the ideal time to put your home on the market.
Are you considering putting your property on the market this year? You’ll want to make it stand out from the crowd and draw as much attention as possible to ensure you achieve the best price achievable.
Our property experts have extensive knowledge about the current market and will always give your property our full attention when accompanying viewings, but there are always small changes you can make to ensure your property is in excellent shape and ready for even the most difficult viewer.
We want to share our top tips to get your property ready for sale this year:
- Neutralise Your Home
There’s nothing wrong with expressing yourself in your home, but if you’re selling, bright colours and animal print accent walls won’t appeal to everyone. If this sounds like your home, then maybe you should consider some simple changes in your décor and paint with neutral colours such as off-white, magnolia, greys, or pastels.
Your home will be significantly more appealing to potential buyers and allow them to picture themselves living in your property.
- Freshen up the décor
Following on from our first tip, it’s easy to overlook the fact that the décor is looking a little tired when you’re fond of your home, but this is one of the first things that buyers will notice when seeing your property for the first time.
If you have outdated curtains, rugs, or wallpaper, it will make your property appear dark and gloomy, and could put your viewers off. Consider buying new rugs and neutral curtains to make your home feel modern and cosy.
Updating your décor is a simple way to give your property a warm feel and create a welcoming ambiance.
- Lighten Up
Lighting is an important element that should not be overlooked when preparing your home for sale. There are a few simple lighting techniques that you can take advantage of to make your house appear more spacious and enticing to potential buyers.
It may be as simple as placing a mirror opposite a window to reflect light or installing high-voltage bulbs. If your rooms have blackout blinds or curtains, make sure they are open before any viewings to avoid the rooms feeling dark or miserable.
- First Impressions Are Important
You’re unlikely to make a sale at first sight, but you may certainly lose one! It’s time to get your gardening gloves on and clean up your overgrown lawn, overgrown weeds, and muddy front door.
Kerb appeal is vital since many potential buyers will take a ‘drive by’ to have a look at the house before a viewing, making their first impression the foundation of someone’s opinion of your property.
- Clean, clean, clean
One thing that the Covid19 instilled in us is the value of keeping things clean. Potential buyers want neat homes with clean surfaces that can be wiped down easily. After you’ve decluttered, give your house a thorough clean to make it appear fresh and inviting. A clean and tidy space will be more appealing to viewers.
- Depersonalise Your Home
Even though it’s your home, buyers may want to visualise themselves living there, so having images of people your viewers don’t know all over the house may be off-putting. You don’t have to take down every family photo because you’re still living there, but there’s still a difference between making a home appear lived in and loved and presenting it as someone else’s ideal home!
Looking to sell? Avoid missing out on the market high and book a valuation with one of our expert agents.