Selling a property is a big decision and requires good preparation. If you’re planning to take advantage of what is normally a busy time for the housing market, it’s vital to give your home the best chance of attracting new owners. This is where decluttering and interior design come into play.
1. Decluttering is key
If you’ve already managed to arrange a couple of viewings, make sure you clean and organise your house before the visitors arrive. Remember that the biggest reason many people give for moving house is lack of space in their current place, hence why decluttering will really make the difference. If you aren’t ready to throw the sentimental bits just yet, you can put them in your local storage and sort them out later. Another barrier is potential buyers not being able to picture themselves in your home. Try to create a clean canvas for them by storing away any personal trinkets and possessions where possible.
2. Mask imperfections
If you’re aiming to sell with a profit, you should consider making some improvements prior to putting your property on the market. Your renovation check-list should comprise small fix-ups such as patching up holes and cracks in walls and ceilings and neutralising wall paint colour. If you feel it’s going to be a real bone of contention with buyers, you might also want to consider more comprehensive renewals like repairing a leaky roof or replacing worn carpeting.
3. Go outdoors
Did you know that a well-maintained garden can add 20% to your property value? Yes, you’ve heard that right – now is the time to spare a thought for your garden (both front and back), which – let’s face it – might need some love after the winter season. And don’t forget to give a fresh lick of paint to your fence too!
4. Think about first impressions
Studies have shown that we make up our minds about people within seconds of meeting them. When it comes to selling a house, bear in mind that if a buyer doesn’t like the exterior of your home you’ll never get them inside, so think about revamping your front door to make a welcoming entrance. This might for example, include replacing an old doorknob or putting up a stainless-steel house number.
5. Create an experience
Did you know that choosing a right scent can help to sell your property? A survey conducted by Air Wick has revealed that the scent of freshly baked bread is the most popular homely aroma that encourages people to buy a house. Not so good at baking? Use an old trick of boiling some water and throwing in a few cinnamon sticks an hour before a viewing to give the impression of freshly baked goods.