27 Oct How to add £5000 to the value of your home
We know buyers will try to justify why they shouldn’t pay the asking price for your property. Follow our top tips on how best to present your house for sale and eliminate those excuses from their ammunition
First impressions really do count
Step outside your front door and imagine you are seeing it for the first time. There might be some small jobs that will help make the best first impression for buyers. For example are there weeds in the front garden, or is that, long dead, hanging basket still there from the summer? Does the paintwork on the front door & fascia boards paint need a freshen up?
Is a de-clutter in order?
That pile of bits n bobs on the kitchen side needs to go. It’s likely that your buyers are upsizing so it’s important they don’t feel that you have run out of space. The vacuum cleaner & ironing board need to be out of sight.
Overdue odd Jobs?
There might be jobs to finish that will help sell your house more quickly and for the best price. If you had a leak which was fixed but you didn’t get round to re-painting the ceiling it will be the first thing that buyers ask about! Has your naughty cat scratched the carpet? A wider door runner may be a quick cover it up. Does that wonky kitchen cupboard door still need adjusting?
How clean is your house?
Replacing carpets can be expensive but a professional clean might help make the right first impression for buyers. Kitchens and bathrooms need to be sparkling, no-one will buy if they can’t imagine taking a step into your grubby tub or the grill pan is covered in bacon grease! A new set of bedding can give a bedroom a quick refresh.
Not in my back yard!
A few patio pots can brighten up any garden, make sure the lawn is mowed, jet wash the patio and make it look like it’s a space you enjoy spending time in.
Have a sniff!
Strong smells can be a big turn off! Fresh air is the best. Be aware of pet smells, doggy dogs and whiffy litter trays are not pleasant, nor is stale bed linen and smoking inside is a definite No, No nowadays!
You’re not staying!
Buyers need to be able to imagine themselves in the space, it might be time to pack away the family portraits and de-personalise a bit. Don’t make it too clinical but neutral décor will appeal to the majority whereas bright colours may deter some.
I hope you have found this quick guide helpful, these photos are taken from actual properties I have marketed over the last ten years. As you can see there are lots of things that can ‘turn off’ a buyer or give them an excuse to chip the price. If you’d like to have a chat about how to best market your home please call me, Jane Earley, on 07919 090725 or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org