What do you see when you approach your property from the outside? Put yourself in the mind of a potential buyer and take note of all the good and bad points outside of your property. These are the points you need to jot down to give you your list of where to start. Is your driveway clear of weeds and rubble? Ensure that garden furniture has been washed down and/or revarnished to create a fresh look. Whatever the size of your garden, tidying and clearing up after the winter helps a lot. Trim back bushes and hedges, do the weeding, cut the grass and wash down your front door. You don’t have to be an expert gardener as the main goal is to tidy up so that the outside area is easy on the eye.
Fixing and cleaning
We’re all guilty of putting off DIY and odd jobs throughout the year but if you’re planning on selling, find the motivation to get them done to impress prospective buyers. Take care of minor problems where possible, holes in the walls, broken door knobs, cracked tiles, and threadbare carpets. Some buyers won’t be put off by having to tackle minor DIY jobs, for others these small details can be a deal breaker.
It’s often said that the single biggest turn off for a prospective buyer is a bad smell. It’s important to deal with the source of any bad odours, rather than trying to cover them up. It’s possible that your pets could be the source of unpleasant smells you’re not aware of. If there’s a smoker in the house it’s worth refraining from smoking indoors while selling, and air the place out before any viewing appointments. It’s said that the smell of home baking can be immediately appealing to buyers, but it’s worth being aware that strong cooking smells can also be off-putting. Perhaps refrain from cooking before and during a viewing.
In order for prospective buyers to see your property in the best light, the easiest task is to simplify what’s seen in each room. Cushions, throws, candles and photo frames can look homely and attractive however magazine piles, stacks of old trainers and used product bottles aren’t. Look to spring clean your home whatever time of year it is to ensure you only have what you use regularly in sight. If you use something regularly which isn’t aesthetically pleasing, find a cupboard to store it in whilst a viewing is taking place.
If you’re able to give the walls a fresh lick of neutral paint it can make a huge difference to the sense of space in the property, and by creating a blank canvas you enable those potential buyers looking at your property online or in your brochure to imagine how they would decorate the house to their own tastes.
Some details that can give a property that sought after light and airy feeling are hanging wall mirrors to make rooms look bigger, cleaning windows inside and out, and brightening up any dark corners of the property with lamps. If you can, dress the windows with curtains or blinds and add a little colour and life with some small plants, flowers or a fruit bowl on the kitchen counter.