By Chelsea Thomas, Property Expert for GetAgent.co.uk – The Estate Agent Comparison Site.
When it comes to selling a home, it is likely that you may not have that much experience, with most people living in their homes for many years. For most of us, getting the best price for our family nest is of the utmost importance. When valuing your home, a good Estate Agent will take a lot of aspects into account – location, area, your property, decoration and floor plans among many other things! So it’s no secret that it’s important to get the BEST Estate Agent to make sure they get you the best price for your property… It’s then your job to dress your home to impress!
You’re showing off your beautiful home… not your beautiful nick-nacks. Although you want your home to have a warm feeling, you should remove all personal items which are not needed. Of course keep out the odd family photo & decorative item, but the rule of thumb to follow is to remove ½ of items in cupboards, bookshelves, wardrobes. Buyers will look inside of storage so do not stuff all of your unwanted things into cupboards!
GetAgent Tip: Look for local storage to store all those items that do not need to be on show. Some storage units offer you special deals of £1 for the first month! If you haven’t missed the items by the time you move into your new home, consider adding them to the de-clutter pile!
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2. Who knew… green sells
Did you know that living plants make us feel at ease? By adding plants to your kitchen shelves you can change the dynamic and feeling of the room, an orchid in the bathroom will add a splash of colour (and they last well!) and fresh flowers on top of your bedroom drawers will create a peaceful feel.
Fresh open flowers with lots of green foliage is also beneficial for coffee tables, entrance rooms & in small spaces where they will have a bigger impact.
GetAgent Tip: If you have more than one day of viewings, ensure Flower water & vases are always clean and fresh!
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3. Show off your assets
Depending on the seasons, make sure you show off your home’s assets, get a firelit in the winter, make sure nothing is underneath that beautiful freestanding roll top bathtub. With those extra unused rooms, stage them with a purpose such as a study or guest room so potential buyers can see how they will be able to use the rooms.
(Image c/o Lizzie Benton / Moods Sandle-wood)
4. Treat your home to new accessories
Is your hallway mat looking tired? Throws been clawed by the cats? Pillows lost their shape?
Having fresh accessories will change the whole feeling of your home, and they can be so inexpensive! Treat your home to throws, new cushions, scatter pillows, plush clean white towels, a new rug and a door mat. Rule of thumb here is that if it looks tired… throw it out or replace it!
To add extra appeal to your bedroom adding a new plump duvet and extra pillows will give your bedroom that Magazine ‘Wow’ appearance.
GetAgent Tip: Remember to think of your property as a whole rather than as individual rooms, using similar colour/style accessories in each room will pull the rooms together rather than making them feel segmented.
5. DIY… Or get someone in!
Do you have paint chipping? A sticky bathroom lock? Dripping tap? Get those jobs done!
Giving your property a fresh lick of paint pre-sale day isn’t a secret, but you may be interested to know that coupled with updating flooring & new light fixtures, painting your property is high on the list of how to make your property sell fast!
If you have scratched wooden flooring consider sanding it or tarting it up with wax. Stained horrid carpets? Then consider getting rid of them to reveal the hard floor or getting off-cuts of a neutral colour carpet which can be bought cheaply.
It could be cheaper to get a handy-man on a day rate to come in and help you finish all those odd jobs… Although you will be spending money on a property you will be leaving, you will gain more back on the value of your property sale.
GetAgent Tip: The kitchen is the heart of the home so if you have a tired kitchen and little funds to replace it, consider cupboard paints to give it a new lease of life. You can also use this trick in the bathroom with tile paints! If you have an old sink, toilet and tub, seriously consider replacing them.
6. Bright light bulbs
Having lots of light in a room can really help sell a property. Adding lamps into dark corners can make all the difference and although energy efficient bulbs are okay for everyday use, get new bright bulbs for every room and make sure they are all on and working. That way, when you flip that light switch, your room is dazzling and lit to its best!
7. Dressing kids rooms
If you have children, it will not be unusual for their rooms to be brightly coloured. This is something buyers will expect so unless the room looks tired with peeling paper and paint, it should be ok not to repaint.
Having said that; make sure childrens rooms are Mary Poppins style tidy. Put toys into boxes and load them into the storage unit or the boot of your car for easy access. Leave out a few choice toys in the room – a doll house, books neatly on the bookshelf, a single teddy on the bed rather than 30 piled high.
If you have room, adding an armchair to the corner of your childs bedroom can also improve its sellability, add a complimenting cosy throw to tie it into the room, a perfect place for bedtime stories!
(Image c/o Sawyer Berson via Decorpad)
8. Curb appeal
Stand outside your property and try to look at it as if it were the first time… if you were buying your home today, what could you scrutinise?
Although gaining curb appeal is a whole blog in itself, it is no secret that first impressions count. Come rain or shine get outside and mow the grass, put the rubbish bins out of sight, clean your windows, replace your window boxes, trim bushes, jet wash the pathways, remove weeds from the driveway, give your front door a fresh lick of paint, a handle and a knocker. Even take your car for a wash and wax so come sales day, everything is bright and shiney.
If you would like a FREE no obligation valuation on how much your home could be worth, visit us at GetAgent.co.uk.
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