How to sell your house…fast!
Top tips to help you get top dollar when selling your home.
Thinking of putting your house on the market? The way your home is presented for sale can have a massive impact on how quickly it sells and at what price. Homestaging is often overlooked by many but can add value and serious wow factor to your home.
We’ve got some expert tips from Denise Cable from The Home Styling Company on how to prepare and stage your house to maximise its potential and your investment at the same time.
Online first impressions
Definitely a cliché but absolutely true. You really do only get one chance to make a first impression. Nowadays more than ever, your prospective buyer’s first port of call will probably be to look at your property photographs online. If they don’t like what they see, chances are they’ll be clicking out of your page before you can say ‘sold’ so make sure they show your home in the best possible way.
Quality photography is key
Some estate agents use professional photographers and some don’t. Do you really want your photographs looking like they have been taken by a four-year old? When you have got your photographs, make sure you are happy with them, and if there is something you want changed – just ask.
Phone a friend
Ask someone whose judgement you trust to come and look at your home from a buyer’s perspective – but this will only work if they can be totally honest…so prepare yourself. Ask them to give it to you straight and take it on the chin. Better that a friend notices and gives you time to sort it out, than putting off a buyer for good.
The best bits
What made you fall in love with your house? Make the most of these features so that other buyers can feel the love too. Highlight the fireplace, make sure your bay windows can be seen, clear clutter off your beautiful staircase.
Beds should take centre stage in a bedroom. Fresh white bedding (doesn’t have to be expensive) and four well plumped pillows will make a big difference. Add a couple of cushions and a throw and you will be giving your bedroom the boutique hotel look it deserves.
Fit for purpose
Ensure all rooms have a clear purpose even if this is not how you have chosen to use the space. Is that a play room, a storage room or your office? It can’t be all three. Buyers don’t want to imagine it, they want to see it.
Choose your agent wisely. Cheapest is probably not the best, but then the most expensive is not necessarily the best either. Choose someone who has:
- Expert knowledge of your area
- Recently sold property in your area
- Professional photography
Don’t be greedy
Over pricing your house will mean you will not get as much interest. It will hang around for longer and only then you’ll consider reducing it to a more realistic price but by then you’ll already have lost potential buyers. To sell your house you should have:
- A realistic selling price
- Excellent property presentation
- Great marketing
The ‘goes without saying’ list
Clean everywhere thoroughly – all windows, paintwork and even the front door to give it lots of kerb appeal as this is what buyers will see first. Get rid of everything you are not currently using and banish all pet and kids paraphernalia. Remove smelly bins, fix anything that is broken, lose the family photos and any weird or quirky collections.
Icing on the cake
Just before a viewing, turn on all lamps, put the heating on or open the windows depending on the season. Add flowers, hide or use fresh towels in the bathroom, keep that toilet seat down and spritz a neutral air freshener around. Good luck.
The Home Styling Company, Drayton, Market Harborough LE16 8SA. 07870 751108.