‘What do we need to do to show our property in its best light?’ This is possibly the question I am asked most often when appraising a property for sale. Almost every time, my answer is not to spend any money. Rarely will a seller reap financial benefit by replacing a bathroom or laying new flooring in the hallway. Instead, it’s far better to keep your money for improvements to the next home you buy. If your property does require updating, it allows the buyers to come in and decide what they want to do; after all, selling a house is about being able to market it to the widest audience possible and every time you personalise the space you are reliant upon the buyer liking what you have done. Here are my top tips for preparing a property to sell:
Declutter: I would always advise my clients to declutter, whether it be an untidy study or children’s toys littered everywhere. This serves two purposes: firstly, a tidy house gives the impression of a cared for house and secondly, you want the buyers to see the space in a room and not have their eye distracted by the scattered pieces of a jigsaw.
Make the most of your garden: most people take pride in their outside space and put a good deal of effort into their gardens at this time of year, so you need to compete. During the winter, gardens are viewed from the sitting room window, but in the spring and summer months buyers will want to explore every corner of the garden. Think about what they will find and try to create an inviting space for them to picture themselves spending time in.
Create a clear identity for each room: make sure this is true for every room; most buyers find it very hard to envisage a bed in an empty bedroom and can get confused as to whether a room is a nursery/study/small bedroom etc, so giving identity to the room helps buyers picture how they would use the house.
Create curb appeal: if you drove past your house would you want to go inside? First impressions count in all walks of life, not least in property purchasing. Does the front wall look like it is about to fall down? Is the gate hanging off its hinges? Are there still leaves unswept in the driveway from last winter?
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Tim Firth, Director, Weybridge Sales
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