Following the vast political uncertainty of last year, in contrast, this year things are looking up! The housing market is buoyant ahead of Brexit; mortgage rates are good; and the industry is reporting that rental prices across the country are on the up.
So, if you’re looking to make a change this year, now’s the time to start thinking about what you can do to make your home looking inviting to potential buyers. Here are our hot tips for getting your home ready.
Here’s where you can really have a play around with home staging, but, first thing’s first, make sure your home is tidy and clean. Mess and clutter will not make a good impression, but clean surfaces and neatly arranged rooms will.
Why not think about the senses, too? Instead of stark, bright overhead lighting, why not use softer, mellower fairy lights standard lamps to light rooms? Smell is also important, so why not put on a fresh pot of coffee if you’re expecting viewers, or having fresh flowers in the entrance? You could also put the radio on quietly to fill the property with some quiet music, and give the heating a quick boost before anyone arrives so your home is nice and cosy. All of these touches will make people feel like they’re being invited into a home, and help them envision themselves living there.
Whatever you do decide on, just make sure you put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer. If you were walking into your property for the first time, ask yourself what would sell the property to you?
First impressions begin before a potential buyer has stepped inside your property, so try and making the property look nice on the outside as well as inside. This could be simple touches, such as displayed a bouquet of flowers in a window, giving the front door a wipe down, or giving the front garden (if you have one) some maintenance. Anything you can do to make your home more inviting from the outside is a big bonus.
We all know that selling your house can be a bit of a trial, and that things can grind to a halt with the wrong solicitors or mortgage advisors pushing the deal through. So, here’s some advice:
- Firstly, instruct your solicitor and mortgage advisers early. Trying to find the right people to work on your behalf takes time, so start thinking about this before you put your house on the market; it will save you time in the long run
- Work with your estate agent. They’re there to help, so use them! Let them help you set up a plan for marketing, discuss with them what your upper and lower offer boundaries are, and be as clear as you can about what you want and need from them. Communication is key to getting your sale through.
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