If you are thinking of selling your home, presentation is key. It is all about the presentation. We all know that saying ‘First Impressions Count’.
You only get one shot at making a first impression and when it comes to putting your house on the market, the same rule applies. You want to ensure that you get the most out of your property, so the trick is to add the greatest perceived value without putting a hole in your wallet.
Here are some tips and tricks from Savings Guide to help you get your home ready for sale.
Improving the exterior of your house to entice buyers
Is your home eye-catching? Does it entice others to want to look inside? The first thing that potential buyers see when they view a property is the exterior. They do this before they even walk through the gates. Your house could be perfect inside but if it appears unkempt from the outside, your exterior may just be a deterrence. A well maintained exterior gives the impression that the house is well looked after and cared for.
You want to ensure that the front of your property appears alluring and inviting. You can do this with a weed-free and well groomed garden. Keep the lawn and plants neat and trimmed, and do not forget to add some eye-catching pot plants for that extra touch. Give your gate, fences and patio a clean to rid them of cobwebs and dust, and if the paint job is looking a bit tired and has started to fade, then perhaps a fresh coat of paint is in order. The same goes for the front door. It is all about the looks after all.
Clean your house and brighten every room
When you step foot into a house for the very first time, nothing is more appealing than the brightness and space around you. Clean everything. This is a no brainer. Toilets, bathrooms, kitchen, laundry area, garage, bedrooms, living room, dining room, study, every room that you have – clean them. Your house should be neat, clean and free from debris.
Clean your house from top to bottom – give the carpets a deep steam and shampoo, and the tiles a good shine. Ensure that windows are cleaned, inside and out, curtains and blinds dusted and drawn. You want as much natural light as you can to shine through your windows.
Do what you can to make your house bright and cheery as it will appear more desirable that way.
Declutter your house to give a greater illusion of space
The more items you have in a room, the smaller the room will look. The idea is to transform your home and create an illusion for the rooms to exude more space. First step is to remove all the unnecessary clutter. For example, while photographs may seem like a great idea, it really is not.
You want the prospective buyer to feel like the house is theirs and those photographs hanging around the house may just remind them that the house is still yours. Take the home out of your house. Replace photographs and personal keepsakes with mirrors to increase the sense of space. Adorn your house with only the most critical pieces of furniture and decor.
Wardrobes and drawers should be left half full with nothing lying around on the floors. Keep it simple with the basics but not completely empty. This will help potential buyers to imagine where their furniture would go.
Repair and replace noticeably old or deteriorated items
If your carpets are worn and old, perhaps it is time to replace them. Any flooring with stains, damages or those that are worn beyond repair should be replaced. Refinish any hardwood floors that are covered in scuffs or have lost their lustre. Just the smallest sight of stains or damage can very well turn your potential buyers away and straight out the door.
From leaky taps to a broken bulb, creaky hinges or small cracks, do not overlook these minor repairs and make sure that you take care of them. This will help prevent potential buyers from finding any faults or problems with your house.
Ensure your house smells clean and fresh; don’t over do it though
Smell can have either a positive or negative impact on a house. Do your best to eliminate all odours, be it smoke, pet or mustiness. Your house needs to be fresh and inviting. On inspection day, open up a few windows and let the fresh air fill your house and burn a lightly scented candle or two for that added aroma. Do not overdo it though. Steer clear of incense and overpowering scented candles. Place the candles in a walk through area, and brighten up the place with fresh flowers.
Show no signs of owning pets
While we all love our pets, others may not feel the same way. Not everyone is a pet lover. It would be for the better if your pets are not around during the house inspection. Their litter and food can be smelly, so ensure to keep these secure and as far away as possible from your potential home buyers. Ensure your house is free of your pets’ fur. Do not let your potential buyers spot any of your little friends fur on your furniture or carpet.
A well-presented home can potentially achieve more than a poorly presented one. Remember, it is all about the appeal. The key is to tantalise all senses. Buyers do and will judge on the appearance of the house.
Now it is show time. You are ready to show off your beautiful house to your prospective buyers.