Selling your home can seem like a daunting task, especially if you’ve had a few viewings and no offers yet. But there are lots of simple ways you can make a difference. Try our five suggestions – you won’t believe how easy it can be.
1. First impressions count – don’t put your buyer off before they’ve even come in. Making sure your windows are clean and any window frames and doors are freshly painted will instantly smarten up your house. A mown lawn instantly gives a smarter appearance too. Keep any paved areas weed free and give it a sweep. Potted plants can add extra kerb appeal.
2. Cut the clutter – a good de clutter inside and out makes a huge difference instantly, making your home feel more spacious. We all accumulate clutter on a daily basis; from that pile of post waiting for attention, to pictures on the mantelpiece, magnets on the fridge – now is the time to be ruthless! Decluttering not only creates a better first impression but also makes packing easier when you do move – so it really is a win-win. This article from Good Housekeeping has some great decluttering tips.
3. The hearts of the home – Rooms that have the biggest impact are without doubt the kitchen and bathroom. It doesn’t have to cost a lot to get these rooms looking their best. It’s essentially that they are sparkling clean. A fresh lick of paint could cover up any grubby corners, and re-grouting tiles will make them look fresh and new again. Perhaps a new piece of furniture or modern accessories in these rooms might give them a boost. Wall hung vanity units are very on trend in bathrooms right now, and will freshen and tidy a bathroom instantly.
4. A neutral update – Repaint marked or scuffed walls, preferably in neutral colours. Clean and freshly painted rooms look light and airy and leave a blank canvas for potential buyers to imagine putting their own stamp on. Elle Décor has some great advice on neutral shade trends for 2019.
5. Dot the i’s and cross the t’s – Every home has little quirks that you’ve learnt to live with – but a potential buyer won’t warm to. Are there any loose handles, kitchen cupboards that don’t close properly, dripping taps or a wonky shelf? Look at your home with fresh scrutiny, and make the effort to get fix the little things. It will pay dividends.
Now you’re good to go… unless, of course, your home’s fresh new look is too good to leave!