January 16, 2020 3:15 pm
Once the ‘for sale’ sign has been put up it’s only a matter of time before all the anticipated house viewings begin. You want to try to make sure that every room is a selling point. More and more buyers are now searching for houses that stand out to them straight away therefore not only is it important that it is in top condition both internally and externally
Here are a few basic tips on how to get maximum appeal without breaking the bank.
Drive by appeal
Ever heard of the term ‘kerb appeal’? this is where the first steps to preparing you house for viewings should begin. Buyers tend to drive by a home they are interested in before anything else so it’s absolutely vital that they get a good first impression. Tidy up outside your home, mow the lawn and sweep away leaves, remove weeds from paths and driveways, put your bins out of sight or neatly positioned, consider giving your door a coat of paint if it needs it & put some pots and plants outside your home to make it look more inviting, also make sure tidy away children’s toys and clear up any animal mess if needs be.
You must de-clutter! This is arguably one of the most important factors when putting your house up for viewing. De-cluttering is key to making a room look spacious and cleaner, something buyers look for when searching for a home. Make sure features such as fireplaces, and windows can be fully appreciated and visible, try to have as much natural light coming through as possible by opening blinds or pulling curtains, or you could even change lightbulbs to white LED lights. Put away or throw away any items that don’t have a purpose in the room, are broken or don’t match with the aesthetic.
Kitchens are also a vital selling point for a home. Make sure to thoroughly and consistently clean the sinks, fridge, oven, etc. Ensure worktops are polished and cleaned and any other vital viewing piece in the kitchen is on display. Consider small details such as having the fruit bowl stocked, clean towels visible or washing and putting away dishes, you can even look to replacing toasters and kettles that have seen better days to add more appeal.
Bathrooms again are one of the main selling points for buyers, ensure that yours is kept immaculate and clean, scrub the tiled floors, bath, shower sink, toilet, taps, etc and make sure there is no clutter and all cleaning appliances and products are put away. Replace old shower curtains and toilet brushes, and make sure clean towels are folded neatly and are visible in fact, it may even be worth buying some fresh new ones, also ensure there is a fresh aroma, buy some reed diffusers, use air freshener and make sure to open windows.
Once again make sure to de-clutter, this can make a huge difference from making a room look stuffy to spacious and neat. Tidy the beds, try to add little touches such as new bedding, throws and extra pillows to add an appeal factor. If needed give the room a lick of paint, and make sure the room is hoovered and once again has a nice aroma.
Gardens are another selling point, so try to make sure it looks as appealing as possible. Mow the lawn, jet wash tiles, sweep and tidy away any rubbish, put some plants or even lights out to make it look more homely.
- Hoover, sweep and steam the floors throughout the house
- Open windows to let in fresh air, or put the heating on if its during the wintertime
- Ensure there is a nice fresh aroma throughout the house, place candles, reed diffusers, fabric fresheners plug in air fresheners around the house
- Make sure to empty all the bins around the house and move them out of sight
- Not everyone has pets, so if possible, have a friend or family member dog or cat sit during viewing hours
- Pack away children’s toys, paperwork, letters or anything else left lying around the house that adds to the clutter as it isn’t needed
- Try not to leave coats hanging in the hallway, as it makes small spaces appear even smaller and more cramped, pack them away in wardrobes if possible
This post was written by Sara Dakri