When it comes to selling your house everyone knows this can be a lengthy process, we see houses that are sat on the market for months sometimes even years. However this doesn’t have to be the case, there are a number of things you can do yourself that can help boost a sale and get the best price. If you try some of these simple things before getting a house valuation it could help you get the best price and a quicker sale.
1. First Impressions
Presentation is everything, everyone wants a nice clean space to live in and if your house does not give this illusion then it can instantly put people off, especially if they are looking online for a house like (the norm these days). If the pictures look dark and doesn’t show the space well then the chances are you won’t get many viewings. I was once told that people decide within the first 10 seconds whether or not they like a house so first impressions really are important and can go a long way which can help you get the best price for your home.
2. Blank Canvas
First things first, turn your house into a blank canvas – make it look fresh and new so that whoever comes to view your house can see it as a clean space and picture their own furniture within the layout. To do this you need to make it neutral, start by getting rid of any patterned wallpaper that may not be to everyone’s taste. The odd feature wall is fine as long as it is soft and in a small area, for example a chimney breast. Secondly give a fresh coat of paint to the walls around the house, try sticking to colours such as white and creams as these make the place look fresh and clean and again are neutral and won’t put people off, personally I prefer cream as it has a warmer and more homely feel as sometimes white can seem a bit stark.
Once you have freshly decorated walls look at your furniture, is it positioned in a way that utilises the space available? Does it block pathways? For example I once looked round a house that had a corner sofa in a very small living room which meant that as soon as you walked in the door you were automatically stopped by one side of the sofa which makes the room seem smaller and less inviting. Try to think of ways in which you can organise your furniture that makes the room seem bigger, even if this is not how you would normally have it, when you think of how show rooms have their furniture it is not always in positions that as a family you would place them but they have been cleverly placed to maximise the space and almost trick you into thinking it is bigger.
4. Keep it minimal and tasteful
Next have a look at your belongings such as ornaments. Again it is important to remember that everyone has different tastes so try to keep it minimal and tasteful. If you like having lots of ornaments up and being surrounded by things then just try putting some away for now and remember that it is not forever, once you have sold your house you can put whatever you like on display in your new home. This will de-clutter the rooms and make it seem bigger and fresher.
5. Storage and Cleanliness
Next on the list is smell and cleanliness. Always ensure your house as clean as possible, mops floors so they are sparkling, brighten the windows to make the house lighter, Pick up any clothes or kids toys that are hanging around when you have a viewing. Although this seems obvious and simple it can make all the difference. One of the main things a lot of people are looking for when buying a house is storage, so by keeping the place clean and tidy you are showing that you have adequate storage for the size of the house. Try lighting a candle or adding an air fresher to make your home seem inviting.
6. Outside is important too
It is important to look at the outside of the house too, if it has overgrown plants and weeds everywhere then people will see that it is unkempt and will instantly think of the work that needs doing. So sweep the pathways, pull out any weeds and trim any plants that need it. If paintwork is chipping give it a fresh lick of paint so that the house looks as inviting as possible and won’t put people off before they have even come inside.
Utilise these 6 tips to help you get the best price for your home before you getting an evaluation.
**This is a collaborative post written by my sister-in-law and I**