Clutter can make a space look smaller than it is and has been listed as one of the top buyer turn-offs. Look out for the following which often cause clutter:
Remember, if you do a clear out now, there will be less to do when it comes to moving.
No matter which season you are in, a thorough clean is essential before viewings start. You might want to consider a professional cleaning company, or else give it a good scrub yourself. Pay particular attention to the bathroom and kitchen as if these will look newer when well cleaned.
Whilst a few family photos are fine, you want to allow potential viewers the chance to envisage the house as they might make it so try to depersonalise it a bit. Likewise, if your taste is very bold or particularly bright and colourful, is could be worth a quick paint in a neutral colour to maximise the number of people your home might appeal to.
Take a walk around your house looking for anything that is broken. You might be reluctant to spend time and money doing DIY when you are moving, but a little DIY can go a long way and create a good impression with buyers. Look out for things like:
You might not be able to fix them all, but it is worth finding out how much they take to fix as it could be a quick win. Remember, a little tester pot of paint is cheap and can help make rooms look new again.
Light is one of the key qualities many homeowners look for in a property. Luckily there are lots of things you can do to maximise this,
An unruly garden can put potential buyers off so don’t forget the outside.
Before selling you might want to consider adding an extension, a loft conversion or modernising your kitchen. If you’re thinking of doing this, see our guide on how to add value to your home.
Finally, ask an honest friend or family member to give you some feedback on what you could do to maximise the appeal of your home. Just remember, you’ve asked for their help, so be gracious in accepting their suggestions rather than offended.
Think about your potential buyers first impressions when they arrive at the house.