Employing a simple plan to highlight the assets and downplay the weaknesses will ensure potential buyers see your home at its best and make your agent feel confident and enthusiastic about conducting an inspection. Look at your home through fresh eyes, as a buyer will be, to know where to begin.
1. Make a good impression. First impressions are important so make sure the kerbside view of your home is inviting. A home that appears well cared for will give potential buyers a positive vibe before they even set foot on the property. Keep lawns mowed, edges trimmed, hoses, garden tools and toys tidied away, pressure wash concrete drives, walls, clean gutters, windows and roof. Using mulch is effective to spruce up the garden and keep it looking tidy without the need for time consuming maintenance.
2. Thoroughly de-clutter inside. To avoid your rooms appearing overcrowded remove any surplus furniture; clean out and reorganise cupboards, drawers and robes (buyers do tend to peek!), clear benches and table tops, remove photos and knick knacks. Impress prospective buyers with how much living and storage space their new home has. If you depersonalise your home by removing your favourite photos and treasures the buyers can more easily picture themselves living here.
3. Have everything fresh and squeaky clean. Don’t forget the ceiling fans, door tracks or blinds – less to clean when you move out! Bad smells can be very off-putting too, so be mindful of unpleasant pet odours and the stale aftermath of smokers or cooking. While some subtle air freshener is fine, don’t go overboard; brewing coffee or baking biscuits does more to create a welcoming, homely environment.
4. Repair and finish. Replace any blown light bulbs, fix door handles and sagging hinges, repair scrapes, bumps or dripping taps and complete any unfinished DIY projects; nothing is more off-putting to prospective buyers than work!
5. Update. A fresh coat of neutral paint gives a clean new feel without breaking the bank. If the kitchen cupboards are a bit tired sand back and refinish or paint or replace just the fronts; maybe a change of hardware will make all the difference. Ask at the hardware for products to rejuvenate bathroom tiles without having to re-tile; will a new toilet seat, tap fittings, towel rails or even new towels be sufficient to smarten up the bathroom?
Preparing your home for sale is time and effort well spent – you only have one chance to create a good first impression!