Are you thinking about selling your home this year? If so, you’ll want to do whatever you can to ensure a swift, stress-free sale, as well as getting the maximum possible value. But what can you do to make your home more attractive to prospective buyers? Collette Hanlon, Creative Design Director at Home Stagers, gives us her 6 top tips.
1) Kerb appeal
“Kerb appeal” refers to how attractive your home looks from the outside. This is the first thing prospective buyers will see, but is often forgotten about.
“Ensure that the garden is free of rubbish and bins and place welcoming tubs of seasonal flowers by the front door. You can always buy these ready made from the local garden centre to save time”, Collette advises.
“Clean the windows, and ensure that all the paintwork is in good condition. Paint the front door in a positive, inviting colour - red always works well in winter.”
2) Scrupulously clean
It’s natural for a house to become ‘lived in’, especially when you’re in the process of moving, but it’s vital that you properly clean your home before prospective buyers view it. Nobody wants to look round a dirty home.
It’s important to leave no stone unturned, as Collette explains: “Give the house a deep clean all through from top to bottom and have all the carpets and upholstery cleaned. Ensure that all surfaces are absolutely sparkling, and regularly open the windows to let in fresh air.”
3) Fix it
“It may sound obvious”, Collette says, “but we all live with little quirks, like loose handles and doors that don’t open on the first push - even dripping taps. Make a list and get all these minor DIY tasks sorted as soon as possible. If you don’t, it may mean that potential buyers think that your home is hiding some bigger, uglier problems, which will give them leverage to renegotiate the price.”
4) Declutter and edit
“Start to pack the minute that you decide to sell. This will not only help you with the stress and organisation in the long run, it will also help you with the decluttering process. Remember, clutter is a space filler, and you are selling space.”
It’s also important for prospective buyers to be able to picture themselves living in your home, Collette adds.
“Edit down on the family portraits - buyers want to envisage themselves in your property. Urns with the ashes of loved family pets or relatives are surprisingly common too, it may seem harsh, but put them away safely as they convey sadness, and buyers are looking for a happy home.”
When you put your home up for sale, you need to appeal to the tastes of the majority.
“Remember, not everyone will have the same taste in décor as you, so the object is to appeal to the broadest market. Many people don’t possess the ability to see beyond the current décor.
“However, contrary to popular belief this does not mean paint your entire house magnolia - this is a colour often associated with low end rentals. Go for one of the neutral palettes that paint companies conveniently group together in their catalogues.”
6) Stage it
“Finally, having covered all these points, look at your house as a blank canvas and add some luxurious accessories. This is where you can use accent colours. Pick either a warm or cool colour scheme and take it throughout the house. This will ensure that rooms flow easily from one to another.
“Layer cushions and throws in tones of the same colour using contrasting textures. This doesn’t need to cost a fortune, high street stores and supermarkets have great cost effective ranges that reflect the latest colour trends.”
Have you recently sold your home? Let us know what you did to make your property more appealing.
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