Your home is now officially on the market. All you need to do now is convince buyers that your property is their dream home and they absolutely need to buy it.
In a perfect world, your home would speak for itself but, sometimes, buyers need a little push in the right direction to see your home for its full potential. You might be asking yourself what you can do to increase your chances of selling quickly and at the best possible price?
Well, you get two chances to make a good first impression – one is in the marketing of your property, before buyers book a viewing. And again, at the viewing itself, making sure your home looks just as enticing in real life.
Lucky for you, we’ve put together a checklist to make sure you home is ready to sell for the right price, in a time frame that suits you.
So, grab a cup of tea, put your feet up, and read on. You’ll be sold before you know it.
It starts with an up to date professional valuation.
Let’s face it. Most sales come down to the price. Even if your house has perfect transport links, a huge bright kitchen and the sort of garden that’d give the RHS Flower show a run for its money, the price might swing buyers the other way.
It’s probably worth getting a property valuation with a team who know what they’re doing. Make sure you do your research, and ask locals for recommendations. Booking in for a free valuation with us is a great first step.
Those finger paintings that your children created might make your heart soar with joy but, to the buyer, they just look like clutter. Consider rearranging the furniture to create a feeling of space. Add finishing touches like plants or fresh cut flowers to lift the room and make it feel more welcoming.
Invest in good photography
So you’ve done the hard bit. Your home is looking great. You now need to make sure it looks great in photos too to entice potential buyers. A good photographer will spruce up your home, plump up cushions, re-pleat curtains and add finishing touches to work surfaces to make them look their best in photos.
Put out the word
Tell everyone that you are selling – neighbours, shopkeepers, friends and even your Uncle Darren. Use social media to spread the word. If you really want to make sure your property is seen by the right buyers in the shortest amount of time, you could invest in targeted social media marketing.
The outside of your property will set the tone for the rest of the house. You don’t want a grungy, cluttered and slightly mouldy exterior to put people off. Mow the lawn, paint the windows and keep things clean and tidy. It might also be a good idea to relocate your slightly creepy collection of garden gnomes to somewhere people can’t see.
For many people, the kitchen is the centre of the home. Make sure you have clean work surfaces, wipe down your fittings and handles, and ensure dirty dishes are cleared away. If you really want to push the boat out for your viewing, consider brewing some fresh coffee or baking chocolate chip cookies. These taste good, and smell even better – and what’s more enticing than a sweet smelling kitchen?
Lose the pets
You might love your beaming Shih Tzu but not every buyer feels the same way. Remove all pet stains, tidy up the furnishings and make sure you hoover any animal hair. Ask a friendly neighbour to take care of your pet during a viewing so as not to distract (or frighten to death) a potential buyer.
Clear away the Ben Nevis-sized mountain of toiletries, sponges, razors, makeup and whatever else that seems to have accumulated in the bathroom. Fold bath towels, wipe down surfaces, open windows to clear moisture and get rid of any mould if you can. Your bathroom needs to look spick and span.
Use these tips and you could find yourself fighting off an army of buyers in no time.
And, if you really want to increase your chances of selling, consider signing up for our Premium Marketing which covers everything from getting the right photographs, to free video trailers, detailed floor plans and premium listings on Zoopla and Rightmove.
You can learn more here.