How to sell your house – Top Tips
Selling a property can be stressful, ARLA Propertymark have put together a list of handy tips to make the process easier for you. Read them all to help increase your chances of selling your house.
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1. First Impressions Count
Most house buyers form their first impressions within seconds of walking through the front door. If you have a front garden, spend a little time sprucing it up. A few plant pots and a clear pathway can make the front of your house more appealing.
Quick Tip: Don’t forget to clean your front door, it can make a huge difference.
2. Clear worktops and de-clutter
A tidy room should never be underestimated, especially as dirty or cluttered rooms can be an immediate turn off for some property buyers.
So take some time to clean each room from top to bottom paying special attention to high impact rooms such as the kitchen and bathroom. You should also think about having a spring clean; if there’s too much furniture and things like children’s toys and unused gym equipment lying around, it can make the property feel smaller.
After a deep clean your home will smell fresh and be much more appealing to potential buyers.
3. Add a lick of paint
Neutral colours are appealing to house buyers; a fresh coat of paint will brighten up your home and will allow would-be buyers to envisage themselves living in the space.
4. Do some DIY
Straightforward DIY jobs such as filling holes in walls and checking for clogs in the guttering are easy to do and is one less thing your buyer needs to think about doing once they’ve moved in. Getting any problems fixed before putting the house on the market is a smart idea. You don't want anything negative to turn up on the property survey either.
5. Think about your pets
Whilst you might think your pet is adorable, others may not. Potential buyers may be allergic so make sure any pets are confined to one room (such as a utility room or the garden) or removed from the home during viewings. Animals can also detract attention away from your property, leaving them with a neighbour or family member will ensure home buyers are kept focused on your home.
6. Brag about your broadband
Broadband speeds are serious business in this day and age and just advertising the presence of fibre optic cables in your area could be enough to encourage buyers. Make sure to take a look at other features of your property that are appealing to buyers.
7. Think Smart
Smart home technologies are increasingly important to buyers. Smart technology such as Hive, which gives mobile control over heating systems, is a feature worth considering. If it moves your EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) up a band, it could add thousands to the sale price.
8. Consider an open house
An open house can be a major benefit for property sellers and setting aside one or two days to open your house up to the public will save you time in the long run. Spare yourself the effort of cleaning your house from top to bottom every other day and answering the same questions over and over by getting most of your house viewings out of the way in one go.