We at Blair Cadell have been lucky enough, when selling properties as estate agents in Edinburgh and the surrounding regions, to share the knowledge and experience of our happiest clients about the best ways to secure the best selling outcomes. These are some of the things we've learnt:
Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your cupboards then neatly organise what’s left in there. Show buyers the inside of your cupboards, so be sure to keep all clean and tidy.
Maximise the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the curtains, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – buyers will love it.
You might think a cuddly dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers, but you’d be wrong. Not everybody is a dog or cat lover. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the cat litter tray or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It may give buyers the impression that your house is not clean.
Freshen up within your budget
Quick fixes before selling are important. Huge makeovers, not so much. You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement before you put your house on the market. Instead, do updates that will pay off. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cupboard knobs, make sure cupboard doors are on track, fix leaky taps and clean the grout.
One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to depersonalise it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes.
You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. The benefits of upgrading your kitchen are endless. It may be a few hundred pounds to replace kitchen tops, but it could add more to the value of your home. Check with us before working out your budget. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting your kitchen units. Use a neutral colour paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style.
Home show ready at all times
Your house needs to be "show-ready" at all times – you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold.
No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly coloured flowers. Entryways are also important. You use it as a utility space for your coat and keys. But, when you’re selling, make it welcoming by putting in a small bench or a vase of fresh-cut flowers.
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For advice on selling your home - from quote to hand over of keys please call Robin Davie or any member of the Blair Cadell Property Sales Team
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