Blair Cadell’s Property Sales Team do not include pearl diving in their tool box of skills but they can muster a fair bit of wisdom when it comes to advice on the best way to go about your precious house sale. Here are a few of their top tips to mull over this summer if you are thinking even of dipping a toe into the water.
Quick fixes before selling are important and don’t have to break the budget. Huge makeovers, are most likely not necessary. 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 declutter 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. Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo claims to have transformed lives with her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
This little book could be a worthwhile investment.
Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Before a viewing, take half the stuff out of your cupboards and neatly organise what’s left in there. You will keep the smile a buyer's face if you can show them things are clean and tidy behind the scenes.
Maximise the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer says 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.
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. If you are selling your home with us we will give you advice on working out your budget. Simply painting your kitchen units can act as a fast, inexpensive fix. Use a neutral colour paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas onto which 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 may 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.