At Coppenwall, we have spent years helping people make the most of their property before coming to the market. There are lots of little things you can do to improve the sale-ability of your property for a minimal investment of time and money. Some of these tips are very simple, and can massively increase a properties attractiveness to buyers. Check out our top tips for selling your property below.
Tip 1: Declutter
As soon as you move into your home, you began to hoard, and unless you are an exceptionally organised individual, you will be surprised about how much you accumulate over the years. When you are selling your property, people like to be able to see all four walls, so it is necessary for you to start to clear all your excess stuff. Put things in storage, sell or give things away, or even take a trip to the tip. Try not to de-personalise the property too much though, as people can also be put off by a lack of character.
Tip 2: Fix
We all have a few imperfections in our property that we overlook on a daily basis. Don’t let small issues put off your prospective buyers. Look at your home with fresh eyes, and try and repair any little jobs you have been putting off – we all do it! Simple things such as: holes in walls from hanging pictures; faulty taps; cracked tiles; carpets in poor condition; can all be repaired with a little bit of care, time, and at small cost.
Tip 3: Clean
When you are selling your home, you need to go way beyond your basic daily clean, as most people can’t see beyond what’s on the surface. Make the effort to give everything a thorough and deep clean, until your house sparkles. Make sure you remove any limescale and evidence of condensation. These 2 things in particular can be very off-putting to a buyer. A clean and tidy home creates a much better impression when people walk through the door, and increases the chances of you receiving an offer.
Tip 4: Decorate
Although a full re-decoration can be a costly exercise, a fresh coat of neutrally coloured paint on the walls can work wonders for the presentation of your home and still be relatively inexpensive. It is a brilliant trick for renewing your property, making the rooms feel more spacious and brighter. Doing this one thing, can do more to attract potential purchasers, than anything else we recommend. Create that blank canvas, and people will see themselves moving in before you know it.
Tip 5: Garden
The garden landscape is often overlooked when preparing to sell your home. Many see the garden maintenance as a chore, that most people overlook. Gardens are one of the most important things that people want when they are looking to buy. Make the most of what you have. If you have a yard, put out some flowerpots to add some colour. If you have a more substantial garden, get those hedges trimmed, cut the grass and tidy your borders. Don’t overlook one of your biggest selling points. We also have a blog post on Getting creative with smaller gardens.
Tip 6: Kitchen
Prospective buyers like to barter on price if you have anything but the most up-to-date kitchen, but don’t be disheartened. You can freshen the look of your kitchen by doing a number of things to keep costs down. You can replace worktops, or brighten dated cupboard doors by giving them a fresh coat of paint, and sometime even replacing cupboard door handles, can have a massive effect. Don’t forget to de-clutter the work surfaces for your viewings – how often do you use that bread-maker anyway?
Tip 7: Light
As estate agents, we are big advocates of using as much light in your home as possible when you have viewers. When showing your property, make sure your property is as bright as possible. Straightforward things such as opening the curtains/blinds, cleaning those windows inside and out, putting on all ceiling lights, switching on all lamps, and putting mirrors in dark hallways, will showcase your property in its best light.
Tip 8: Feed the senses
You hear about so many things you can do to sell your home, and one of the most common, is by appealing to the senses. People do genuinely love to walk into a property with the small of freshly cooked bread, coffee and flowers. The sound of a roaring fire can also be heartwarming and instil a sense of comfort and relaxation. These are all little inexpensive things that can help turn your house from a maybe to a Must-buy!
Tip 9: Viewings
It is so easy when showing a house yourself, to highlight what you feel are issues with your property. People do not need to know that the door handle is a little bit wobbly, that the traffic isn’t as noisy at night, or that your boiler leaked in 2009, and there hasn’t been a problem since – yes I’ve experienced people saying all of these! If your viewer asks any questions, answer honestly, but always stay positive.
Tip 10: Home
If you follow all, or even most of the steps above, you will be showing your property at its absolute best, and as a result, you will get more viewings than you would have initially received. At this point, you are now playing the numbers game. The more viewings you have, the more potential buyers will get that “feeling” of home, and want to offer you lots of lovely money.