With more properties on the market at the moment, as sellers try to beat the deadline for the introduction of Home Information Packs, it is vital to make your house as appealing as you can to buyers, so you can sell it as quickly as possible.
Here are some tips to help you sell your property fast:
1. Catch-up with maintenance
Sort out any jobs you have been putting off for a while this means oiling door hinges, sorting out creaky floorboards, dripping taps, and any other minor jobs that need doing.
2. Make the outside as appealing as you can
Many house buyers will be attracted or put off by first impressions, and others may well drive by your house for a look before a viewing, so it is important to pay attention to the outside of your house.
Make your house appealing by painting the doors and window frames, adding window boxes or pots full of colourful flowers will increase the appeal.
3. Get rid of clutter
This can be distracting to people, who will try to visualise themselves living in your home. Get some bin liners and clear out any junk.
4. Improve views
Clean the window panes and woodwork with a good detergent. This improves the view out of the windows, lets in natural daylight and improves the look of the room.
5. Window dressings
Cleaning the curtains can lift the room, as well as removing built-up odours. Also, removing nets and curtains and replacing them with blinds opens up the room and gives the house a more modern look.
6. Tidy up walls
Wash down emulsioned walls with a soft cloth and a little detergent and touch up any damaged areas. If you need to repaint walls, use neutral light colours like cream and white.
Viewers will notice carpets and floorboards. Carpets are seen as a large outlay for the new homeowner and that could cost you the sale if yours aren’t up to scratch. Make sure carpets are clean or, if they are too worn, you may be better displaying the house with bare floorboards and a rug.
8. Provide appealing photographs
Buyers may judge from the photographs you provide before even arranging a viewing, so it is important they show your house in the best possible light. Many house hunters will research on the internet, so this makes good photography even more important if you want to sell quickly.