Properties that make an instant and positive impact on prospective buyers are far more likely to achieve a sale. By spending a little time and effort on dressing your home you can greatly improve your chances of attaining the asking price or even exceeding it.
Here are a few handy tips for dressing your home for success:
Ensure that the front garden is neat and tidy, and that the external paintwork is freshened. Remove weeds from driveway, tidy awa bins and leave clear of cars to maximise space. First impressions are extremely important.
If you have outside lighting make sure it is working and switched on for evening viewings.
Check for any minor maintainance jobs that need doing, e.g sticking doors or windows, dripping taps, and attend to them.
Not everybody loves animals and a dog jumping up is not always welcomed. If possible find a friend or relative to look after your pets or confine them to one room.
Take time to give your home a thorough clean. Gleaming surfaces and sparkling windows are far more appealing. If you have light carpets consider getting them steam cleaned.
Remove unnecessary furniture or ornaments; decluttering will give a more spacious feel to the property. Too man possessions make it harder for the prospective buyer to visualise the room with their own possessions in place. Position mirrors in smaller rooms to create an impression of space.
The kitchen is often viewed as being the most important room in the house so it is important to make sure it is spotless and that the work surfaces are clear of cluter. If the kitchen units are looking tired it may be worth investing in replacing knobs and/or handles on cupboard doors to smarten them up.
Make sure they are gleaming, hide away all personal items. Add fresh towels and scented candels to give a relaxing feel.
Use lighting selectively to create a warm and cosy feel particiularly in dull weather or evening viewings. If you have an open fire or gas flame fire it is worth lighting them during the cooler times of the year.
Fresh flowers placed around the home add a touch of colour and fragrance.
Avoid cooking strongly flavoured foods before a viewing, there is nothing worse than the lingering smell of fish or curry from the day before!
If you are doing the viewing yourself it is easeir if you plan out a route around the property allowing time for questions to be asked.