Presenting your home for sale
It can be challenging to make your home look fresh and inviting in the depths of a rainy winter. When you’re selling and getting ready for open for inspections, use these tips to get your house looking buyer-ready.
Make a good impression
First impressions count with buyers so it’s important to take a look from their perspective.. Mowing the lawn, trimming the trees and clearing the front entrance will all help get the buyer through the front door and interested in viewing the rest of the house.
Let the light in
While it may be challenging to get lots of natural light in the depths of winter, it’s essential to make the rooms bright and airy. Open up the curtains to let in sunshine and turn on the lights. Mirrors can help make a room appear lighter and bigger, and a strategically placed lamp will brighten a dark corner.
Keep it neutral
Buyers need to envision how they can make the place their own. So this means keeping it neutral. Steer away from bold colours on the wall, instead painting them off-white or light shades of grey or brown.
Show them how to use the space
Present each room with a few key pieces of furniture to show buyers what to use the space for. Getting the balance right is essential – make it look like a home, without all the clutter. Don’t forget potential buyers will be checking cupboards and storage space.Consider hiring an external storage space to put extra furniture, or donate items you don’t need to your local charity.
Do your own inspection
Go through your house with a fine-toothed comb, as if you’re looking to buy it yourself. Check for lights that don’t work, broken fittings, leaky taps or dents in the wall and fix them. Give the house a deep clean. A lot of little touch-ups will leave your home buyer-ready.