LET'S OPEN DOORS TOGETHER
Sometimes people may drive pass the property prior to a viewing, to suss out the area as well as the exterior of the property. Some people will make an instant decision at this point as to whether they continue with the viewing you have scheduled. Make sure your home is well-presented to the potential passers-by with power washing the front pavements/driveway, repaint porch, tidy up the garden and de-weed, wash the windows and display easy to read door numbers.
You’ll need a welcoming front door, such as a clean doormat and flowers. It’s worth keeping porch lights on in the evenings for any later appointments or for the ‘passers-by’.
One of the most important factors when selling a property. If you have pets, arrange for all the carpets, rugs, fabric sofas to be steam cleaned. Keep the pet products out of sight and make sure all pet odours are eliminated.
One of the most obvious points, but nevertheless it’s worth mentioning. Although can be a lot of effort, this is the best way to show off the house and should not be ignored! If you don’t have the time, it is worth hiring professionals.
Clean and clear rooms are the best, so potential buyers have the opportunity to visualise their own items in the home, and what they can do with the space. It may be worth organising some self-storage away from your home, to help with the clear out.
We know this contradicts point 5, however it is worth making the property feel homely, but getting a good balance will really show off the property.
Make sure all floors are cleaned at a minimum, it is also worth steam cleaning the carpets, especially if they are a lighter shade. Make sure the thresholds are all tacked down and look presentable. It is also worth noting the importance of rugs, these can be used to your advantage in order to ‘dress up’ a tired looking room.
Symmetrical arrangements usually work best. Keep furniture away from the walls and create a social living space, by doubling up on sofas, chairs and lamps.
Neutral colours such as beige, cream and stone, should be used throughout the property. People find it more difficult to envisage the property as their own if there is a rainbow feature wall in the living room. At the same time, all white can also make a property look quite clinical and cold.
The master bedroom should appeal to both genders, again follow point 5 and point 8, which should help successfully ‘master’ this room. Make sure the bed is made with fresh sheets, neat cushions and blankets for that cosy feel.
Show off closest space, buyers find this very important when purchasing a property if they are moving in to it themselves. Again, use self-storage companies if you have to, you should aim to have between 20%-30% open space in each closest to give the best impression of spaciousness.
Whilst we appreciate family homes are likely to attract similar families to view the property, it’s probably best that the entire cast of Toy Story goes back in the box. A well organised games room or nursery will be best, and they will appreciate that you’ve taken the time to clear up the space for their benefit.
Spare rooms are often one of the hardest rooms to keep on top of, but when you put the property on the market, before the sales agent comes round to take marketing photos, make sure you transform any spare rooms so that they have a purpose. Whether you make it a guest bedroom, office or nursery, make sure it is clear is has purpose. It might be worth thinking, who the potential buyers might be and cater to them.
A lot of home staging bloggers mention the importance of considering a pedestal sink to maximise space. The pedestal bathrooms can be really helpful for making a small bathroom look instantly bigger.
Take the time to carefully position your items of furniture around the house to encourage a potential sale. Show off the space room by room, take them on a journey, for example something eye catching placed at the top of the stairs will draw people upstairs and keep the intrigued as they explore the property. Artwork, feature wall, flowers can create these sorts of deliberate distractions.
If you are considering Selling or Letting your apartment, please do not hesitate to contact us. As well as Homestaging advice we can make sure your property has the maximum exposure from Rightmove, On The Market and our Keylet website. This all comes as part of our Sales or Lettings package.