Selling up and moving on is an expensive business, so most people don’t have a lot of money to spend on redoing their home ready for viewings. However, a good first impression is vital for demanding a high asking price and for getting a speedy sale.
There are many tips and tricks that you can do for increasing the chance of a sale, here are some ones that won’t cost you too much in time or effort.
There’s no need to paint all your walls, but clean walls will help to make your interiors look fresh. Go round with your paintbrush and cover any sticky finger prints, or scuffs that won’t clean off.
Sealant and grout
Remove any black stains in the bathroom on the sealant or grout. Bi-carb and vinegar can clean a lot of it, otherwise a specialist cleaner. If that doesn’t work, take it out and start again.
Shampoo the carpets
You can either buy or rent the tools needed to shampoo the carpets, or pay a professional to do it for you. It is not something that most people do very often, but you will notice a real difference to how they look afterwards.
Outside as well as in
Make sure your garden is tidy, shrubs are trimmed and the lawn is mown. You want your garden to look “low maintenance.” Cut back any weeds such as nettles, brambles or vine weed.
Be strict with the clutter that you have out and about on shelves and surfaces. To you it will look familiar and tidy, but to others it won’t. A buyer needs the space to imagine their own clutter on the surfaces.
There is no need to get rid of everything. Personal touches such as family photos and ornaments make the home look like a home. Pretend you are preparing for a photoshoot for an interior design magazine, with coffee table books, fresh flowers and plumped cushions.
Don’t forget the lighting
Lighting makes a huge difference to a home. Make sure your home is well-lit and doesn’t look gloomy.
Before people come to visit, set the temperature to comfortable and air the rooms out so they don’t feel stuffy. Make sure the bathroom isn’t too steamy and any cooking smells have gone.