How to Make Your Property Look Good Before Marketing

Preparing your home for marketing and viewers is important. It will not only ensure your property is sold faster, but it can potentially add more to value to the price.

Today we are sharing a full break down of how you can add value to your property.

Declutter – But Do Not Depersonalise

  • Dispose of any excess items that has accumulated in every nook and cranny. You can put the items in storage, sell it, give them away or even bin them.
  • People need to envisage the property and what it would look like if they lived there. People often find this difficult, so to make it easy for them show off the living space you are offering them.
  • Do not make it look like a generic hotel – leave some personality. This generally allows unimaginative buyers to seek inspiration for what they could do with the property.
  • People are often buying into a lifestyle as much as the property, why not highlight the attractive side of your lifestyle.
  • Consider removing any bulky furniture that can make the room appear small and replace it with smaller furniture.

A Fresh Lick of Paint

  • Giving your walls a fresh lick of neutral paint can make your home appear lighter and bigger – however this does not have to be treated as gospel.
  • By painting your walls, it will enable the viewers to easily imagine how they could adapt the rooms to their needs.
  • It will be easier for the buyers moving in and use the rooms immediately than if the walls were still bright purple or lime green.

First Impressions Count

  • Kerb appeal creates a lasting first impression on potential buyers – most buyers make up their minds in the first few minutes of arriving at a property.
  • See below the most recent results of a survey conducted on 2,000 UK adults:

Fix and Clean

  • Make any minor repairs necessary – holes in walls, broken doorknobs, cracked tiles, torn or threadbare carpets. Many buyers want to move in without making changes, so try your best to help!
  • Clean everything until it sparkles. Get rid of limescale, clean and repair tile grout, wax wooden floors, get rid of all odours, even hang up fresh towels. This will make the place more appealing and allow viewers to imagine living there.
  • Tidy up the garden – Cut any bushes back, clean the patio and furniture of any dirt and cut the grass. While this does not add much value to the property, it make it more likely to sell as people can visualise themselves using the garden.

Update the Kitchen

  • The kitchen is one of the most valuable rooms in the house. It is worth the most per square foot and can make the difference when buyers are unsure.
  • Consider refacing your kitchen cabinetry. This is much cheaper than installing new cabinetry and often just as effective.
  • Upgrading your kitchen counter tops is expensive but can add serious value.
  • Declutter the surfaces and just leave a bowl of fruit out. Take out any bulky appliances.
  • Consider upgrading the plumbing fixtures and white goods, but keep in mind that while that could make your property sell faster, you will be unlikely to recoup their full value.

Light and Airy

  • Wall mirrors can make a room look much bigger and lighter. Consider putting some up in smaller rooms or hallways.
  • Clean windows inside and out, replace any broken lightbulbs. Making the place feel light and airy can make a room feel more spacious and attractive.
  • Ensure that you have lamps on in any dark corners.
  • Putting a soft lamp in the bathroom can create a warm glow.

Light a Fire

  • If it is a cold evening, or even a chilly day, light your fire. Consider burning some pinecones for a more fragrant smell. This will make your home feel warm and inviting. If you do not have a fire, then ensure that the fireplace is clean.

Make it Look Pretty

  • Make sure that the windows are properly dressed with blinds or curtains as naked windows make a place feel impersonal and run down. Buy some cheap ones (e.g. Ikea) if necessary.
  • Plants and flowers bring colour, life and light into a room and smell wonderful. So does that fruit bowl in your kitchen counter.

Get the Right Smells

  • Bad smells are the single biggest turn off for prospective buyers. Do not just cover them up, fix the source of the smell. Clear drains, wash bins, open windows, air the kitchen from old cooking smells, get rid of furniture that is embedded with cigarette smoke, and wash any bed sheets.
  • If you are a smoker, place bowls of vinegar around the house and leave out for three days. Though the vinegar will smell when you open the windows it will disappear quickly taking a most of the stale cigarette smell out with it.
  • Conversely, good smells can make a property feel like an alluring home. While it might be impractical to bake fresh bread, cakes or brownies for every viewer that visits your home, you could perhaps brew some fresh coffee.

Showing the Property

  • You will have chosen a good estate agent, so let them show the property.
  • It is their job to know what things to say, what to highlight and what to downplay.
  • They are also effective at answering those tricky questions about the noisy neighbours.

Obvious Conversions

  • If there are any obvious conversions – you could consider adapting the garage into extra rooms or going up into the loft – and if you have some spare cash, why not take advantage of this cash cow rather than letting the new owners make easy money out of improvements.
  • Significant home improvements are expensive, so it is important to consider how your plans will add value to your home. Take a look at our recent blog post about adding value to your home.
  • If you do not have enough spare cash to do a conversion, consider getting planning permission anyway.

We hope that this breakdown has helped you find ways to make your property look AMAZING before being put to market. Let us know on our social medias if these tips helped you!

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