Moving home can be one of the most stressful and expensive experiences of your entire life. That’s why people don’t do it that often. The list of issues to consider seem never ending. You’ll need to decide which agent to list your property with and which solicitor to instruct. You have to factor in removal costs, timings for viewings and the cost of taxes and legal fees. The house moving process is fraught with layer upon layer of stress that can send you into a tailspin.
One thing that you can control is how attractive your property is to potential buyers. You know that you have a creative flair for interior and exterior design when it comes to your home. If you have let things go in the past couple of years as the kids have been growing up, with some of the wallpaper peeling, a little mould developing around the windows and scuffs accruing on the skirting boards, it’s time to do something about it. The finish, style, and furnishings of your home will dictate the price you can achieve as well as the speed of the sale. Take a look at this guide to styling your property, so the first buyers through your front door will want to make an offer straight away.
Spring Clean Even If It’s Winter!
No matter what season you think about listing your property, it’s vital that your home is clean. There is nothing worse than those property photos on websites that show filthy socks lurking in the corner of a bedroom or dirty dishes in the drainer next to the mug filled sink. Before the photographer arrives to take the photographs of your house, do a mammoth clean. This means mopping floors, vacuuming, dusting and ensuring scuffs look minimal on walls. If there have been any nasty spillages on carpets, get the stain remover out and use some old fashioned elbow grease to shift it. If you have any bulbs that have blown, change them. If there’s a crack in a kitchen tile, replace it.
The image of your home projects an ethos and a feel that you want the buyers to fall in love with. A red wine stain on the rug in the living room isn’t going to cut it. Buyers can become seduced by the suggestion of a lifestyle, and it is up to you to emulate it within the photos. Uncleanliness will be the first thing that will prevent buyers from arranging viewings.
The Walk To The Front Door
The interior of your house could look like a show home, oozing the lifestyle that you are trying to create. However, if the front external area outside your home is overrun with weeds, cracked paving with cobwebs are lingering in the porch area, the first impressions presented to your potential buyers will not be positive. You are attempting to encourage any viewers of your home to see themselves living there, picturing their furniture in the living room and their friends around for dinner.
Get outside and put on the gardening gloves. Get weeding and sprucing up the outside of your home to make it look neat and tidy. If there is any peeling paint on your front door, consider giving it a lick of paint. This brightens up the facade and will take less than an hour of your time. If you have space, introduce a little bit of greenery such as potted plants, hanging baskets or miniature trees. If you have a lawned front garden, show it off. Get the mower out, trim the sides by the borders and plant some flowers to make your outdoor area look aesthetically pleasing. By putting in this effort, you are showing your potential buyers that you have taken great care of your home and that you still take pride in its appearance even though you are selling it.
If you have a garage, you’ll want to make sure that this matches up to the quality of your house. If your metal up and over garage door has seen better days, it’s time to invest in some fresh and modern section doors to lure in the buyers. The panel design means you can opt for the neutral look or go for a more striking design. The exterior photograph of your home is often the first one any potential buyer will see on property websites. Create that positive first impression by showing off a modern, clean and desirable frontage.
When your potential buyers visit your home, you don’t want them fixated on your array of framed pictures, collection of ticking clocks and bookcase full of magazines, hardbacks, and journals stacked in a disorderly fashion. Clutter can be hugely off putting to the viewer and prevent them from being able to see the potential of your home. They won’t be able to visualise their own presence in your house with so much of your own personal wares cluttering up the property. Remember, even if this is how you live (and there is nothing wrong with this) you need to start thinking about the style and dressing of your home as a business arrangement until the sale has been agreed.
Get out the boxes and bin bags and go through your personal belongings to either throw out or store. Either way, this encourages you to begin the packing process for your move, lessening the stress a little when it comes to moving day.
Kitchens And Bathrooms
The old adage that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses has never been more true than in the current market. With kitchens, in particular, being a hefty expense if they need replacing, it’s a good idea to give yours a little spruce up to increase the chances of a quick sale. Any handles that are hanging off of cupboards, fix them back on. If you have a leaky tap, get a plumber out to sort it. If you have a stunning tile floor, get it steam cleaned. If you have room, think about adding a small table and chairs set to demonstrate to your potential purchasers that they can have an eat-in kitchen if they so wish. This is especially important if you don’t have a dining room. By sorting out the basics and leaving as much work surface as clear as possible, you will create the illusion of space, and space is one thing that buyers cannot get enough of.
As for the bathroom, you need to ensure that it is clean. That is your top priority. Scummy baths and mildew spotted sealant are the number one hotspots that need rectifying. Grab yourself a new quick drying sealant and maximum strength bathroom cleaner from your local hardware store and get fixing up the room. Before you know it, your bathroom will be looking fresh and ready to show off. Think about adding a few elegant touches such as candles and quality shower cremes to exude an air of luxury.
If you have a house that is relatively neutral so that the potential buyer can put his or her own mark on your home, you have made moving into your home easy and stress-free. By keeping it plain with white or magnolia walls you are removing any potential obstacles that might be placed in the way of your buyer. They don’t want to be viewing your home making a list of all the jobs they need to do before moving in such as stripping the bright green feature wall of geometric shapes in the living room or having to repaint the deep purple wall in the en suite bathroom.
If you want to add touches of colour into your home, use furnishings to inject this vibrancy. Think about the texture, pattern, and colour that you could utilise in rugs, cushions, bedspreads, and sofas. Don’t go nuts and select every colour from the rainbow to be represented within your home. Select a palette to base your theme on. You could opt for warm autumnal tones of browns, oranges, and gentle reds. Or you may select the retro hues of greys, greens and mustard yellows. Whatever you choose, even if your buyer is not as enamoured with it as you are, they will admire your creativity and recognise that it will all be going with you anyway, leaving them with a white walled canvas to start from.
Your home is your castle, and even when you put it up for sale, you don’t want to have to be worrying about what people think of your humble abode. By following these simple, quick fixes and tricks of the trade, you’ll be able to create a home that any potential buyer will immediately fall in love with. You never know, with a bit of luck you may generate a bidding war, increasing your sale price even further and allowing you to go on and climb the next rung on the property ladder with ease.