The UK property market is hot right now. Homes are selling and there are plenty of buyers waiting to buy. However, buyers can still afford to be choosy, so if property is in a poor neighbourhood or there is something wrong with it, you may struggle to sell. Everyone knows that a new kitchen or loft conversion will add value and make a home more attractive to buyers, but if you are in a rush to sell or you don’t have any spare cash, these five tricks will ensure buyers come back for a second viewing.
Dress the Bedrooms
Most buyers pay attention to bedrooms. Whether the property has enough bedrooms is one of the first factors people use to filter out unsuitable properties. However, a property can have four bedrooms, but if they look too small, it may put off buyers. A cheap way to boost your home’s appeal is to dress the bedrooms. Try to ensure each bedroom has a bed and key items of furniture in there, so buyers will have no problem envisaging the room as a kids’ room or a guest bedroom. Buy some pretty bed linen (I recently have spotted very good selection at threel.co.uk) and remove all non-essential items so the room feels spacious and bright.
Replace Worn Flooring
Threadbare carpets and scuffed laminate is a turn-off for buyers. They won’t want the hassle of replacing flooring the moment they move in, so consider replacing worn flooring with something inexpensive and neutral. You don’t have to splash out on oak flooring, although it is a definite selling point. Instead, pick a plain beige carpet or cheap laminate that will match any paint colour.
Declutter Living Space
Clutter makes rooms feel small and claustrophobic. It also makes it hard for buyers to picture their own belongings in the space. Box up all non-essential clutter before you put your home up for sale and then store it out of sight. It will make moving out a faster process.
Fresh flowers look lovely and add a pleasing floral fragrance to rooms. Once you have a confirmed viewing, buy some fresh flowers and place them in vases around your home. Supermarkets usually sell off flowers cheaply once they are in full bloom, so snap up a few discounted bunches.
It is also worth investing in hanging baskets for the front of the house. Buy ready-planted baskets, but do remember to water them daily, or your buyers will be greeted with a basket of dead flowers.
Clean and Tidy
It should go without saying that you need to present a clean and tidy home to buyers, but a surprising number of sellers don’t bother doing this and then wonder why buyers are put off. Clean up after pets and extinguish pet smells with odour neutraliser and carpet freshener. Always vacuum floors and ensure kitchens and bathrooms are spotlessly clean.
Assuming you don’t have structural problems or rising damp, as long as you follow the above tips your home should sell in no time at all.