Friday 26 April 2019

10 ways to make your property more saleable

From de-cluttering and heating, to mood lighting and freshly baked bread, Cheltenham estate agent, Charles Lear, shares 10 simple tips and tricks to help make your home more saleable.

Whether you’re selling for the first time, or are a seasoned mover struggling to market your home, there are simple and affordable ways to ensure your property is snapped up.

If you’re in need of a helping hand, SoGlos has highlighted 10 ways to make your property more saleable, offering vendors the chance to make their homes even more desirable to prospective buyers.


1. Create a good first impression


First impressions are everything, so sweep up those leaves, polish the door furniture and property sign, paint the front door if necessary, plant some pretty flowers in pots or hanging baskets, have the windows cleaned, and park your car away from the house to ensure that a prospective buyer is positive from the outset.


2. Appeal to the senses


As odd as it may seem, a vendor must go so far as to consider what they are cooking for dinner during the night before. There are few things worse than walking into a property only to be greeted by the smell of fish or curry – it doesn’t encourage a buyer to take their time while looking around your home! On the other side of the coin, the smell of coffee, bread, and freshly baked cake are incredibly welcoming.


3. Clear the entrance hall


Being greeted by smelly trainers, muddy wellies and overfull coat hooks is certainly not what prospective buyers want to see when they walk into your home, so it pays to give your entrance hall a clear up and hide any unwanted clutter.


4. Create a pet-free environment


If you have animals, it’s recommended that you remove all trace of them, including their beds and food bowls, and use diffusers or plug-in air fresheners to mask any potential smells.


5. Make it warm and cosy


It’s vital that homeowners think about heating when marketing their homes. This is an important point especially during the winter months as cold houses do not feel welcoming to buyers. If you’ve got an open fire or wood-burner, you could also consider having it lit to create even more ambiance.


6. Have a clear out


De-personalising and de-cluttering is essential, as this helps make the house feel less personal and bigger. It’s also a good excuse to have a clear out before you move house, meaning you’ll have less to pack up when your property sells.


7. Ensure it’s clean and tidy


From making sure that washing up is done and put away, to freshly made beds and squeaky-clean bathrooms, make sure your house is sparkling clean before prospective buyers view it.


8. Vacate the property


Buyers prefer to view a property when the owner is not present. They don’t feel under pressure and can share ideas of ways to make the property better suit them without running the risk of the owner being offended.


9. Mood lighting


Estate agents always endeavour to arrive with ample time to turn the lights on, but sometimes it’s not possible, so if you’re leaving the house just before the viewing, leave the lights on to set the mood.


10. Finishing touches


Bowls brimming with fresh fruit, potted herbs, indoor plants, and vases of flowers are just a few of the simple home-staging tricks that can really make a difference, giving a lived-in feel without being overly cluttered.


© SoGlos
Monday 13 February 2017

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