Losing confidence in selling your house? Get back out there! Here are a few quick pointers to help you get punters knocking at your door and putting offers on the table.
- Price: Earlier this month we dedicated a whole blog to it. The good old days of the property boom are gone. It is vital in today’s market that you get the asking price of your property right.
- Viewings: With so many properties up for sale, buyers now have an overload of property to choose from. With this in mind you should try to be flexible about viewing times (where possible!). You don’t want to lose the potential sale of your house to another property! And lastly,
- Appearance: Remember the saying ‘first impressions count’? Many prospective buyers will pass by your house before contacting the agent to book a viewing. If your garden is like a jungle and you house looks like it hasn’t been painted since the 1960’s more than likely you won’t have many people stopping by to take a closer look.
Remove excess furniture to create the idea of space. You don’t want buyers’ zig-zagging around or getting tangled up in the clutter of the house.
If walls are dirty a lick of paint costs very little to freshen them up. Clean, plain walls provide buyers with a blank canvas.
If carpets have become tired, discolored and have acquired a few stains over the years, if funds are on hand it can be worthwhile to take them up and throw them out. Depending on the budget and man hours available you could sand & varnish the floorboards underneath. Wooden floors can add to the décor of the room and it gives buyers the option of keeping your new floor or choosing their own carpet!
And finally remove a good chunk of your family photos and ornaments.
Although don’t go over board and hide all your family possessions as the house will look cold and bare!