QUICK AND EASY WAYS TO IMPRESS BUYERS – TOP TIPS FROM OUR TWOEXPERTS
Get the best marketing photographs by creating an ideal room layout and de-cluttering as much as possible.
Use stylish accessories, quality bedding and white towels for bathrooms and en-suites.
De-clutter and clean cupboards and surfaces, remove objects from tops of wardrobes and create space to improve the buyer’s perspective that there is enough space for them.
Improve kerb appeal with a tidy garden, trimmed foliage and bring light into windows by cutting back trees. Remove bins from the front and paint the front door.
Reduce personal photos to a bare minimum.
Colour should not be forgotten when creating a neutral backdrop. Add colour with accessories, cushions and art work.
Always remember people are buying your home not your relatives so minimise personal statements like family photographs.
If there’s a nice view, clear the windowsills of clutter and if necessary, wash curtains.
Keep colours neutral – it appeals to most people and creates space and light. A house must also be spotless – particularly the kitchen and bathroom. Keep windows washed and always have fresh flowers. If a kitchen is looking dated, a coat of paint, new doors or even replacing the handles can give units a new lease of life.
In the hall, do the woodwork and walls need a wash or a fresh lick of paint? If it is a small hallway, don’t crowd the walls. Have a mirror plus one well positioned picture.
Repaint the living room. If the wallpaper is dated, paint over with cream emulsion and arrange the furniture to create maximum space.
In the dining room give an old table a new lease of life by polishing, painting or covering it with a tablecloth. New seat covers or cushions can freshen up old chairs.
A bathroom is an important room and it must be clean, light and spacious. Replace old shower curtains and toilet seats if necessary. If it’s a coloured suite, minimise its impact with neutral walls and give tiles a facelift with specialist paint. If the grouting is discoloured, clean or re-colour it. People generally don’t like carpeted bathrooms. So replace with tiles or something similar.
Make the most of your gardens and outside space. This could include tubs of flowering plants or bay trees in urns to frame the entrance and give a welcoming first impression.
Always try to work out who is your most likely type of buyer and present your home accordingly. By doing so you can decide whether to present a spare room as, say, an office or a playroom, a gym or a study.
You have got to get buyers through the door and this means the outside needs to look inviting. Your house should at least look better than your neighbours and, if necessary, spend up to £1,000 on redecorating the window frames, entrance door and, if necessary, the exterior walls.
Kitchens have now become the “statement” room. Always ensure that you have clear and clean work surfaces. If your equipment is really dated and the rest of the house is looking good then it would be worthwhile installing a new oven, fridge, breakfast bar, etc. There are some great deals out there at the moment.
We recently advised a client with an empty property to upgrade the kitchen and we called in a company which supplied some furniture, making the house a home again. By doing so a buyer was found quickly.
CLEAN SWEEP: Bathrooms must be spick and span.