HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME MORE VALUABLE AND SELL FASTER

Step 1:  De-Clutter – but don’t depersonalize

Remove excess belongings that have accumulated in every nook and cranny. Put them into storage.
People need to be able to envisage what the property would look like if they were living there.
People are often buying into a lifestyle as much as a property.  Show them the attractive side of your lifestyle.
Consider removing any bulking furniture that makes the room feel small and replacing with smaller furniture.

Step 2:  A freshen-up with paint

Giving your walls a fresh look, neutral paint will make your home seem lighter and bigger
It will enable the viewers to more easily imagine how they would adapt the rooms to their needs.
It will be easier for buyers to move in and use the rooms immediately than if the walls were still bright purple or lime green.  Create a first good impression.

Step 3: Fix and clean

Make any minor repairs necessary – holes in walls, broken door knobs, cracked tiles.
Clean everything until it sparkles. Clear away lime scale, clean and repair tile grout, wax wooden floors, clear odours and hang up fresh towels.
Tidy up the garden, cut back bushes, clean the patio of lichen and dirt and mow the grass. While this doesn’t add value to your home it shows the care you have taken.

Step 4: Update the kitchen

The kitchen is the most valuable room in the house.  It is worth the most per square foot and    can make the difference when buyers are unsure.
Consider re-facing your kitchen cabinets. This is much cheaper than installing new cabinets and often as effective.
De-clutter the surfaces and take out any bulky appliances.

Step 5: Light and airy

Wall mirrors make a room look much bigger and lighter. Consider installing especially in smaller rooms or hallways.
Clean windows inside and out and replace any broken light bulbs.  Making the place feel light and airy makes rooms feel bigger and the property more attractive.
Ensure you have lamps on in any dark corners or recesses.

Step 6:  Light a fire

When the weather is cold – light your fire.  Consider burning some pinecones for their aromatic aroma.  This will make your home feel warm and inviting. If you don’t have a fire then ensure the fireplace is clean.

Step 7:  Make it look pretty

Ensure the windows are properly dressed with blinds or curtains as bare windows can feel impersonal and run down.  Plants and flowers bring colour, life and light into a room and also smell pleasant.  So does that fruit bowl on your kitchen counter.

Step 8:  Get the right smells

Bad smells are the single biggest turn off for prospective buyers.  Don’t just cover them up, fix the source of the smell.  Clear drains, wash bins, open windows, air the kitchen from old cooking smells, remove furniture that is embedded with cigarette smoke.

Conversely good smells can make a property feel like an alluring home.  While it might be impractical to bake bread for every potential viewing you could perhaps brew some fresh coffee.

WE HOPE WE HAVE BEEN OF HELP IN PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR SALE ON THE CURRENT MARKET.