If you’re selling your house, you want to ensure that your house is as appealing as possible in order to get you lots of views and make sure that you get the best price. We’ve all heard that the best way to sell a house is with the smell of freshly baked bread and coffee, but this isn’t always entirely practical, especially if you have lots of viewings, so instead, try putting these small tips into practise in your home in order to increase the viewers through the door and make sure that you get that all-important sale.
Tip 1: Keep The Drive Tidy
Keeping the drive tidy is all about creating the right first impression and making sure that your house has curb appeal. It is the first thing that any potential buyers will see when they pull up to your house, and what they see from the outside could help shape their opinion of the inside. Create a good first impression from the offset by keeping your drive free of weeds, your windows clean and making sure that your front lawn isn’t overgrown if you have one. Don’t leave piles of mail by the door and do what you can to make sure that your home is welcoming from the get go.
Tip 2: Box Up Clutter
Clutter can be really off-putting when it comes to house hunting. You may love all your ornaments and knick knacks, but leaving them around during a viewing makes it harder for the prospective buyer to imagine their own belongings in the house. You’ll be packing up eventually anyway, so if your house is particularly cluttered, why not get a head start, as well as helping to create more of a blank canvas for anyone coming to view.
Tip 3: Make The House Smell Nice
There’s nothing worse than walking into a house and being hit by a less than pleasant smell, even more so when it is somewhere that you’re looking to buy. In order to avoid this problem, invest in a plug in air freshener which emits scent at regular intervals to ensure that your home always smells fresh and clean, making sure that you’re ready for any surprise viewings.
Tip 4: Keep The Garden Neat
Seeing an overgrown garden can put lots of people off a house, simply because it suggests that there is a lot of work to be done. This then begs the question of what other work needs doing in the house, making your home seem like a daunting project, rather than somewhere that they can move straight into. Even keeping your lawn trimmed can do wonders in showing that your garden is well cared for.
Tip 5: Try To Avoid Pets & Children Being Home At Viewings
This isn’t always possible, but having your kids or dog running around the prospective owners feet can definitely be off putting. It can distract from all the wonderful features that your home has to offer, and while it may highlight that your house works perfectly for a family, it may end up being all the potential buyers remember. If possible, drop the children and pets off at a friend or relatives before the viewing – or if you can’t, make sure that they’re suitably amused with an activity while people are looking around.
Making your house more appealing to buyers isn’t rocket science, but it can be hard to see the small changes when it is somewhere that you’re living. Ask a friend or relative to come over and give you frank, honest advice about what they’d change in your home to give you an idea of what prospective buyers may be interested in, and remember, it isn’t personal, it’s all about getting that sale.