WANT TO GAIN THAT ALL IMPORTANT BUYER... SUPER FAST?
You’ve probably been deliberating for a while about selling, and have seen another property that has caught your eye, sound familiar? The next step is getting us out to value your property. It’s only then that you realise that all the clutter or those piles of paperwork you keep pushing to one side now really need clearing away for the brochure photos. We’ve all been there, and it can be tempting in your excitement to get on the market to think, oh well, the benefits of the property will sell themselves. Whilst sometimes this is true, there are also some simple steps you can take to make your property as attractive and appealing as possible.
Spring and Summer are popular times to sell a house, the light and warmth make everything seem naturally more welcoming. Being a popular time to sell also means that you’ll be facing a little more competition than other times of the year. It’s really important to give off that all-important impression that you could just move in and settle in your house, building an emotional connection with a buyer and making them feel that they have to have your house. If your home is ‘staged’ for selling, you’ll be ready for those last-minute viewing requests and will only need to have a quick flit around before us and the potential buyer arriving!
Our top tips for summer staging…
Let in as much light as possible
Light makes a room feel larger and more open, giving the feel of space and outside in. As let’s face it, we’d rather be outside in the summer months than stuck in a dark indoor atmosphere. If you have trees, bushes or plants next to windows and doors now would be a good time to give them a trim to maximise your light availability. If you have dark rooms or corners, a well-placed lamp or uplighter will make all the difference at viewings.
Create an attractive outdoor living space
Some pots of colourful flowers by your front door make the house seem instantly more welcoming and attract the eye. Glancing at a property and seeing beautiful colours surrounding the front door creates a great first impression. Now is a good time to mow the lawn once per week and have a spruce of any flower beds, cutting back anything overgrown. Placing outdoor furniture in a sunny spot will have your potential buyers visualising lunch in the sun and enjoying the peace of the garden, some low background music playing from inside will help to create a relaxing atmosphere.
Stage for entertaining
Setting up the furniture in a way to facilitate entertaining is a great way to get potential buyers visualising that housewarming drinks party, or the summer BBQ and Christmas lunch. Make your home into the attractive entertaining space that a potential buyer is searching for. Set your dining table if you can and accessorise with a lovely vase of flowers, your potential buyers will be instantly impressed.
Keep colours neutral, we all have our own tastes, but neutral colours give off the freshest and clean impression. Any bright duvet covers, especially in children’s rooms, can be covered with cheap plain and neutral coloured throws. Beds should be made up and pillows arranged neatly. Put out your best towels in the bathrooms, fluffy clean towels give the impression of luxury, if you can afford it, buy a few new. Try to clear away as much clutter as you can, piles of paperwork, stray toys and clothes lying around should be packed away into cupboards, or even your car if that viewing is a real last-minute request. To create a good impression, clear your hallway of shoes and winter coats, no one wants to think about winter now!
The night before a viewing is probably not the best time to cook a fish pie, but equally ensuring that you have some fresh air blowing through will rid your property of any unwelcome smells. Some fresh flowers in the kitchen and lounge will be intuitively appealing, not only visually but creating a lovely fresh scent. Air fresheners or a candle burning before a viewing, as long as they are not overpowering, will also add to the appeal of your home.
We love the way the property, in the images here, is staged. In fact, it was under offer within days of going onto the market. The neutral colours, natural light, clutter-free and appealing touches such as flowers and an attractively set up outdoor space all contribute to its buyer appeal.