Spring has arrived and so has the house selling and buying season. With major improvements in the weather, Christmas spending out of the way, and a new school year on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to put your house on the market. If you’re looking for a quick sale, choosing this time of year as well as utilising our ideas below, should offer you more success.
Investing time and money into staging your home gives you an advantage over other sellers in your area. Although it may seem like a strange idea to spend money on a house that you no longer wish to live in, investing in the presentation of your home provides buyers with a much better idea of what kind of property they’re purchasing.
How should I stage the outside of my home?
First impressions count, especially so when selling a property. If a buyer dislikes the outside of your house, their mood has deflated and they’re not going into the rest of the property with an open mind. To avoid this kind of disappointment, there are several effective ways to stage the outside:
- Improve kerb appeal with a tidy garden
Simply trimming back unruly trees and bushes, sweeping pavements and pathways, and removing any weeds instantly improves the look and feel of your home. Add a colourful hanging basket or plant pot for a splash of spring, brightening up the outside even on a grey and drizzly day.
- Replace failed double glazed windows
All houses come with repairs that the next owner needs to address. However, if you have misted-up double glazing, this could potentially deter buyers as they may question how much it will cost them to replace the windows. Simply replacing the pane, rather than the entire frame, is cost effective for selling your home.
- Clean and maintain your windows
Dirty windows can promptly put a buyer off. Simply cleaning and maintaining your windows effectively offers your home an instant facelift. Take a look at our previous article for some top tips.
- Update letter boxes and knockers on front door
Door ‘furniture’, such as letter boxes, knockers, and door bells, can sometimes become outdated and start to look worn and old. Updating these smaller items offers a fresh look to your front door and shows you haven’t overlooked the finer details.
What are the main points to remember on the inside?
Once you’ve got the buyers through the door, you need to continue to impress them. There are some simple, but incredibly effective methods of doing this, such as:
- Cleaning thoroughly (under sofas, lampshades, behind the oven etc.)
- Changing the layout of furniture to create more space, or even removing bulkier pieces of furniture and placing into storage
- Adding a fresh coat of paint
- Placing fresh flowers in every room
- Removing bad smells, such as full bin bags, shoes, and pets
- Adding some personal aspects, without overwhelming the buyer, but so your house looks and feels like a home
- Giving rooms a function, so the buyer has an idea of how your home can be utilised
How can I take inspiration from show homes?
A great way to stage your home is to take inspiration from show homes. Although these new builds are blank canvases and haven’t been lived in, they offer the buyer the chance to see how their new home could look. When visiting these show homes, take note of:
- Placement of furniture
- Finishing touches, such as light switches and fittings
- Update handles if they look dated
- Change to key lockable handles as this helps with insurance
For more information on replacing your failed double glazing, contact your local Cloudy2Clear branch today, to get the glass repaired before your start having house viewings!
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