The internet has fundamentally altered a great many aspects of our lives, but there’s no denying the effect that it’s had on the housing market. Whereas not so long ago to find a property you’d walk from high-street estate agent to high-street estate agent, now the whole housing market is available at the click on a mouse and the tap of a keyboard.
It’s a fundamental shift that’s meant that now, more than ever before, there’s huge competition for every house sale.
So, how do you make your home more attractive to buyers in such a crowded marketplace? Here’s five huge tips:
- Declutter, but keep the personality
What we might see as everyday essentials in our home can look an awful lot like clutter when viewed by a stranger. As such, it’s become essential that before you have your home photographed that you declutter your home.
That doesn’t mean getting rid of every family photo and making your home a sterile selling machine, but it does mean presenting your home in such a way that other people can imagine living in it. Keeping the personality is essential to landing a quick sale in a market flooded with anonymous cream boxes.
- Improve the exterior
The outside of your home is just as important as the inside, so don’t neglect the curb appeal of your property.
Simple things like removing the weeds, pressure washing any slabs, buying some fresh potted plants and trimming the hedge have a huge impact on the first impressions potential buyers will have of your property. Add that to a fresh lick of paint to any woodwork on the outside of your home and you’ve just greatly improved the attractiveness of your home.
- Fix what needs to be fixed
If you’re moving out of a property (or at least hoping to), there’s a tendency to leave the issues with your property for the next person to deal with. We’re talking about walls that need painting, doors that need fixing, carpets that need replacing and all the little things around your home which might cause a buyer to pause for a moment.
Not everyone has the appetite to renovate a property, so if you can make your house easy to move into without heaps of renovation to be done, you’ll see a sale much faster.
- Consider renovating your kitchen
It’s no secret that whilst the kitchen is the most valuable room in your home, it’s not one that sees change often, which leads to a great many old fashioned and rather stale looking kitchens in British homes.
If you don’t want to spend the money on a whole refurb though, why not make some cheaper changes? Re-facing your kitchen cabinets can have a huge effect on the space and investing in new linoleum flooring can really update a space. It doesn’t cost a lot, but it’s extremely effective.
- Light a fire
It’s an old house selling trick, but if you’re showing a property on an evening or on a cold day, why not light a fire? The smell alone is enough to improve a property showing, let alone the warmth and comfort it offers. It’s simple and free!
Get in touch for more advice about making your house more attractive to buyers and find out how you could save thousands by using an online estate agent.