Are the days of making your home smell of fresh bread and coffee over? Do prospective home buyers see through this little ploy? Preparing for viewers, or ‘staging’ as it is commonly known, is still an important part of the whole process. It can help your home sell quicker as well as potentially add value to the property. Here we look at some of the things you can do to impress and create a ‘vision’ that the next occupiers will happily pay for.
Take care of those niggling repair jobs
You know the ones you have been putting off for years. Things such as; Filling in those holes in the walls. Replacing cracked or broken tiles. Replacing worn out carpets.
Spruce up the whole house
Clean properly throughout the house, including getting rid of limescale, buffing wooden floors, cleaning the carpets. Tidy up the garden, cut back bushes, cut the grass, clean the patio or deck as well as the garden furniture.
Declutter, but keep the personal touch
A buyer wants to be able to picture themselves and their family in the space. If it looks too much like a ‘Show Home’ it may put them off; Get rid of stuff, either by throwing it away or putting it into storage. Replace larger items of furniture so that smaller spaces will seem much more roomy. Create a lifestyle atmosphere so people can imagine themselves enjoying the space.
Get the paint brush out
A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for the visual impact. Go for lighter colours that make rooms feel airy and seem bigger. Paint the front door so it makes a positive first impact.
Update your kitchen
The kitchen is often a very important part of a buyer making a decision. Replace work surfaces and cabinets as this is much cheaper than having a whole new kitchen fitted. The surfaces may be a little more expensive, but they will add value. Get rid of anything that’s on the worktops leaving clear space. If you have the budget, upgrade your white goods. You may not recoup this investment but it may help your property sell faster.
Make sure your home feels welcoming by hanging curtains and blinds, dressing window sills with flowers or a plant. Keep ornaments to a minimum but don’t get rid of them all. You want the rooms to feel personalised and welcoming.
Get rid of smells
Bad smells are an ultimate turn off, good smells impact the overall impression.
If you are a smoker, refrain from smoking in the house before you intend allowing viewings. Check the drains, wash bins (and the wheelie ones), air the whole house to get rid of cooking smells etc. Make sure the bed linen is clean and fresh, who doesn’t love that smell? Although the fresh bread smell or cakes baking may not be so practical, the smell of fresh coffee is still one that appeals and is less ‘staged’ if you offer your visitors one! It may look like there’s a lot to do, but it’s worth it to attract the right buyer and get the right value for your home.