So you’ve decided to put your house on the market – now what? How do you make your home attractive to buyers? How do you make sure it sells for as much as possible so you can reap its true value? Check out the Prior guide to making your home more sellable. Follow these tips and your house won’t be on the market for long!
Space, space, space
The main thing modern buyers want is space. Whether it’s a young family or a landlord looking to rent to students, more space definitely amounts to more money. With this in mind it’s incredibly important to decide if you can physically create more rooms or space, and to make all parts of the house appear more spacious.
Conversions – could you extend into the loft or convert the garage into another room?
Easy extensions – could you build a conservatory or orangery to create more space with little investment and disruption?
While these possibilities can appeal to buyers, you do need to question whether you should let the new owners take advantage of the added value to the house. You could make these home improvements now and make way for a higher asking price. Adding an extension to your home not only makes it more luxurious, but it can up the value of your home by 15%.
Tricks of the trade
To make rooms and hallways appear bigger, you should use natural light and bright, airy colours. Mirrors are great for reflecting light into dark corners and making a space appear lighter and larger. You should also make sure any other nooks and crannies which don’t receive light have lamps for a warm feel.
Potential buyers need to be able to envision themselves living in your home. This is pretty difficult when it is full to the brim of your belongings and clutter. Make every room as minimal as possible – tidy things into cupboards and draws, or if needed take some items to a family member’s house to store during viewings. Sell the space, not your personal lifestyle.
Focus on the Outdoors
As well as making sure your home looks inviting inside, it’s important not to neglect the exterior of your home and grounds. The front garden should look attractive and neat, and the back garden should look spacious and alluring – you want buyers to imagine themselves having BBQs or their children playing in the garden. Simple tasks such as cutting the grass and cleaning the patio furniture go a long way.
These simple tips will make your home instantly more sellable – good luck.