When you list your property, it is time for you to start thinking of it as a house, rather than your home. One of the easiest ways to do this is to de-personalise. Not only will this help the moving process, but it will also allow viewers to imagine themselves in the space. Put family photographs, statement pieces of art and loud bedding into storage, or in under-bed storage containers. Staging your home and making the space more neutral is key to achieving the best possible price.
All About Storage
Whether you own a small apartment or a large family home, ample storage is always important. Before you place your property on the market, make sure you clear away clutter and tidy. If you have built in wardrobes, an airing cupboard, or a storage area under the stairs, then viewers will probably want to open doors and look. Bulging cupboards and doors that struggle to close will do you no favours here. Aim to remove a third of your items and then neatly arrange what remains.
Let There Be Light!
Light, open and airy spaces are appealing and a lack of light can turn a potential buyer off. But before you start installing larger windows or swapping wooden internal doors for glass alternatives, there are cheap and easy ways of increasing light. Place lamps in the corner of the room to give the illusion of more space, paint in paler colours to give rooms a more airy feel, or hang pale coloured curtains and open blinds.
Apply for Planning Permission
When you are packing and house hunting, the last thing on your mind is building an extension. Plus, upgrading may not reward you financially when your property sells. However, applying for planning permission can increase the interest in your property, as well as the final sale value. If your home has a small kitchen, a lack of living space, or space above the garage for an extra bedroom, applying for planning permission will allow viewers to see your home’s full potential.
Hide Your Pets
Your dog may be a huge part of your family, but your pet could put off potential buyers. Before viewings, make sure you vacuum up any pet hair, remove any mess from the back garden and also be wary of animal odours. Animal hair and smells may give the impression that your house is unclean, which could send buyers running, or leave them making a lower offer to account for replacing carpets.