Anyone who’s selling their home will want to secure a potential buyer as soon as possible and get the best possible price for their home. If you can do the hard work before your property goes on the market then this increases the chances of both a quick sale and a great price. Here’s our top tips for when to redecorate (and when not to!) and how to ‘stage’ your house for sale.
1. De-clutter. This is a frequent top tip, and with good reason. The clutter of your everyday life can make your home look smaller, and could even de-value your property. Potential buyers want to see the full space in all its glory. Take the opportunity to start packing early, clearing away kitchen gadgets you don’t use every day, packing up knickknacks, and even moving bigger pieces of furniture into storage.
2. Once your home is perfectly de-cluttered, make sure it’s sparkling clean too. It can cost as little as £30 to hire a steam cleaner for the weekend that will take care of all your carpets, bringing them back to their former glory.
3. Not everything has to go. We’re not trying to contradict the first point, we promise! If you have your children’s paintings stuck to the fridge, or a great play set in the garden, that can really demonstrate to potential buyers what a lovely family home you have. This can be especially valuable if the property is in the catchment area for a good local school. Consider the sort of buyers who would be most interested in your house and what would appeal to them. Leese and Nagle would be more than happy to help with this.
4. Go neutral. If your house is decorated in bold colours or wallpapers, consider giving these rooms a lick of paint to something more neutral. That doesn’t mean it has to be magnolia all the way; off-white, cream, grey, or “greige” are good compromises.
5. Consider a professional staging company. This is particularly useful if the property you’re selling is currently empty, as furniture and accessories will help potential buyers imagine themselves living there. If you’re looking to sell quickly, some experts suggest professional staging can help a property sell for as much as 8% more than an un-staged property. If you do decide on this option and you’re still living in the house, be prepared to put some of your belongings in storage until it’s sold.
If you’re considering selling your home, Leese & Nagle are here to help. We can give you advice and tips personal to your property and guide you through the process. Give us a call today on 0117 974 1741 (Clifton office) or 0117 962 2299 (Westbury on Trym office) and we’ll be pleased to help you.