THE BEAST FROM THE EAST HAS BEEN DEFEATED, THE PEST FROM THE WEST HAS BLOWN THROUGH AND NOW SPRING IS FINALLY ON THE WAY. IT IS POPULAR BELIEF NOW IS THE BEST TIME TO PUT YOUR PROPERTY ON THE MARKET, BUT HOW CAN YOU ENSURE YOUR PROPERTY ACHIEVES THE BEST PRICE?
FOLLOW OUR TOP TEN TIPS TO MAXIMISE YOUR SALE PRICE POTENTIAL:
1. FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT
Most buyers will make a decision about your property before they have even crossed the threshold. The best local estate agents will talk about “kerb appeal” which is key to first impressions. Is the approach clear and attractive? Is the exterior paint work in good condition? Planting flowers in bloom and driving the old station runner off the drive and round the corner all add to creating a perfect picture for buyers.
2. CREATING SPACE
When it comes to property the general rule is the bigger the better. Remove any unnecessary furniture, clear surfaces, strategically place mirrors to catch the light and removing living space doors are all ways to ensure your square footage is optimised and rooms flow nicely.
3. SHOWCASE YOUR PROPERTY IN THE BEST “LIGHT”
It has long been popular belief fresh flowers and home baked bread are the avant-garde advise to making your property appealing to buyers. It is true making your home light and airy will make it more attractive; freshen the walls with a neutral colour palette, modernise the decor and ensuring the windows are clean will make certain your property is looking its best. Do not be afraid to turn on internal lights, lighting can set the mood of a room for a potential buyer.
4. THE SPRING CLEAN
A dirty house is a deterrent to any buyer. Utilise the Spring Clean and freshen your property from top to bottom. Buyers will be looking at every inch of your home, dirty bathrooms, kitchen sinks and skirting boards are key. Allow your potential buyers to concentrate on the attributes of your property and not be distracted by a television unit laden with dust. If you have a pet, they might be a popular member of your family but not all buyers will see them as a welcome addition to their future property. Keep pet evidence to a minimum, hide food bowels, litter trays and clutter.
5. DEFINE YOUR ROOMS
Is your home four bedrooms, three bedrooms and and gym, office, snug? Present your home as you wish it to be sold. Don’t use your spare bedroom as storage space or use your dining room as a make shift studio. Buyers will see the space as unusable and will make the assumption the room is simply too small for what it is being advertised as, a quick and easy way to depreciate the value of your property.
Ensuring your home is a comfortable and welcoming temperature is a key component to any sale. Temperature sets a tone of a house, light the fire if it is cold, open the patio doors if it is warm. Create a space where potential buyers will linger.
7. GROW THE VALUE OF YOUR GARDEN
A garden can be a key selling point for some buyers, make your garden as attractive as possible. Mow the lawn, tidy paths, screen off rubbish bins and removing children’s toys such as trampolines all add to the finesse of your property. Paint the picture of the long awaited British summer, if the weather is kind, dress garden furniture with a cushion, a book and a bottle of wine with two glasses. Set the scene for your buyers to see themselves in this space.
If parking is limited at your property make sure the potential buyer has an easy customer journey. Move your car to to another location and ensure all available space it given. Do not clutter the driveway with bicycles and BBQ’s. If your parking is on street you might consider requesting your neighbours park further away for a day or so. A buyer who arrives stressed because they couldn’t get near the property is not going to be in a positive frame of mind.
9. KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES
Potential buyers are not only going to be looking at your property but also at your neighbours. Is their property well kept? Do they have an overgrown garden or a barking dog? Have chat with them and maybe offer some assistance? Making the area or region of your property appealing is an asset to any buyer.
10. DON’T TAKE IT PERSONALLY
Selling and buying your home is an extremely personal process but when it comes to selling your home your personal style might not be to everyones taste. Family photos, children’s paraphernalia and bric-a-brac that has been with you for years may have even become invisible in everyday life. Take a fresh look and depersonalise your home creating a blank canvas for potential buyers to visualise their life at your property.
Marketing your property at its best and right from the start will make a huge difference. You can’t afford to get it wrong and award winning local estate agents such as Mount & Minster will be able to point you in the right direction and help from start to finish.
In the event you’re thinking of marketing your property this Spring or Summer and would like to discuss how to get the best possible price, then we would be delighted to offer you a free consultation at a time to suit you. You can contact us at either our Lincoln (01522 716 205) or Grantham (01476 515 329) offices and it will be our pleasure to help you further. Alternatively, click here.