So you’re thinking of selling your home but want to wait until after the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted? Like so many other sellers, you can give yourself a huge advantage and do one or two things to prepare and, possibly, add value as well.
Kerb AppealFirst impressions are everything. A potential buyer will decide whether your house is for them within 35 seconds of their visit. Tidy up your frontage if you have the time - trim plants, weed paths, clean up window frames and woodwork.
LightingEasily the most underrated feature that can make such a huge difference if approached in the correct way. Order brighter bulbs for your lights, especially for dark rooms. If you're short of natural light, bringing in artificial light is the next best way to help a house look good when viewings commence after lockdown.
De-Clutter If in doubt, throw it out! Be bold about recycling and putting unnecessary items or things that are not used out of sight. Use the garage and fill it up! Don't worry about this space looking its best, everybody uses it as a dumping ground and so will your buyers. The emptier the house, the bigger it will feel. Photographs will also stand out as opposed to looking 'busy'.
Kitchen worktops Make sure food prep machines and cooking utensils are kept out of sight when viewers are likely to come. Kitchens and bathrooms sell houses. The kitchen is a crucial factor in house buying decisions that making the most of yours is essential.
Attractive smells Order some room fresheners ready for when people view. Try to go for reed diffusers if you can, as opposed to plug-ins. Lots of research has been done into how important scent is to a viewer’s first impressions of a house. It's something they will notice straight away and isn't a factor that can be anticipated from the brochure before they arrive.
Coat of PaintA fresh coat of paint will help a room feel brighter and the house looked-after. Remember, neutral colours are best. Safe click-and-collect orders can be made at B&Q and Screwfix if you need supplies.
Distraction actionHave a plan about arranging for friends or family to look after dogs when viewers start to get booked in - you might love them but potential buyers want to be able to focus on your house.
Fixer-upper Any little maintenance jobs that need doing, like replacing a broken roof tile or mending a dripping tap, start making calls to tradespeople now to warn them you might need them. These little things make a big difference to how well cared for your house appears to viewers.
Beat the rushIf you haven’t already, call an estate agent who can value your house safely using an online valuation tool and their own local knowledge. Start to have the conversation now about selling your house so that you are prepared. The very best ones will be able to offer a video consultation. Remember, they're free!
PaperworkGet all the documentation about your property now, you’ll be one step ahead when solicitors need them for their inventories etc.
If you wish to ask us any advice or to arrange a video valuation of your property, please contact us on 01522 716204 (Lincoln office) or 01476 515329 (Grantham office).