How to Get Your Home Noticed by Serious Buyers
Putting your house on the market can be a daunting process, and there are so many things that you need to consider, and, of course, things that you will need to do in order to get your house ready for sale.
You want to ensure that your house is noticed by the right people. These are the serious buyers; the ones who are interested enough in your property to put in an offer. Along the way you will undoubtedly find several buyers who are not as serious. Showing your home, the place you have made memories in, can be very emotional and when people don’t like it, it is hard not to take it personally; but sometimes a property just doesn’t tick all the boxes for a potential buyer.
Whether you are looking to move up the property ladder, or downsize, it is a good idea to take a look at the many ways in which you can make the most of your current property, maximising the value in order to attract those all-important offers.
Structural Defects – Fix Them
When a potential buyer looks around your property, they are adding up all the money they will need to spend to fix any issues they spot. Fixing all those little jobs you have been meaning to do is a great place to start – lots of little jobs that need doing will give potential buyers the idea that the property has not been cared for and may leave them wondering what else is wrong that they can’t see. These defects can be divided into two groups – the more serious ones:
- Cracks in walls
- Any damage to your roof – missing or broken tiles, guttering that it loose as well
- Leaking roof – and any damp it has caused inside the house
And, there’s the cosmetic work, which you may need to do to complete the serious jobs, but that may also include:
- Dripping taps
- Lifting sealant around the edge of your bathtub
- Issues with door handles, locks and catches
- Cracks in plaster, including ceilings
- Issues with windows
- Loose tiles, and if you have a garden any loose paving slabs
Remember First Impressions Count
Getting buyers through the door is the first step, so make sure that you give the right impression; kerb appeal is important. If a buyer is not impressed by what they see when they get to their property, then this will colour their opinion of the rest of the property. Clean the driveway and tidy up any plants or garden that you have at the front of your property. If you have spaces in your flower beds, fill them. Clean your windows and door, and if they need a lick of paint get out the paintbrush – but don’t be too bold with your colour choice.
Hang a mirror in your hallway and tidy up the clutter – this can help to make space seem brighter and more open and appealing.
Attracting The Right Type of Buyer
Who is your property most likely to appeal to? A couple downsizing, a young family or even a professional person? Once you have this worked out then present your spare room accordingly – an office for a professional person, a playroom for a family – this will help potential buyers to imagine themselves in the property.
Pave The Front of The Property
Many urban areas lack parking. If you have a small patch of garden at the front of your property in addition to a small driveway, and especially one that needs work, then consider having it paved. This will allow you to potentially double the parking space at the property. This can make it very attractive to any potential buyers who have multiple vehicles. If there is no off-road parking at all you will probably need to have the kerb dropped as well, which requires planning permission so allow time for this.
If you live in an older property that doesn’t have central heating, then consider having some put in. Whilst this might cost you between £1000 to £3000 it can increase the value of your property by up to £5000. Don’t forget to have this done before you do any cosmetic work to the property such as painting.
Bring The Outdoors Into Your Home
Placing some plants and flowers in your home is a great way to bring the outdoors in and create a real flow between your garden and the home. The garden is an extension of your home, and another room in the warmer weather so don’t forget to give it the once over as well. Mow the lawns, and trim any overhanging plants back. If you have a shed or fencing that is looking a little weathered, then give it a lick of paint. It can be a good idea to put loose children’s toys away as well to help the flow of the garden.
The Two Most Important Rooms
When it comes to property, the two most important rooms that a buyer is looking at are the bathroom and the kitchen; and these can make or break the sale. If either room is looking dated, then it is worth considering investing in having them redone. Keep it simple and classic and go for neutral colours that will give a buyer something to work with. If they can see that they will not have to make any investment in these two rooms, which are the most expensive to sort out, then this may well sway them towards making an offer on your property. Nobody wants to move into a home that they will immediately have to spend thousands on to improve the bathroom or kitchen.
Timing is Everything
Remember all these jobs take time, so plan accordingly. Don’t put your property on the market until you are happy with what you are presenting, and don’t rush to get in finished; a few days extra won’t hurt if it means finishing all those little jobs that will help you sell.