There are many reasons why homeowners are eager to secure a fast sale; whether it’s relocating for work, looking for more space or trying to get a child into a new catchment area to name a few. Here we look at some of the top tips to help people maximise their opportunities and speed up the selling process.
To maximise all possible viewings, its important a home is presented at its best and so that it shows off its potential. One way of doing this is through ‘home staging’, a concept created by interior designers, which makes the interior of a home look more appealing to potential buyers.
There are a few tips to home staging, starting with looking at your home through the eyes of an outsider. Distancing yourself from the home can be difficult, especially if the home is full of ‘loved’ items such as family photos, ornaments and collectables. All personal clutter needs to be packed away to allow the potential buyers to visualise themselves living in the property.
Don’t go too far as equally empty homes don’t always sell. Up to 85% of people are unable to visualise how a room will look and feel if it is not furnished. Also, an empty room can feel cold and soulless, so aim to place the very basics of furniture when selling an empty house.
Sometimes it is important to remember less is more. Too much furniture or very large items can make a room look smaller and too many pictures can make a room feel very enclosed. However, with the right presentation interiors can highlight the positive aspects of a room.
Lighting is important when selling a home. Always try to increase the amount of light in any room, so take down heavy curtains and blinds and if you need a little bit of privacy, drape voile over the curtain pole for an effortless look.
Home hunters can often miss the potential of larger homes due to vast amount of space available. A useful tip is to always give a room a purpose to make each part of the house appealing to viewers. For example, a family home may benefit from a playroom whilst professionals may require a home office.
If you know the home has potential, point it out. If your neighbour has renovated their loft, ask if you can show any interested home hunters to give them an idea of space. Or if the property has any planning permission, be prepared with any documentation.
There are many tricks and tips to home staging, however if you’re really struggling there are professionals available. However don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and speak to any of our agents, we’re always happy to offer advice on selling a home in order to make your house move as quick and effortless as possible.