1) First Impressions:

No matter how many improvements you’ve made or how much effort you’ve put into making your home presentable, the truth is that potential home buyers have already started judging your home long before they even walk through the front door.

When it comes to selling your home, I’m afraid it’s what’s on the outside that counts. There are several things you can do to increase your home’s kerb appeal, many of which won’t cost you very much. Better still, improvements that add kerb appeal generally yield at least a 100% return when you eventually manage to sell your home.

2) It’s your house not your home:

Prospective home buyers want to vision themselves living in a house they intend to buy. The more personalised your home is, the less they are able to do so. So take down those family photos, remove the kid’s drawings from the fridge door and put all your keepsakes into storage. You should aim to remove between a quarter and a third of the things in your house. This will also make your home seem bigger and allow you to maximise your space.

3) No Pets:

Not all prospective home buyers are not animal lovers and some even have fears of animals. Don’t just put your pet in a room and keep the door closed during viewings as this will restrict the potential house buyer being able to inspect that room. It may even lead them to think you are concealing something about your home. Temporarily removing the animal for the duration of the viewing is a much better option. The same goes for pooch paraphernalia and kitty bits. People looking to buy your home may be put off when they see the dog bowl in the kitchen or the litter tray in the hallway. Also make sure you thoroughly remove any animal hair that could cling to potential buyers’ clothes and leave with them with the impression that your house may be unclean.

4) The price is right:

Do your own extensive research from different reliable sources to find out exactly what your house is worth. Once you have completed all your research and have a good idea of the price your home is likely to achieve on the open market, consider reducing that price. Competitively pricing your property is the single best way to achieve a sale. And if you think pricing your property too low seems risky, just consider how risky it is to price it too high. You will probably remain on the market longer than you wish and eventually attain a sale after dropping the price in the end anyway, having paid all the extra bills you wouldn’t have been paying had you priced your home right in the first place. Plus, if your property is on the market for too long potential buyers will wonder why and perhaps may even presume there is something wrong with it.

5) Odour Destroyer:

Numerous surveys have shown that the number one thing that puts potential home buyers off is the presence of unsavoury odours in a home they are viewing. According to potential home buyers the stench of cigarette smoke and smell of damp/ mildew is the most off putting odours present at properties. Try your best to completely eradicate any bad odours, rather than simply covering them up with perfumed scents. Potential buyers may have a more sensitive sense of smell than you, or may notice smells in your house to which you have simply become accustomed. You should also avoid cooking any strong smelling food before a viewing.

6) Empty the closet:

Potential home buyers are always keen on storage space.! When looking to buy a house, people will always sneak a peek inside any cupboards or closets in your property, so ensure they are thoroughly cleaned and neatly organised.

7) Obsessive Cleaning:

A bit obvious but it is very easy to miss cleaning a certain part of the house- but the people viewing will notice this! Once the whole property has been cleaned inside and out, conduct an inspection yourself to see what does not match up to the new standard of immaculateness. This is a good way of deciding whether or not there are small home improvements that need to be made before your home is ready to be put on the market.

8) Light:

A bright, well lit home is second only to location in terms of what people look for when looking to buy a home. Therefore, in order to sell your house, you need to take advantage of every bit of light that enters your home. Take down your curtains, clean the windows, place mirrors at strategic points to reflect and maximise the light shining through your windows, paint rooms in bright (neutral) colours that reflect light, get rid of your lampshades, buy higher wattage light bulbs, trim trees and cut down bushes that block the light and shadow the house; do anything and everything you can possibly do to make your home as bright as possible in order to help you sell your

home.

9) Remodelling and quick fixes:

Get your property assessed by reputable and thoroughly vetted experts in order to ascertain what essential improvements need to be made and find out how much each of these will cost. Get many quotes and compare! Do not go overboard on the home improvements. Little, inexpensive changes like painting the front door or having the carpets thoroughly cleaned will pay off.

10) Knowledge:

If you are selling your home yourself, make sure you are clued up on your property and ready to answer any potential questions that might get thrown at you. Ensure you know exactly what you pay out for gas, electric, water, council tax; be ready to tell potential buyers how long it takes to get to the town centre, the closest park, the train station, the nearest hospital; expect to be asked about the local schools, doctor’s surgeries, take away restaurants, leisure facilities, places of worship. You never know when a little fact about your property and the surrounding area could be the difference between getting an offer and watching the buyer walk away. Research, be prepared and know your stuff!

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