Getting Your Property Ready for the Housing Market

Posted on Oct 24 2018 - 9:00am by Guest writer

Did you know that a buyer often makes the decision of whether or not to purchase a property in as little as just 30 seconds? This means, if you want to sell your property, it needs to make an instant positive impression.

Here, you’ll discover how to get your property ready for the housing market in order to increase your chances of making a sale.

Start from the outside in

When you’re looking at ways to improve your property’s chances of selling, it’s best to start with the exterior. Many sellers forget that the outside of the property is the very first thing a potential buyer sees. So, if they arrive for the viewing only to find the outside of the property is untidy and unattractive, it could instantly convince them not to buy.

Make sure the gardens are clean, uncluttered and if the paintwork could use a little refresh, give it a fresh coat of paint. The nicer the property looks from the outside, the more likely it will sell.

Maximise the lighting

Kitchen lighting

Once you’re ready to move onto the interior of the property, you’ll want to focus on the lighting. Adding a more spacious, light feel to the home will automatically boost its profit potential.

You can use mirrors to reflect natural light into the home, while also ensuring the windows are letting plenty of light in by eliminating curtains and installing blinds. Even the light fittings can make a big difference without breaking the bank. If you want to really appeal to buyers, you could even add a statement chandelier in the dining room or lounge.

Focus on the kitchen and bathroom

If you don’t have the budget to renovate the entire home ready to sell, the two rooms to focus your attention on are the bathroom and kitchen. These rooms tend to be the most popular, with buyers looking for both aesthetic appeal and functionality.

So, if your appliances in the kitchen haven’t been updated for years, you may want to invest in new ones purely to give the kitchen a more modern, aesthetically pleasing design. You don’t need to spend a fortune, but the more you can spend on making these rooms more appealing, the better.

Add those finishing touches

Teak furniture, B&Q, £300

When selling a home, it often comes down to those finishing touches. Plants, throws, cushions and scented candles can go a long way to helping a house feel more like a home. Buyers want to be able to picture themselves living there and they’ll be able to do that much better if they can see nice, homely touches.

These are just some of the ways you can make your property ready to sell. As you can see, you don’t need to spend a fortune to make the house more appealing to buyers.

This post was created in collaboration with Heal’s.

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