The real estate market may be improving, but the chances are that unless you live in a very popular area, your home could still take a while to sell. There are many things that can be off putting to a potential buyer, so to increase your chances of a fast sale, you will need to correctly stage your home.
To help generate more interest in your house and ultimately secure a quicker sale, follow these simple tips.
Clear Out Clutter
You need to aim to present your property in a way that is welcoming, so one of the most important things you can do is to de-personalise and de-clutter your home. Make sure to take down family photographs and put clutter away – too many things on display will cause viewers to question the amount of storage in your property.
Carry Out Repairs
You may be used to a broken gutter, leaking tap, stuck window or that hole in the wall, but none of these appeal to buyers. Viewers pick up on any faults and even small issues can be a no-no. Therefore, carry out repairs before you list so that the photographs do your home justice.
Set the Scene
After de-cluttering, the next thing you need to do is dress your home to impress. Think about the way a show home is presented and try to emulate, combining warm but neutral tones with luxurious fabrics. When you have viewings, use incense or fragrance to make your home smell divine.
The exterior of your home is responsible for providing that all important first impression. Whether you own an apartment or a house with a garden, pay attention to the outside of your property. Remove any rubbish, make sure your paint work is up-to-date and aim to make the space functional.
The Price is Right
One of the worst things you can do is overestimate the market value of your home. If you list your property at too high a price, it may end up being overlooked. In order to secure a quick sale, your home must be competitively priced.
Use Social Media
With more than 3 billion registered users of social media, these websites are helpful selling tools that should not be overlooked. Therefore, when your house has been listed online, post it on Twitter and Facebook using relevant hashtags. You can also ask friends to share and retweet, increasing the amount of people who will see it.
If you limit the days and times potential buyers can arrange viewings, they may cross your property off their list. While you have a busy schedule, you need to remember that viewers do, too. Keep your house clean and tidy and allow your agent to carry out viewings while you are at work.