How To Improve The Saleability Of Your Home
There are many reasons why you might make the decision to sell your house. Maybe you’ve decided it’s time to move on, or maybe you’re looking to upgrade. Perhaps a bereavement means you no longer want to live in your home, or you’re selling the home of a recently lost loved one. Whatever the reason, unfortunately, you’ll have to deal with the moment-to-moment minutiae of actually selling the building, and this can be quite an arduous process.
It’s a sad fact that you might run into some difficulty when you’re selling your home. There could be a number of reasons for this. From the location (which you can’t help) to how the interior looks (which you can to a certain extent), there will be some factors you’re in control of and some you’re simply not. All you can do is help the things you can change and accept what you can’t. Here’s how you can improve the saleability of your home.
Work on the garden
Believe it or not, the garden is an important factor when people are deciding whether or not to buy your home. You need to make sure that your front and back gardens are looking great because they’re going to leave a lasting impression on people who are looking around the property. There are lots of ways you can achieve this. From low maintenance composite decking to good quality DIY landscaping, you can find plenty of ways to make your garden sing when prospective buyers come around.
Change your colour scheme
Dark, dingy colour schemes aren’t a great way to sell a home. Done right, they can be beautiful visual complements to good-quality furniture and give an antique look, but done wrong they can make a room look smaller and less inviting than it actually is. When you’re selling your home, consider bright, attractive colours. Don’t go too crazy – bright green might not be the best idea – but a soft magnolia or light purple would go a long way towards making the home look appealing.
Display some art or prints
When people are viewing your home with an eye to buying it, they’re going to be looking for eye-catching features and inspiring home decor ideas. Art not only makes your home look more attractive, but it also makes the place look more human. If you were buying a home, you’d like to imagine that it was somewhere actual people could live rather than a robotic-looking show home. Just don’t display pictures of your family while you’re selling the home, as this could be a touch too personal.
Clean the place from top to bottom
It might sound obvious, but one of the reasons your home isn’t selling could be that you’re not cleaning it regularly. Prospective buyers like to see a home at its cleanest because that represents the property at its best. Some tasks should be done every day, while others can safely be completed less regularly. If your house is dirty, it’ll make people think there’s a reason you don’t maintain it often, and it also just doesn’t look great. Make sure it’s clean and you’ll increase the saleability massively.
Paint your home
A fresh coat of paint can work wonders for a home. Just by painting the house, you’re taking years of wear and tear and usage out of it. There could be hundreds of marks, stains, and other things that are reducing the saleability of your home, and painting the walls will get rid of all of these and make the place feel like new again. There is a method to this, so make sure you’re doing it right. You’d be amazed by how easy it is for newcomers to spot a bad coat of paint.
Consider your furniture arrangement
It might not seem like it’s worth the expense, but tatty, old, or moth-eaten furniture definitely won’t be improving your home’s value. If you’re going to sell, you want to make sure you’ve got the right balance of furniture displayed. Too much and you’ll make people feel intimidated. Not enough and your home will feel stark and unloved. You need just enough furniture to make it feel like a real home while also getting rid of your more “well-loved” pieces.
Make sure there’s enough light
Just like a dark colour scheme, if there isn’t enough light in a room then it can seriously affect not only your mood but also the mood of prospective buyers. Getting enough light into a room is crucial if you want to give your home a feeling of welcoming invitation. All you need to do is make sure your windows aren’t covered, and if they are, then ensure your curtains aren’t too dark. This is also true of whatever new home you move into – make sure the light sources aren’t obscured.
Upsell your area
If you ever accompany estate agents when you’re selling the property, then you need to make sure you give the prospective buyer the positive points of the area in which your property finds itself. Talk about local landmarks, the sense of community in your area, and the ease with which you can reach the town centre (if you’re not already living there, of course). If you don’t accompany your estate agent on viewings, then instruct them on how to talk up your property. If they’re good, they should already know.