Tips for home sellers

It’s a buyers market at the moment, so if you’re looking to sell your home for a decent price, you’ll need to put in the effort to make your home stand out from the crowd. How do you do this? Here are a few tips:

First impressions mean everything, and this starts from the moment a potential buyer turns into your street. Take a good look at your home from across the street. What do you notice? If the paint is peeling, the garden is unkempt and the lawn needs moving, a buyer sees a low-value home. Cleaning up the exterior of your home and a little extra time spent landscaping can give a desirable first impression.

Wander around your home as though you were looking to buy it. What would stand out to you as the positives and negatives about your property? Once you identify these areas, you can emphasize the positives and disguise the negatives.

Clean the interior and leave benches and tables free of clutter. Your buyer needs to be able to envisage their furniture in the space.

If something obviously needs repairing, then repair it. Buyers always inflate the cost of repairs in their head, and will want more off the price of the house than you will pay to have the repairs done.

When buyers come around, neither you nor your pets should be present. If you hover, buyers feel awkward, as they’re in your home, so they won’t stay as long. If your pets ran around, you risk turning off buyers who are afraid or allergic to your pets.

If possible, leave the garage empty. This creates an illusion of additional space.

Don’t apologize. Never say “I’m sorry, this space is quite small” or “I’m sorry, we couldn’t fit a double wardrobe in here.” Be positive about your home – it will be perfect for somebody at the right price.