First impressions count when you’re selling or renting out your property. Buyers and tenants know what they want, and only have a small window for finding it during their viewings. They’ll make snap judgements on what they see immediately, with the more in-depth examinations coming later.
Any signs of ageing, or a poorly-decorated room, can colour a potential buyer’s opinion. You may find that they walk away from the deal, even if the property seems to tick most of their boxes.
To avoid that, here are five small improvements that will help you sell or rent your property.
Tip #1 – Use Mirrors
Natural light is crucial for showcasing many rooms. Unfortunately, not every room is built equally. Some just aren’t capable of allowing natural light to spread when it enters through the windows.
You can remedy this by installing a few tactically-placed mirrors. Place one in a direct line from the window and the natural light that comes in will bounce off the mirror and fill the room. This lends the room a brighter and airier appearance.
Tip #2 – Keep the Gardens in Check
Many buyers put the garden near the top of their priority list. As a result, you must maintain your gardens so they give off the same great impression as your house.
Front gardens are especially important, as they form part of the first impression the buyer gets as they walk up to your doorstep. The rear garden usually offers more space, so tend to it. Show your buyer the potential the garden has, even if you’re not a gardener yourself.
Tip #3 – Keep it Neutral
Remember that you’re not selling your home to the buyer or tenant. You’re selling the property.
This is an important distinction to make. You imbibe your home with your personality, whereas buyers want to be able to envision themselves living in the property.
Get rid of any busy wallpaper or anything else that you may consider a strange design choice. It may mean a lot to you, but your potential buyer may balk at the sight of it. Use neutral colours throughout so buyers can paint their own pictures in their heads.
Tip #4 – Clean the Front Door
It’s amazing just how much of an opinion a buyer can formulate as they walk up to your door. Even the door itself can affect their feelings about the property.
Give the front door a god clean, using a power hose and steamer if necessary. Your aim is to make it look as fresh as possible, so you may also need a new coat of paint. Grime and dirt suggest a lack of care, which makes buyers wary.
Tip #5 – Clear up the Clutter
Every home accumulates clutter. You may have dirty laundry, toys, and other bric-a-brac lying around. All of it distracts away from the property itself.
Clean the property before you have a potential buyer or tenant come over. Pack away or throw out the clutter so your visitor sees the rooms as they should be, rather than how they look when they’re lived in.
Do you need help selling or renting out a property in London, Essex, or the surrounding areas? Give Hills Estate a call today.