As house prices rise again this year, we're encouraging YOU to think about how you can make your property more attractive to buyers. The tricks of brewing coffee, setting out fresh flowers and baking bread before a viewing are well known, but our director, Andrew Thomas, is urging sellers to think outside of the box when it comes to home staging.
Andrew Thomas said, “Get rid of the clutter. It’s the oldest trick in the book, but it still holds true today, yet many people don’t pay any attention to it. Be ruthless. Buyers need to see clear-cut, well-presented spaces and each room must have a purpose. Hide, store or otherwise destroy all of the redundant oddities that you’ve grown attached to. It’s also important to pitch your home to your audience - talk to your agent about the different people who intend to view your home. Get the best possible understanding of them, and alter the interior to suit. For example, if you know a family is coming to view your house make it as child-friendly as possible. For a young couple, minimal and modern decoration is the best choice.”
Thomas continues, “While you don’t need to do a major, expensive renovation project before you sell, you can make minor repairs and improvements that will make your home look fresher to buyers. Try things such as replacing the caulk and grout in your bathroom, replace light blubs that no longer work and clean your windows and frames for a clean and neat appearance. Don’t forget to open the curtains too – The amount of natural light that flows into a home is important for buyers!”
“As well as considering a neutral look for the interior of your home, think about the exterior of your property. Check and repair any garden gates or fences, clear paths of weeds and make the entrance to your home inviting with some freshly planted pot plants. Giving your home kerb appeal is the first step to engaging with a buyer.”
Thomas concludes, “A good estate agent will play a very important part in managing the sales process. We pride ourselves on our ability to give the best advice to our sellers when it comes to showing off their homes in the best possible light.”
We anticipate that sellers will be able to achieve a higher asking price if they take the correct steps to presenting their home this spring. Our Midlands based agency’s expert team are aiming high in order to achieve results for our clients and make a difference in the property market. We are hoping that 2017 will prove to be a profitable year for sellers, landlords and our business.