While the market varies over the course of the year, the bottom line is that whenever you put your house on the market it will be in direct competition with other...
While the market varies over the course of the year, the bottom line is that whenever you put your house on the market it will be in direct competition with other similar properties. In order to make sure that you get the sale, there are a few tips to bear in mind.
The days of a newspaper listing being sufficient are long gone. Now it’s essential to get your home online and the better the quality of your photographs, the more likely you are to actually get potential buyers through the door.
Make sure your house is super clean. You want to make sure there is absolutely no dirt, grime or dust anywhere. Investing in a professional cleaning service will be well worth the financial outlay as you can then rest assured that your house will be pristine. A deep clean will also get rid of any possible smells in the house which you may no longer notice, for example from pets.
While your home is obviously going to show off your individual taste, try to tone it down as much as possible when trying to sell. Remember people need to see themselves living in your home and if they really hate your lime green walls, they may not be able to see your otherwise fabulous room for what it’s really worth.
While you’re at it, try to hide family photographs and other personal clutter. If there’s too much of you in the house, potential buyers might struggle to visualise themselves living there.
While it might be tempting to ignore slightly flaking paintwork and broken door handles, it really is worth your while to fix them. These seemingly small issues can easily put buyers off – after all, if you’re not taking care of those things then who knows what else you’ve neglected?
Regardless of the size of your garden, make sure it looks neat and useable. Perhaps consider adding some outside furniture and décor to enhance the space. You want to create a vision of the kind of lifestyle the buyer could have in your home so make it a great one. If your garden is not well maintained then viewers may well picture themselves spending their weekends mowing the lawn and cleaning the pool rather than enjoying their new space.
Ensure that the front of your house looks just as good as the interior. People form impressions about a house from the moment they arrive, so it will be to your benefit to catch their attention from the very beginning. Use the front of your house and your front garden (if you have one) to set the tone for the rest of the house tour. You want buyers to walk though your front door and be excited to see what’s next.
While you may have been happy using your fourth bedroom as a storeroom, your buyers probably won’t be able to see past your junk and will see it as a three bedroom home with lots of storage space!
Consider getting someone to give you an outside perspective on how you’ve arranged the furniture in the various rooms. Choosing better pieces or even just switching a few things around can completely transform a space and make it seem much bigger.
By following these tips, your home will outshine the rest!
Writing blogs about the property market of South Africa.Content Team - Real Estate Agent