How to Sell Your Home This Summer
First impressions count
Kerb appeal can make all the difference when selling your home and summer is a great time to maximise this. Ensure the garden is presentable, the borders have been weeded and the grass trimmed (nothing beats the smell of freshly cut grass). A fresh coat of paint on exterior woodwork can make it look as good as new. If you can, plant some bright colourful plants which will appeal to buyers or perhaps hang a flower basket or two by the front door.
Don’t make it personal
Buyers need to imagine themselves in the new property so removing any excess photographs, knick-knacks and ornaments can help to present a clean slate. A recent study has shown that personal effects and clutter were most distracting for female viewers, who spent 28 per cent of their viewing time focusing on them, compared to 20 per cent for male buyers. Ensure any personal items are tidied away – this allows the viewer to focus on the merits of the room itself rather then being distracted by clutter.
Do the viewings yourself
Homeowners are often much better than estate agents at showing potential buyers round their property. They will be able to answer any question that come up about the area or the property and also they will be able to share genuine enthusiasm about the house and any work that has been done on it. You can also save thousands in fees by doing the viewings yourself.
A room with a view
An inviting garden or terrace can feel like an extra room and can add value to your home. In the summer months you will find that buyers spend as much time examining the garden as they do the kitchen so make sure it looks its best. Cut back any trees and shrubs that need trimmed and mow the lawn. If possible end your viewings in the garden where you can have an alfreso drink and a chat about the property.
A few finishing touches can help to seal the deal when it comes to selling your home. Tidy up and plump those cushions, brew that coffee, bake some bread, cut the lawn, open the windows to ensure the property smells clean and fresh. A vase of fresh flowers can add a dash of summer colour and bring the outdoors in. These little touches can help to show your house at its best and maximise its potential value.