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How to make your home as saleable as possible

Putting your house up for sale can be a big challenge, particularly if you’ve never done it before. While you may put many things in the hands of your estate agent, however, there’s still a lot you can do yourself to give the old homestead that certain wow factor.

Small changes here and there can make a big difference and create an atmosphere which immediately appeals to potential buyers. Get it right and you should expect to see those offers rolling in.

First Impressions

As a species we’re pretty good at rushing to quick judgement. You might have heard that interviewers usually make up their mind about a candidate in the first 20 or so seconds of meeting. Something similar happens with potential buyers as they enter your property.

The initial impression when they walk into your hallway is therefore important and can determine how they feel and react as you show them round the rest of the house. This not only includes the outside and how welcoming and attractive your front looks but also the hallway and stairways. If you’re going to spend money on making your home more saleable, then this is the place where you should focus.

It’s worth investing here and creating a space that is attractive and welcoming. It’s also worth paying special attention to the staircase – this can form a real focal point and is not that difficult to update and improve.

Fresh Paint and Repairs

Walls can look dull and lifeless and little faults and damage can stand out a mile when you walk into a home, especially if you’re looking for them. Put in the effort to give you home a fresh coat of paint and repair those chipped tiles, holes in the skirting board and any damage to the flooring. If you have furniture that has seen better days, it might be a good idea to replace now rather than wait until you move to your new home.

Decluttering and Personality

Most estate agents will tell you that you want to give every opportunity for the viewer to see themselves in your home. That means, to a certain extent, decluttering so that your personality doesn’t overwhelm them too much. It is a careful balancing act, however. Go too far and you could make your property look cold, bland or uninviting.

Updating the Kitchen

One area that always seems to be important when selling your home is the kitchen. For many, it forms the focal point of the family and is a place where people often congregate. It can, of course, be expensive to update your kitchen and you have to weigh the pros of doing it and the cost with respect to any return on investment. It is pretty simple, and relatively cheap, nowadays to replace work tops that have seen better days, as well as cupboard doors and taps. These small alterations can bring a jaded kitchen back to life and really make an impact.

Styling your home

Making sure your home is styled to be attractive to buyers is probably one of the simplest and cheapest ways to update your home before potential buyers come around. If you have lived in your home a long time you may not be able to see how a different approach to styling your space could make a real difference which is why it is important to trust your estate agent’s judgement.

Other important factors

We have covered a lot of updated to the actual property in this blog, but actually making your home saleable also covers things like having great (and hopefully styled) photographs of you home, and picking the right price to market your home at. It also means getting your home listed on the biggest property portals out there and choosing a great agent who gives sensible advice and works hard on your behalf like the amazing team at Distrikt Online.

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