Now that Spring is here, a lot of people will be renewing their efforts to sell their home before the summer months – this means it’s essential that homes look their very best. What should you be doing to make sure you are giving yourself the best possible chance of a sale? Getting your house picture-perfect, of course.
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Remove Unnecessary Items
Who wants to stare at heaps of old magazines, unattended post or the ironing pile? Or surfaces overflowing with knickknacks? Whether you want your home to look perfect for photos or for a viewing, it’s crucial that you clear your kitchen and bathroom surfaces, file paperwork and tidy that spare room, for example, so your home doesn’t look disorganised. Make sure beds are impeccably made too, and that books or toys are in their proper place.
Store excess or outdated objects, such as heavy furniture, which can make the house look smaller as well. You may be tempted to hide them away in the garage or loft – however, viewers interested in your house will want to see all rooms, so the last thing you want is for them to find heaps of stuff tucked away in one room.
Don’t Depersonalise Your Home
Removing clutter and paring back your belongings, even if temporarily, doesn’t mean you can get away with a super minimalist style either. After all, removing all personality from your house isn’t a good idea; people need to envision what your house will look like if they were to live there. This can be difficult if your house looks staged with generic and impersonal hotel-like objects.
It can be easy to slip either way. So, make sure you stay away from hoarder-style and don’t stray into spartan territory. It all boils down to making your house look like a well-loved and lived-in home.
Style and Accessorise
Again, it may feel counter-intuitive to leave some items on display instead of placing them in storage after you declutter your home; but a great stylish look goes a long way to making a good first impression. Dress the table for dinner (or, at least, place a centrepiece on it to add some texture to the décor), ensure the symmetry of every room as much as possible (since people tend to like symmetrical things) and turn on lamps if it’s later in the day. You can finish up with fresh bouquets of colourful flowers for pops of colour that look amazing in pictures and smell wonderful to everyone who visits.
Maximise Space and Light
Most people want a home with plenty of natural light, so you’ll want to show prospective buyers what your house has to offer. Not sure how to do that? Pull your curtains open (or take them down if they’re heavy or dark), add extra lighting to dimmer places in your home, repaint rooms with light colours, and prune any trees or shrubs that may be casting shadows inside your home.
No matter how large or small your home is; the airier and brighter it is, the bigger it looks. Make the most of your space by ensuring all windows are sparkling clean to let in as much light as possible, replace any broken light bulbs and consider adding a wall mirror to make rooms look larger.
There are plenty of tricks that can help you to maximise your available space, so take full advantage of them to make great pictures – and show viewers how spacious your house is.
Fix Up the Place
Why not update the interior design of a space or room if it’s really outdated? For example, the kitchen is the heart of the house, and a refurbished kitchen probably looks a lot better without clunky cabinets or 70s furniture. However, remodelling may not be a feasible option; if this is the case, don’t worry! You can still dress your house to impress without spending a lot of money.
Fixing up the home could be as simple as replacing worn cushion covers, repairing cracks in the walls, taking care of any leaking taps, putting up new (and more modern) wallpaper, getting a new shower curtain, weeding your garden and planting new flowers, and fixing door hinges.
Remove Any Strong Smells
This one may not impact photos, but it’s still important. After all, because you live in your house, you get used to scents that first-time visitors may not be so keen on. If you own a pet, you know what we mean… while you may be immune, others will instantly notice the smell of wet dog; therefore, air your home to get the scent out of carpets, curtains and upholstery. This is a key part of preparing your home for sale, so do it ahead of time.
Clean, Clean, Clean
Having a clean and tidy house is crucial, not just for pictures but for visitors as well, so pay attention to all details. Dust your skirting boards and your light fixtures, vacuum everything, ensure your fridge is clean and devoid of bad smells, clean between your tiles, spruce up your garden and scrub the oven and the microwave; in essence, properly spring clean your home.
A lot of people viewing a home, especially second-time viewers, will also open drawers and cabinets to check out storage space, so make sure they’re organised and clean. The same for under-the-stairs spaces and any nooks and crannies you may have in the house.
Smart Storage can help you to get your home ready for sale. We have plenty of storage units in the North West just waiting for you, as well as boxes and packaging to make your life easier. Let us know what we can do for you and our friendly staff will be more than happy to lend a helping hand.