You are probably all aware that Spring is one of the best times of the year to sell a home. Given the few years that we have had, a lot of people are considering moving into a different property more suited to being able to work from home more, or with more space. The blue skies and the green grass will soon start to make your property look its best and help to attract potential buyers, but the market is so buoyant at the moment, so now really is the best time to sell! You don’t need to wait until Spring.
Buyers are facing hot competition, with a huge number of people chasing after available properties. That being said, buyers are also becoming savvier and know what they want and so you want to maximise the number of property viewings from the moment your home goes on the market.
So, what are the best ways to maximise the viewings and the sale price of your property?
Here are our top tips:
Make your home attractive by freshening up rooms with a neutral lick of paint and clearing away any clutter – try to make rooms appear as light and airy as possible.
A mirror in a hallway, for example, can create the illusion of space; while taking items off your kitchen worktop will make it seem bigger.
Most people know about Marie Kondo from her bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The KonMari Method is Marie Kondo’s minimalist-inspired approach to tackling your stuff category-by-category rather than room-by-room. There are six basic rules to get started:
- Commit yourself to tidying up.
- Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
- Finish discarding first. Before getting rid of items, sincerely thank each item for serving its purpose.
- Tidy by category, not location.
- Follow the right order.
- Ask yourself if it sparks joy.
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- HAVE A SPRING CLEAN
As well as decluttering, it’s important that your house looks and smells as fresh as possible because scent is among one of the first things that buyers notice when entering your home.
If there are general wear and tear marks on your carpet, for example, then consider hiring a professional carpet cleaner to get them out.
- SORT THE GARDEN
You need to get buyers through the front door and first impressions can be lasting. The outside of your home must look its finest. Try to keep the garden well-kept and tidy as it will instantly lift the appearance on your home and add kerb appeal. Don’t forget to jet-wash any decks and patio areas too.
- CHOOSE THE RIGHT ESTATE AGENT
There are plenty of brilliant estate agents in Huddersfield, Brighouse and surrounding areas. Choosing one that has proven results within your area, is vital.
Look at other properties they’ve recently sold – especially ones similar to yours – read their reviews and have a look into their marketing techniques.
This website, Get Agent, is useful to help you get the above information.
- DEFINE A REASONABLE ASKING PRICE
Try to get a minimum of three valuations and look at what other properties on your street have sold for recently. If you go in too high, your property won’t get many viewings and it will stick around on the market for a while – making it appear unattractive. You also need to consider the recent down valuation issue, which you can read more about here.
- BE FLEXIBLE FOR VIEWINGS
Try to be flexible when it comes to allowing potential buyers to view your home – evenings and weekends included. You may even want to consider having open house viewings, which you can discuss with your chosen agent.
If you’re going to be moving soon, then get in touch for a free mortgage consultation with KB Mortgage Services:
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