The Inside Edge
It’s become an old cliché now with regards to baking bread and making a pot of fresh coffee before a potential buyer comes to see your home and according to the property experts, it’s one that is best ignored. Overall, there are far more serious matters to deal with before you invite anyone in.
Let’s deal with the question of odours first: It is advised that you try to achieve a neutral smell in the home and this would involve airing the property completely to rid it of any musty odours that may be lingering. If you’re selling in the summer then feel free to open some windows but don’t overdo it as it will look as if you’re trying to mask something.
Property expert Phil Spencer also advises a fresh coat of neutral paint to help neutralise any musty odours,
“A fresh coat of neutral paint, new tiling or lino, and a couple of new kitchen doors can do wonders to smarten up a tired-looking property,” he advises.
Phil Spencer also goes on to underline the importance of first impressions and as such, he suggests painting the front door too before any potential purchasers arrive. However, you may even like to take this a step further by replacing any tired old door furniture including the letterbox and fingerplates.
The entrance hall is important too and it simply vital to create a good initial impression when would-be buyers enter your property.
Most property experts will also tell you to address the issue of clutter. Not only is selling your home an ideal chance to make a fresh start, it is essential that you clear cluttered rooms before any prospective buyers enter.
“My golden rule is that if you haven’t used it for one year then either store it elsewhere or bin it completely,” said Graham Lock, director of House Network.
Arranging for a small skip is a good idea but if you really can’t bear to part with anything, then consider booking a storage unit so that surplus items are kept away from your property during the selling period.
Another good tip is to make sure that the rooms highlight their intended purpose when you start to sell. You may have turned your dining room or spare bedroom into an office or play room but you should redesign all areas to highlight their intended purpose.
So put away the coffee pot and the bread maker because potential buyers can see through the disguise. Strive instead to apply these techniques and they will have a far more positive effect on anyone looking to buy your home.