So you want to sell your home as fast as possible and you don’t have a lot of money to spend. Is there anything you can do to give yourself a great chance of selling?
Thankfully there is. Here are 5 smart and inexpensive things you can do to significantly increase your chances of bagging a buyer.
Nothing in the list is rocket science, or particularly smart or clever, so anyone can take advantage.
1. Go all out to improve kerb appeal
They say first impressions are the most important – and that is as true with properties as people.
Make sure your property looks as inviting and attractive as possible from the front.
Are the windows clean? If you don’t want to paint the door and window frames, can you get away with giving them a thorough washdown?
Cut any hedge or front lawn and tidy all borders and flower beds. Remove plants which have finished flowering and pull out weeds wherever they may lurk.
If you have areas covered by pebbles or stone chippings which have seen better days, replace with new pebbles or chippings.
Repair or renew anything which is broken or at the end of its life such as fences and paving stones.
Get out the jetwash to leave all jet-washable surfaces looking clean and fresh.
It is good for the front to have an attractive and colourful or interesting focal point – such as some stunning flowers or a climbing plant, distinctive shrubs or unusual garden furniture or ornaments.
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2. Declutter to maximise space
Decluttering to maximise space is something quick and easy to do. Space is one of the things that sells a property and the more you can show off the true size of your home the better.
That is particularly so for smaller rooms where space is at a premium.
Remove all unnecessary furniture and clutter from every room to increase the actuality or appearance of size.
You may be able to gain space by storing furniture and the like in cupboards or in the loft.
If you do not have enough storage space, speak to family, friends and neighbours to see if they can help out. You can throw away stuff you will not be taking when you move out.
3. Paint and decorate
A quick painting and decorating job, like maximising space, can also have a transformational impact on the look and feel of your home – perhaps turning it from an ugly duckling to a regal swan.
Clearly it will be cheaper if you can do the decorating yourself but, if that is not one of your skills, look to find and engage someone in your circle of family and friends before hiring an expensive professional.
A newly painted home has a fresh smell and look which will instantly attract many buyers.
Remember to decorate in light neutral colours so as not to compromise the light to any room or to startle conservative tastes in colour.
4. Create a welcoming homely atmosphere
By creating a warm welcoming environment you are more likely to make home-hunters want to move in.
You may think decking the main rooms with fresh flowers and having bread baking in the oven whilst freshly brewed coffee wafts through the air is a bit over the top.
If so, at least ensure that your home is thoroughly clean, vacuumed and well-aired – perhaps with discreet air fresheners strategically placed in each room.
5. Make best use of the garden or outside space
Look to give your garden or outside space the “wow factor.” Aim to make your outside space an extension of the inside space, thereby increasing the appearance of size.
If you can inexpensively add or improve an outside building to offer additional living accommodation such as a summer house, log cabin, garden room or office, you should probably do so.
Maximise the size of your outside space by removing stuff you should really throw away.
Tidy or remove unsightly or overgrown trees, shrubs and vegetation and put on the best display of blooms you can muster, depending on the time of year.
Repair and paint fences and make sure any garden furniture you are leaving is in good condition and recently painted.
Make sure all hard surfaces are in good condition. It is a good idea to repair or renew decking and paths.
Generally your outside space should be inviting, pleasing to the eye and immaculately well-kept in appearance.
None of these steps are likely to break the bank. If you take them, you are far more likely to sell your home fast than if you don’t.
Do you have any crafty ways to help sell a home faster? If so, I would really like to know them. Please leave your comments below.
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