As the property market begins its recovery, there is no better time than now to ensure that your property gives off the right first impression to potential buyers. Rightmove reports there are six important changes to consider when selling or renting out your home, to make sure you get the best price for your property.
Rightmove 6 changes to consider
Curb Appeal: The exterior of your home is the first thing a potential buyer will see and if the outside of your property and surrounding land isn’t up to scratch you will never get the buyer inside. Rightmove advise to clear the pathways, paint faded windows, trim any bushes and make sure the house number is visible.
Front Door: The front door is the first thing people will see when coming to view the property, they say it must be eye-catching but not too loud.
Garden: They can often be a deal-breaker therefore a tidy and well kept garden is a must. Ensure that the grass is cut and that pathways and flower beds are weeded. By doing so this tells the potential buyer that the property has been well looked after.
Kitchen: The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house as many hours are spent cooking, eating and socialising in it. An appealing kitchen is free from dirty dishes and clutter and must have clean floors, work tops, sinks and a clean empty bin for every viewing. Rightmove advise you to make small but simple improvements to the kitchen such as updating kitchen cupboard handles and painting any tired looking areas.
Redecorating: Garish wallpaper or brightly painted walls are not to everyone’s tastes and this could potentially cost you a sale. By painting the walls a neutral colour you maximise your chances of a buyer being interested and possibly save them the job of painting over the orange walls!
Tidy-Up: Rightmove state that an untidy house will put potential buyers off making an offer. By removing any unwanted items and ornaments which clutter up the house, the potential buyer will have less things to distract them allowing them to concentrate on the details of the house.
Cleaning your home from top to bottom is also essential. For example; windows should be washed inside and out, pathways should be cleared and cleaned, any dust or cobwebs removed, vacuum daily, bleach any dingy grout, put out fresh towels, and finally clean and air out any musty smelling rooms or areas.
The full article can be found at: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/news/articles/first-impressions-count-especially-in-your-home