Presentation is key, especially when it comes to selling your house, and as soon as the for-sale sign goes up that’s when the all-important viewings begin. You’ll have photographers coming in, snapping your living room, people wandering around your bedroom and families imagining themselves living their day-to-day lives in this space. This is why it is vital that you get your house in tip-top condition, ready to give the viewers the wow-factor, making sure they can’t resist making an offer. But how exactly can you make your space shine with pride?
Corrie and Co know a thing or two about presenting a dream home, so follow our key steps and we are sure you’ll be way on your way to selling your property.
First Impressions Count
The term ‘kerb appeal’ does really matter when it comes to getting your house ready for viewing, as it’s not just the interiors that need sprucing up. Potential buyers will start judging as soon as they see the exterior of the property, so it is incredibly important the house draws them in straight away. If the outside of your house is cluttered, with overgrown greenery and generally appears a little unloved, the potential buyer might make a judgement on how the interior will look.
Some things you can do to get the outside looking spick and span are:
Tidy Up! – The season you are trying to sell in can make a significant difference, so if there are any leaves lying around, sweep them up. Mow your garden, get rid of any unwanted weeds in paths and drives, remove any debris and make sure you wash down those recycling bins and organise them tidily. If you treat your outside space to some TLC, you are likely to see offers on your home roll in!
Improve It – Now that you’ve had a tidy up, take a look closer at what could need a bit of care and attention. Is your garden lacking some colour, or plants? Maybe hang some bright flower baskets, paint the fence, pot some new plants or even sand the bench down. Even adding a few solar lights can add extra interest. These things won’t set you back much money but will greatly help the aesthetics of your home.
Take a peep at this house for sale in Cumbria, Barrow in Furness. They’ve given their lawn some care and attention, and look how great it looks.
Sell the Lifestyle
You’ve jumped over the first hurdle and got the outside of your property looking impressive, so now it’s time to work on the inside. When it comes to the interiors, you are essentially selling the lifestyle you live to your potential buyers, so they want to see how the house functions properly so they can envisage themselves in it. It’s important any potential buyers see the property as a home, not just a house.
But don’t forget, you need to try and sell the dream to every demographic. Could a family live here with young children? What about a couple who are just starting their lives together, or a retired couple?
When preparing your house, each room needs to be sparkling clean, and set out for the rooms’ oringinal purpose. This means making sure the bedrooms have the essential wardrobe and bed, with new bedsheets, the dining room has table and chairs for meal time, and your living room is cosy and uncluttered. If you are struggling with where to begin, here are a few tips:
Fix Up – Take a walk around your house and see what could need fixing, whether this is a dripping tap, slightly peeled wallpaper or a light bulb that doesn’t work. These may seem like smalls things to you, but a potential buyer will pick up on them. It shouldn’t take you too long and will help you sell. Don’t forget about built in appliances such as the oven, or washing machine – make sure these are working too!
De-Clutter – This isn’t something you will just do on the day. Get used to tidying up clutter, even before that sign appears in the garden. By de-cluttering, you can make a room look much more spacious. Room size is a key factor for many buyers, so get rid of any unwanted clutter hanging around. Plus, you’ll be moving soon, so what better time to get rid of old junk?
Set the Scene– Home staging is a popular concept, and even more so these days. It’s not enough anymore to just have a small tidy up and do a bit of hoovering – now, people want immaculate and beautiful presentation, therefore you need to sell the dream.
There is no need for this to cost you a fortune, even though many people think it does. Try flicking through some lifestyle and home magazines for some inspiration, try detaching yourself from it being your home and see it from the point of view of a visitor. This can be the most difficult part of selling your home as you still need to make it look cosy and lived in, so try and find the perfect balance.
Take a look at these houses for sale in Cumbria, they have certainly taken their time to set the scene and made their living space look homely, yet beautifully presented.
Top Tips for Viewing Days
- Make sure the fruit bowl is full and tea towels are displayed
- The washing machine/dryer is empty and no washing is on the line
- Store bathroom products in cabinets and lay out towels
- Buy new bedding for beds and make sure the beds are made neatly
- Add fresh flowers, candles and plump up cushions
- Lay the dining table with your best dining set, and add a runner
- Put away any letters or paperwork, but leave some books and magazine in sight
- Remove any pet toys if you have a pet, and leave it with a friend for the viewing
Brew some fresh coffee before the viewing, this aroma will be pleasant for those viewing your home
If you are thinking of making the big move, here at Corrie & Co, we would be more than happy to help you make the jump. We offer free property valuations with a no sale, no fee promise, so you’re not losing out! You can get in touch with our friendly team, who can advise you on your property for free and promise you only the best and most professional guidance.
Alternatively, if you are looking for houses for sale in Cumbria or the surrounding area, our expert team can help! We have a wonderful range of properties, selling know-how and are excited to get your property sold, or find you the home of your dreams.