Published: 30/04/2020In part one I covered packing up all of your none essential belongings, giving your home a deep clean and the psychology of home hunters.
In this article, I want to delve deeper into exactly what people are looking for when they view a house from my years of experience of asking feedback from viewers.
First impressions are everything!
One of the most awkward conversations I have with clients is about smells in their homes. I have learnt the hard way on this! One lady burst into tears when I said her house had an overwhelming smell of cat wee.
In ended she thanking me for it being honest once I had sold her house. That was a new carpet job - it’s that important!
I can’t stress how important it is to ask a friend who has visited your house regularly to be honest with you about smells, we all can become 'nose blind' to smells in our own homes and viewers can be put off immediately. If it smells, do what you can to get rid of it.
This may even mean new carpets all together but often a professional clean of your carpets will do the trick. Although you will struggle to buy a carpet and get a fitter right now some professional carpet cleaners are still at work. We recommend Burton & Daughters - who have a Facebook page, check it out.
Generally as far as smells go the classic freshly made coffee and baked bread go down really well in kitchens. Scented candles or air fresheners are also a good idea.
Make sure the front of your house looks as attractive as possible - kerb appeal is hugely important and the front photo is likely to be the first one people look at. It can be the difference between a home hunter clicking on it for a further look of passing your property by. Does the front door need replacing or painting? Is the garden tidy? If you have render, does it need painting? Are all fences nicely painted? Lawns mowed and weeds cleared?
Internally I often get asked how far do we go? How much money should we spend? It’s difficult to say without seeing the house but it’s very rare I tell people to go as far as replacing a bathroom or kitchen. The reason being is you’ll only generally add onto the value what you spend...so it could be a waste of time. It’s very rare in this area that you’ll add a load of value on top of what you’ve spent.
Generally, I’ll tell people to re-decorate if not neutral. If carpets are dirty I’ll advise a clean.
The finishing touches.
Without being sexist fellas, this is where women excel! If you check out the property we have sold on Queen Street you’ll see a great example of how home accessories can be used to make a home look stunning. I love it when a home is dressed in this way, it makes the photos look amazing.
Part of my market appraisal always involves giving some advice on how to prepare your home for sale. Remember we currently have the option to do a zoom video conferencing, facetime or WhatsApp video valuations where I can give you some advice. You can book at a time to suit you through our book a valuation page.
I hope these articles have helped during these difficult times!
See you on the other side!