In our last blog we told you what paperwork you’ll need to sell your property. This week we share some tips on how you can use this lockdown period to get your home in tip-top shape ready for taking to market…
Our valuations manager Jon Bryan says: “Always remember that people ‘buy with their eyes’ so presentation is king, especially on the internet. You only have a few seconds to secure a potential buyer’s interest before they ‘swipe left’ and move on to the next property.
“The internet portals that we use, Rightmove, Zoopla, etc, are simply like a dating website for properties and buyers. There are lots of simple things you can do to ensure that your property profile is as attractive as you can make it. That way more potential purchasers will show their interest and call us to make a viewing appointment.”
So here’s what you can do to make sure your property presents well in pictures and to ensure maximum interest.
- Declutter and tidy up – no one wants to see rooms with too much furniture, boxes, children’s toys, pet bowls, cat litter trays, washing on radiators, pots on the draining board, unmade beds, clothes everywhere or toilet seats up.
- Tidy the garden – cut the lawn, wash the deck/patio and remove untidy garden furniture or toys.
- DIY and painting – a fresh coat of emulsion to remove any marks or stains goes a long way to present the property at its best; especially look at neutralising bright colours or individual decorative taste, as it will appeal to more buyers and show that you are taking care of the property.
- “Roundtuit” jobs – Finish off all those jobs that you were going to do. Weed the driveway. Fix the skirting board. Put the light up. And so on. If people perceive too much work is required, they will quickly swipe left. Make them see that you are looking after your home so they won’t have to.
- Clean up – vacuum everywhere, wash the windows, clean the kitchen and bathroom. Make the effort, it will be worth it.
Social distancing may mean you’re taking your own photos for marketing purposes. Think about all the things you like most about your home and show them off in the best possible way. Again here are a few simple tips from Jon to get the best results:
- Make sure that you take the best angles showing the room off to its maximum potential.
- Put all the lights on in the room; turn TVs and screens off.
- Get pets and people out of the room.
- Outside, move cars off driveways and ensure wheelie bins are well out of sight.
- Take pictures at a slight angle to show the depth of the property, not straight on.
- Make sure that photos are taken in landscape layout, not portrait.