It’s well known that first impressions count, so keeping this in mind when selling a property is crucial.  When you have people viewing your home for the first time, they will be looking to get a feel for the place. So, you want to make sure you do what you can to leave anyone looking to buy your home with a good first impression.

There are some simple things you can do to prepare your home for sale.

If you have an older kitchen that looks tired, a spruce up of new cabinet doors will go a long way to leaving your potential buyers with that good first impression. If you are unable to change the doors, simply adding new handles can also enhance the look. You could also look at replacing the worktops to make them standout more. If the flooring looks untidy, you really should consider replacing it – it’s usually quite inexpensive to replace due to the relatively small surface area. You don’t want to spend huge amounts, especially if you are selling, however, as a kitchen is a big selling point, it’s worth spending a little to make it as appealing as you can.

Bathrooms are also a great selling point, so make sure you check that the grouting is clean and free of mould. Pick out any discoloured grout and replace it with new. It’s a very inexpensive but effective way to make it look good. Give the bathroom a good clean and make sure you polish any chrome as well, use lime scale remover if needed. Add some accessories and new towels to finish off the look – keep it simple and try not to clutter up the room.

Speaking of clutter! You’ll want to declutter every room. Buyers will want to view the space and see themselves easily living there. You don’t want to distract them with too much by having lots of your own stuff laying around, although don’t go to the extreme, you want that cosy home feel not a clinical one!

Now to the outside, flowerbeds can be given a new lease of life with a helping of tree bark. Freshly mow the grass and make sure the edges are neat too. Check over paths and driveways and clear any weeds that you can see. You may also want to jet-wash any patio areas, so they look clean and well maintained. Check your fences are in good order and replace any broken panels – if you can give the panels a quick paint. If you have a summer sale, keep your garden furniture out rather than packing it away. The same goes for any children’s play equipment, especially if it’s a family home you’re selling.

You want a neat, but lived-in look, which appeals to the heart and not just the head!

If you are looking to sell and need advice, our team will be happy to chat.

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