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Five Ways To Win Over Potential House Buyers

Five Ways To Win Over Potential House Buyers
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So you’ve found the home of your dreams, all that’s standing in the way of you living there is the fact that you haven’t yet sold your own house. It’s time to bite the bullet and make sure that potential buyers see the best in your property. Getting your house ready to go on the market can seem like a pretty daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. A few tweaks here and there are all it takes to wow potential buyers and pique their interest. Staging your home for viewers can help your property sell faster, as well as ensuring you get the best price possible for it.

Kerb appeal

First impressions count. The presentation of your home has to be immaculate from the outside. After all, that’s what potential buyers are going to see first. Trim trees and bushes, tidy up the garden, give your fence a lick of paint and make sure your house number can be easily seen. If you don’t have much in the way of a garden, make the most of what you do have with some potted plants and greenery. Make sure the entrance is well lit for evening viewings, buyers will feel safe coming home at night. Make sure the approach to your property is clean and tidy and, if need be, offer to blitz your neighbour’s garden while you’re at it.

De-clutter

Yes, all those photos, ornaments and trinkets may hold precious memories for you and your family but potential buyers need to be able to visualise themselves living in your home. That means, all your knick-knacks should be hidden away to let viewers see a blank canvas. If your home is particularly cluttered with toys, DVDs and suchlike, it’s worth tucking those away too. Clutter can convey a sense of disorder and make the place seem smaller than it actually is.

Lighten up

Five Ways To Win Over Potential House BuyersMake the most of all natural light that comes into your home by opening blinds or shutters and moving furniture away from windows. Strategically placed mirrors can also help. If you’re still lacking in the light department, replace dim bulbs for brighter ones and ensure all of your overhead lights and lamps are switched on for viewings. Not only will this make your home appear bigger and brighter, it also allows viewers to see exactly what your home has to offer.

Spring clean

If you want viewers to fall in love with your home you need to clean, clean and clean some more. Bleach tile grout, dust the light fittings and skirting boards, wash out cupboards, shine the windows, polish the taps and vacuum like there’s no tomorrow. Nobody wants to buy a home that looks even slightly grotty. After all, if dirt is visible on a 10 minute viewing, there’s no way of knowing what might be lurking elsewhere, if they were to dig a bit deeper.

Get out

Finally, if possible it’s best not to be at home when viewers are being shown round. Trust your estate agent to know which elements to point out and what to downplay. They will also be expert at answering any awkward questions about the area or noisy neighbours. It’s also likely that viewers will find your presence off putting, feeling uncomfortable rooting around your home while you’re hovering around. Allow potential buyers the chance to nosy around and voice honest opinions, you’ll probably find they’re more relaxed in your home – and therefore more likely to want to buy it.

 

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Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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