8 ways to maximise the sale price of your house in Shirley & Hall Green
1 - Declutter – but don’t depersonalise. Get rid of all the excess stuff that has accumulated in all spaces and corners, think about placing it in storage or giving it to a friend. Potential buyers need to be able to envisage what the property would look like if they were living there. People often find this difficult, so make it easy for them to see all the fantastic living space you are offering.
Don’t make it look like a generic hotel; leave some personality. Apart from anything else it gives unimaginative buyers suggestions as to what they might do. Bare in mind people are often buying into a lifestyle as much as a property.
2 - A fresh lick of paint. Giving your walls a fresh lick of neutral paint will make your home seem lager and lighter. It will enable viewers to easily imagine how they would adapt the rooms to their own needs.
This enables buyers to move in and use the rooms immediately than if the walls were still bright purple or lime green.
Create a good first impression – give the front door a new coat of paint.
3 - Fix and clean. Make any minor repairs necessary – holes in walls, broken door knobs, cracked tiles, torn or threadbare carpets. Many buyers want to move in without making changes, so allow for this and clean everything until it sparkles. Get rid of lime-scale and repair tile grout, wax wooden floors, hang up fresh towels. This will make the home more appealing and allow viewers to imagine living there.
Tidy up the garden: cut bushes back, clean the patio and furniture and cut the grass. It helps viewers visualise themselves using the garden. Do not underestimate the impact of this.
4 - Update the kitchen. The kitchen is the most valuable room in a house. It is worth the most per square foot and can make the difference when buyers are unsure.
Re-facing your kitchen doors is much cheaper than installing new kitchen and is often as effective. Upgrading kitchen counter tops is expensive, but can add serious value. Declutter the surfaces and leave a bowl of fruit out. Take out any bulky unsightly appliances
5 - Light and airy. Wall mirrors make a room look much lager and lighter. Consider putting some up, especially in smaller rooms or hallways. Clean windows inside and out, and replace any broken light bulbs. Making the place feel light and airy makes rooms feel bigger and the property more attractive. Ensure that you have lamps on in any dark corners putting a soft lamp in the bathroom can create a warm glow
If it’s a cold evening, or even chilly day, light your fire. This will make your home feel warm and inviting. If you don’t have a fire then ensure the fireplace is clean
6 - Make it look pretty. Make sure the windows are properly dressed with blinds or curtains as naked windows make a place feel impersonal and run down, buy some inexpensive ones. Plants and flowers bring colour, life and light to a room and they also smell wonderful. So, does that fruit bowl on your kitchen counter.
7 - Get the right smells. Bad smells are the single biggest turn off for prospective buyers. Don’t just cover them up, fix the source of the smell. Clear drains, wash bins, open windows, air the kitchen from old cooking smells, get rid of furniture that is embedded with cigarette smoke, and wash any grimy bed sheets. Conversely, good smells can make a property feel like an alluring home. While it might be impractical to bake fresh bread you could perhaps brew some fresh coffee.
8 - Showing the property and Agent Choice. Hopefully you will choose a good estate agent, so let them show the property. It’s their job to know what things to say, what to highlight and what to downplay They are also effective at answering those tricky questions and it avoids the viewer feeling awkward and the vendor distracting them from relaxing and getting a feel for the property.
A local, experienced and motivated Estate Agent can maximise your sale price by
1) Using their knowledge to advise the best marketing price
2) Knowing how to conduct a viewing and how the property and items such as schools, facilities and transport links will suit the potential buyer
3) Negotiate best price using skill and knowledge of local sales
4) Timing the viewings in 30 minute slots creates competition between buyers
In the last 20 years Shakespeares we have sold 1000’s of properties in Shirley and Hall Green. Not only do we offer a free valuation, we can offer presentation advice and give you feedback on every viewing.
Shakespeares are experts in this and enjoy working with you to achieve the best price.
Call us for your free marketing appraisal.