The housing market has been in the doldrums for a number of years now, causing many people to remain in a property which has become too small for their needs. As recent months have begun to show signs that the market is recovering, many families are seizing the opportunity to prepare their homes for viewings in the hope of making a quick sale.
All change in the property market
According to a recent article in the Telegraph despite some fluctuations, house prices are rising at a steadier rate than at any time since the beginning of the financial crisis of recent years. Homeowners who have been ‘stuck’ are taking advantage of the trend to spruce up their properties in order to gain an advantage over other sellers.
It seems that everyone is in search of that elusive formula which will make their home stand out from the crowd. Obviously it would be impossible to create a home which is guaranteed to appeal to every purchaser, but there are a number of things that a homeowner can do to improve their chances of making a sale.
Give buyers what they want
The BBC Property Pages suggest that first impressions go a long way in the likelihood of securing a sale, so make sure that prospective buyers like what they see before they even enter your home. A tidy front garden, well-maintained gate and sparkling door furniture can make your home stand out from the others on a street.
Once inside your home a buyer will want to form a positive impression that he or she could comfortably occupy this space. In order to make this easier it is extremely important to remove as much clutter as possible, along with anything which marks the home out too clearly as ‘your’ property. While you may love zingy purple walls and lime green carpets the chances are that the next owner of your property will be looking to stamp their own personality on it. Research shows that the paint colour people most like to see when viewing a property is magnolia – it creates a sense of light and space and shows your rooms off to their best advantage.
Make sure that every room has a well-defined purpose. You may have converted your dining room into a study or spare bedroom, for example, but buyers will want to see each room displayed to its best advantage. Try purchasing a co-ordinated set of dining room furniture to enable viewers to see the bigger picture. Websites such as Forrest Furnishing stock a huge range of styles meaning that you can choose something to suit just about any type of home, and they will usually deliver quickly too, making the whole experience quick and painless.
Equally make sure that spare bedrooms are displayed as bedrooms, not just somewhere to store unwanted belongings or the overspill of a frantic life. Box up clutter and sell it, donate it to charity, recycle it or bin it. It could make all the difference to your chances of a quick sale, at the price you are hoping for.