Whether you are selling your home or you are planning to let it, you will want to ensure you get the very best price for it. Preparing your home properly for sale or let, can make a huge difference, not only regarding the price you get, but also how quickly it is sold or let.
Here we explore how to develop your interiors in order to sell or let at a better rate.
Deconstruct and Reconstruct
Although not to be taken literally, deconstructing and reconstructing your interiors is a really effective way in which to prepare them for sale or let. Strip a room down to its bare bones and you have a blank canvas from which to begin the process of staging.
Staging is a term used by online estate agents and refers to preparing your property for photographs used for marketing – basically, you just want the property to look its very best and you should start by emphasising the space.
Emphasising the Space
Making the rooms in your property look as big as possible is a must and there are several ways in which you can achieve this. Decluttering is paramount and should be at the top of your list. It is amazing what a difference this can make, start by removing anything that doesn’t have to be there; clear the floors and other surfaces, make sure storage spaces like selves are not too crammed with stuff and leave only your best cushions out on display.
Once you have done this, consider the furniture, are there any pieces that are surplus to requirements and if there are move or get rid of them – eBay maybe? What remains should be positioned nicely, a little feng shui never goes amiss at this stage.
When you are happy that you have made the most of the space, it is time to make sure everywhere is spotless.
Fresh and Clean
There is nothing more appealing than walking into a property that is tidy, fresh and clean. So, cleaning the windows, wiping down all the surfaces, skirting boards and dusting is essential. The final job is to vacuum the floors and then open the windows to let in some fresh air.
At this stage you may find yourself wondering why you are moving out of such a lovely home, but fear not and move on to the next step – selling a lifestyle.
Selling a Lifestyle
At the end of the day decoration and furnishing is superficial and buyers are only too aware of this and so spending a lot of money on staging is unnecessary, as you will not get it back. That said, however, you are to a degree selling a lifestyle and to maximise this aspect of your home there are some simple things to consider.
When people are viewing your property, you want then to see it in a good light – literally. Open curtains and blinds to maximise the amount of natural light and switch on some lights as well.
Lamps work well, particularly if they are attractive, not only will they give you more light, but also a little drama. If you don’t have any attractive lamps, consider buying some, as they can be taken with you to your next home.
Light and airy rooms play a large part in helping to get the best possible price for a property.
A lovely bunch of flowers also works well when it comes to selling a lifestyle. White lilies, for example, look amazing and they smell nice. Any trick you can think of to use as an aspirational incentive is worth considering.
Having followed these steps, you should have your property prepared and ready for a successful and profitable sale or let.