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8 tips for selling your house

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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We here, at homify, have often shown projects from our home staging experts, offering tips on how to help homeowners enhance their property for sale on the market, to spruce the place up or to let it shine in the best light. In general though, we are able to extend some advice that one can carry out themselves, pre-sale, to make the place look great and, hopefully, boost that market price up by a few thousand!

1. First impressions

The first impression counts! Therefore, it’s important that the house’s outside is in an immaculate, tidy and welcoming condition. Chaos, disorder and dirt will deter that initial feel for customers and give them a bad impression from the start. It’s therefore advisable to remove garbage, stow around children's toys away, clean front door, windows and letterboxes, fertilize the lawn, mow, weed and cut hedges and shrubs. The effort is worth it in every case!

2. Presentation

What is true for the outdoors, of course, is also true of the interior of house. Again, it’s important to create space—clean out and clean up. A cluttered property not only act as a deterrent, it will also make the place seem smaller than it really is. So, it's the perfect time to separate yourself from useless things and dispose of anything that is no longer needed. 

3. Clean, clean, clean

Now it’s time for a thorough spring-clean! A buffed house looks inviting and appealing. So hire yourself a carpet cleaner and even get the upholstery done—all that’s necessary to make the place sparkle.  

4. Repairs

 Terrace by BioMaderas GmbH
BioMaderas GmbH

Teak Terrasse

BioMaderas GmbH

Before showing the house to potential buyers, you should make a list of repairs that need to be done and them actually do them! A broken fence, a drooping corner of wallpaper—all small things that prospective buyers will notice and you perhaps won’t. 

5. A new coat of paint

 Walls & flooring by vanHenry interiors & colours
vanHenry interiors & colours

City & Loft Strong by vanHenry colours

vanHenry interiors & colours

A bit of fresh paint can do wonders. Important: use neutral, light colours to visually enlarge the space and meet every taste. 

6. Depersonalise

 Living room by INSIDE Création
INSIDE Création

Séjour design

INSIDE Création

No matter what kind of style you like and how many quirky items you think make the place look great (and even if they do), not everyone may be of the same taste as you. In this regard, we advise you to hide up anything garish or edgy when your viewers come to view your house. Doing this will ensure that they see the place in the most secure light possible and, theoretically, increase your chances of a sale

7. Modernise

We're not talking about making everything modern, just the things like bedsheets, towels and maybe the odd light fitting. The effect of this will be of a well cared for home, and a place that a prospective buyer can replicate this in with ease.

8. The light is right!

Light is especially important if you want to sell a property. Bright and open spaces are charming and leave a lot of room for imagination. So all blinds and curtains are to be opened and the place made bright and cheerful. If you want to make small rooms appear more generous, try adding a mirror on the opposing wall to where the natural light enters.

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Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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