The housing market is often referred to as being a buyer’s market which is ideal for those looking to purchase a house, but also means that it is tougher to make your house stand apart from the rest if you are trying to sell. There are a number of things you can do to make your house more attractive to potential buyers and increase the likelihood of achieving a sale. Read below to see four of our favourite tips for making your home more attractive to potential buyers.
Create a good first impression
First impressions count and your house need to make a good one! Untidy lawns, entrance areas and doors will quickly put potential buyers off viewing your property so take the time to de-clutter drive ways from leaves and other debris. If you have wooden fencing, railings or doors that are looking old and tired, spruce them up before putting your house on the market. Creating an inviting entrance to your home is key to attracting buyers.
Light it up
Whether open-plan luxury apartment, five bedroomed detached house, or anything in between you need to show your property in its best light. Good lighting is one of the most important aspects to get right when attempting to sell your house. Not only will it show off your property’s best features and create a feeling of spaciousness- prospective purchasers will also want to see what they are buying! Ensure that all rooms are well lit with soft, ambient lighting that creates a peaceful, inviting atmosphere.
Homes inevitably become cluttered and cramped as they are lived in, so before inviting buyers to view your house it is worth taking the time to reorganise your belongings. Make use of innovative storage solutions for smaller areas and use props such as lighting or mirrors to create the illusion of space. Strategically placed mirrors can create focal points in smaller rooms, such as a decorative mirror hung above a fire place. Mirrors can also brighten darker rooms, making them look more spacious by reflecting a window or the opposite wall, suggesting a continuation of the room.
Surveys have suggested that the smell of freshly brewed coffee or baking bread can make a house seem homely and comforting, or even white tea and fig. So once buyers have been drawn into your property, seal the deal with enticing smells such as coffee or subtly scented fresh flowers like roses or lilies.