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22 Aug 2017

Posted in:  First Time Buyer

You’ve decided to part ways with the humble abode that served you well. Though tears will be shed, your house has been a stop-gap for brilliant memories and experiences. Now it’s time to pass the proverbial mantle (and literal mantelpiece) to a new buyer by putting your house on the market.

Unless you’re one of the lucky ones, most previous sellers know that the selling process isn’t simply just showing a potential buyer around, having a chat, shaking hands and you’re done. Chances are, buyers (especially first time buyers) will be viewing several or even dozens of homes before they snap one up.

The process can take time – but it can drag on forever if you don’t make the right impression. Here are seven things you can do before showing your home to prospective buyers.


1. Clean, clean, clean

This might seem like an obvious one, but a spotlessly clean house is essential to showcase the space and make the right impression. Your mammy is an excellent Litmus test: if she can find dirt or dust in a nook or cranny, then it’s not quite clean enough.

Get your Mary Poppins bag out and clean your home from head to toe. Dust off every inch of surface space and polish every counter top and appliance so you’ve got a shiny home to show off to potential buyers.

2. Remove personal items

Removing family photos and items that are overly personal will help buyers envision themselves in your home.

Your home essentially needs to be a blank canvas. Buyers have to be able to imagine what it would be like with their possessions around the place, so pack away your stamp collection and the framed pictures from your holliers and let the house do the talking.

3. Simplify the décor

Store away or cover any décor that might turn people off with different tastes. A simple, classic painting? No problem at all, but your favourite leopard-print couch? Maybe cover it with blankets so it doesn’t take too much focus away from everything else.

Also, consider repainting the walls with more neutral colours. Using tans or whites can make a room look a lot more spacious and allow buyers to focus on the spaces themselves.

4. Spruce up the front entrance

What’s the first thing a potential buyer will see when they approach your home? We’ll give you a hint, it isn’t the shed in the back garden…

A buyer’s first impression will start right from setting eyes at the front entrance of your home. Even if you’re on a tight budget, consider ways to give your house a more pleasant and welcoming feel for the buyer. Give your front door a lick of paint or use plants to make your home more inviting. The first impression goes a long way.

5. Let as much natural light in as possible

Open up those curtains and blinds and let there be light! It’ll make the room look warmer and more inviting for the buyer and really show off the space.

6. Pay attention to smells

Your sense of smell is the closest linked sense to your memory. Use your bloodhound nose and pay close attention to how your house smells. Use an odour eliminator to neutralise the house and to keep the buyer’s focus on the good stuff.

Since it’s your house, some smells might not be immediately obvious or alarming to you. Ask a friend to have a sniff around the house to spot any questionable whiffs. Be aware of what you cook before a showing. Smells like bacon or onions might smell good at first, but they linger around and can turn off a potential buyer.

7. Highlight strong points

Drawing eyes to special and unique features of the house really helps to entice buyers.

Use bright colours like red or yellow to grab the buyer’s attention. A striking vase or plant on the mantelpiece can show off your fireplace, or use red pillows to show off your lovely window seat.

After all, it’s all about showcasing your house so buyers can fall in love with it too.

Are you a next time buyer?

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