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What do I need to do to get the house ready to sell?

The saying ‘you never get a second chance to make a first impression’ is spot on when it comes to selling houses, so it’s essential to showcase your home in the best possible light. We’re going to uncover some hot tips for becoming ‘open inspection ready’.

Keep it neutral

Your taste may not be everyone’s cup of tea, so try to present your home as neutrally as possible to appeal to the wider market. By keeping things simplistic you’re making it far more viable for potential buyers to envision their own furniture, style and décor in their imagination while exploring your property.

If it’s broken, fix it

A home that appears valuable is more valuable. Make sure the property looks cared for and beloved, not neglected. It’s certainly worth getting small issues fixed as the value can equate to thousands in the mind of a potential buyer.

Simple touches speak volumes

A few simple touches can make all the difference. If you’re limited by time, don’t panic! There are simple ways to embellish the property without having to commit to a full-blown re-decoration project. For example, fill blank walls with mirrors and paintings, or add plants and vases to empty surfaces to create a homelier feel.

Entice the outside inside

Make your home inviting for the outside world. If it’s going to be a hot day, crank that air conditioning and make your viewers comfortable as they peruse your home. If it’s the middle of winter use warm lighting indoors and outdoors, light fires, and heat your home accordingly.

Placement is key

Utilise your furniture in a way that maximises the space in the home. Think about your current layout and shift if necessary, to create that wide-open, spacious scene. Open all internal doors to create an open flow, as well as create the illusion of more space.

Lastly but firstly

Ensure the front façade of the house and front garden is up to scratch. This is the viewer’s initial impression of the property. You don’t want to turn them off before they’ve even stepped inside. Make sure the façade of your home is immaculate and the path, driveway and garden is clean and inviting.

Once the hard work is done, relax and disappear for the viewing, letting our highly skilled Hodges property professionals do their job.



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