Demand for houses always outstrips supply, however this doesn't mean properties will always be snapped up straight away. Watching other houses nearby put up their sold signs while your 'for sale' post languishes month after month can be extremely disheartening. A common mistake is to assume that it's easier to leave the house exactly as it currently is, rather than fix it up to attract a buyer. But with a few simple steps, any house can become more saleable.
Basic DIY and maintenance will work wonders: fixing leaky taps, repairing ripped wallpaper, and replacing spent light bulbs will all help ensure a better first impression. Your house might have beautiful Victorian high ceilings and an original marble feature fireplace, but if the general ambiance is scruffy all those lovely bonus features will be swiftly overlooked.
Ditto if the decoration is too distracting. Vibrant colors might suit your furniture but for potential buyers trying to picture their own furniture in your home, it can cause a real conflict. Painting the walls a pale, neutral color throughout will help make the property appear more spacious, and therefore appeal to more people.
Clearing the clutter is another sensible idea to boost the spaciousness of a property. Remember, buyers might want to look in attics and built in cupboards so try to avoid stuffing them to the rafters. This won't only help to sell your house, it'll also make things easier when it's time for you to move! Getting all non-essentials boxed and labelled up, and throwing away all the unwanted rubbish, means one less job later on.
A neat and well-kept garden is also a huge draw for potential buyers. Often disregarded, outdoor space should be treated as another 'room', and a lovely garden will attract a healthy price premium. Replacing diminished topsoil and mulch gives a great first impression, and a good multipurpose compost dug in around any plants and trees means the garden will be at its healthiest during those all-important viewings. Visit Compost Direct to be certain you've got everything you need.
Finally, make the house welcoming. Fresh bunches of flowers, a gentle air freshener, and everything thoroughly clean will invite people in. Think about how show homes are laid out – cosy but chic – and aim for similar. Sparkling windows and neat garden paths may sound trite but it's things like this that really matter: and then you can get that sold sign up.