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Top 9 Tips + 2 Extra: How to present your property effectively when selling it

Thinking of selling a property? Really? You should keep in mind some things about "staging", as it's called. According to Wikipedia the home staging is:

"Home staging is the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money. Staging techniques focus on improving a property's appeal by transforming it into a welcoming, attractive product that anyone might want"

If you want to know more about what is home staging check out the link below please:

Home Staging Definition

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Applying the next tips will not ensure the house is sold faster but they can help adding more value to the property. Lets have a look:

1. First impressions are very important! Normally, the first thing the potential buyer sees is the patio or garden, make sure it’s clean and tidy. Try placing some new potted plants in the area, you can always take these with you!

2. De-clutter and remove as many personal items as possible, put away pet toys, family photos, toiletries etc. Although you may still be living in the property you have made the decision to sell it and a property is much more attractive to a buyer if it has be de-personalised as it is easier for them to imagine themselves living there.

3. Get rid of odours and make sure your property smells nice. Buy some scented candles to light just before viewings.

4. Place a bowl of fruit or fresh flowers in the lounge or kitchen.

5. Bedrooms - make sure that beds are made and room is tidy. All clothes need to be in wardrobes or drawers.

6. Bathrooms - remove all your personal items and ensure your bathroom is spotlessly clean. Put the toilet seat down!

7. Lounge - put away all papers & try not to have too many un-needed items lying around. If you have animals put them outside when viewers arrive.

8. Kitchen - remove any items that are not needed as it is always better to have clear worktops. Ensure all dirty pots are washed and put away.

9. Any peeling paint or damp patches need looking at immediately as it will definitely put a potential buyer off.

Extra Tip

10. Let your agent conduct the viewing. They are the experts and know how best to present your property to its highest potential. Only answer questions that are directly asked, do not ‘offer’ information to a potential buyer because what you might think is a positive selling point for your property, it might not be for the buyer. It’s up to the agent to "Sell” your property.

11. Do not follow the buyer around, it can really make them feel uncomfortable and put them off.

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Remember, we are here to help you! If you need any more advice or if you would like us to assist you in ensuring your property is presented to its fullest potential please contact Kellie on 966 719 689.

3 Nov 2015
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