5 Top Tips to Make Your Home Sell Faster

News at HPS Estate Agents Ltd | 19/07/2023

5 Top Tips to Make Your Home Sell Faster

Here are some of our top tips to prepare your home for sale and help it sell faster!

1. Declutter! 

People need to be able to envisage what the property would look like if they were living there. People often find this difficult when a home feels cramped with clutter, so make it easy for them to see all the fantastic living space you’re offering them.

2. A fresh coat of paint! 

Giving your walls a fresh coat of neutral paint will make your home seem lighter and bigger. It will enable the viewers to more easily imagine how they would adapt the rooms to their needs.

3. Maximise kerb appeal!

Kerb appeal creates a lasting first impression – most buyers make up their minds in the first few minutes of arriving at a property. A survey of more than 2,000 UK adults conducted by YouGov, revealed the most important features for kerb appeal were well-maintained windows and a roof that appeared in good condition.

4. Fix and clean!

Make any minor repairs – holes in walls, broken door knobs, cracked tiles, torn or threadbare carpets. Many buyers want to move in without making changes, so allow for this. Clean everything until it sparkles. Get rid of limescale, clean and repair tile grout, wax wooden floors, get rid of odours, hang up fresh towels. This will make the place more appealing and allow viewers to imagine living there. Tidy the garden: cut bushes back, clean the patio and furniture of lichen and dirt, and cut the grass. While this doesn’t add much value to your home, it makes it more likely to sell as people visualise themselves using the garden.

5. Get the right smells!

Bad smells are the single biggest turn off for prospective buyers. Don’t just cover them up, fix the source of the smell. Clear drains, wash bins, open windows, air the kitchen from old cooking smells, get rid of furniture that is embedded with cigarette smoke, and wash any grimy bed sheets. If you are a smoker, place bowls of vinegar around the house and leave out for three days. Though the vinegar will smell when you open the windows it will disappear quickly taking most of the stale cigarette smell out with it. Conversely, good smells can make a property feel like an alluring home. While it might be impractical to bake fresh bread, cakes or brownies for every viewer that visits your home, you could perhaps brew some fresh coffee.