13:12 PM, 8th August 2011, About 10 years ago
Selling a property relies as much on first impressions as it does location and price. Many people when viewing a property can often see past the dated kitchen, avocado bathroom suite and dated wallpaper. But there are always some that can’t. Maximising the appearance of the interior can mean the difference between a sale or no sale.
An empty property can often be a turn off to some people who might wonder will their sofa make it up the stairs or can they feasibly fit a bed in the second bedroom. I remember working for a landlord who had recently purchased a 2 bedroom apartment off plan, only to be informed by me that there was no way to get even a futon bed into the second bedroom! Home staging does serve a useful purpose. £1000 spent on furnishings can show the potential of a small space, and quite often can be sold on as part of the deal. A table that fits neatly into a small kitchen suddenly transforms the space into a kitchen/ diner.
A ground floor flat with a view over the shared car park can turn people off. Screening the view with venetian blinds which allow the light through but filter the view will turn the buyer’s attention back into the flat. For around £300 you can replace the existing bathroom suite, a job a potential buyer might not want to consider but is easy enough to do.
If it’s a lived in property the rules of declutter and tidy apply. Move the children’s toys from the hall, hide the ironing in a cupboard and at least show the carpet the vacuum cleaner.
Little things that don’t cost a lot can mean the difference between you receiving a sale and your asking price – or not!
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