5 tips to make your house loveable
It’s a house thing. It’s a love thing.
How can i make my home attractive to potential buyers?
If you’re looking to sell your home in 2023, our top tip advice is to appeal to as many senses as possible. Buying a property is a multi-sensory experience, but think ‘visual’ first, because this is how properties are first judged, and even more so in the world of Instagram and social media.
As estate agents in Holmfirth and Mirfield, we’ve built a wealth of experience from helping people buy and sell homes around West Yorkshire.
- Think Insta. Think social media
First impressions count every time, and nowhere more so in a world of social media. You’ve done it yourself, probably many times over, and had a nosey at properties on Rightmove, Instagram and Facebook. And the ones that capture your attention are not just the stylish ones, but those that are clutter-free and tidy. So, before we send round our photographer, give your property its best chance of success and declutter every room. How would your house look, if you were swiping pictures on your phone?
Think “kerb appeal”Does your property stand out for all the wrong reasons? The best house on any street is the property that’s clean, tidy and looks well groomed. We’re not expecting you to buy a new set of windows or doors, but you can create a brilliant first impression by cleaning them, ensuring you have tidy curtains and blinds and, if you have one, a freshly groomed garden. It’s about investing time, not necessarily money, that can make a simple difference.
- Energy matters
Know your energy consumption. With energy costs now a major issue for all of us, house buyers will want to know how much it costs to provide heating and hot water to their potential new home. Whether you’re buying, selling or renting a home, you will need to see its Energy Performance Certificates which will show you how it performs in terms of saving energy. But having some rough numbers in your head for gas, electricity or even savings made from renewable energy sources such as solar panels, will help your buyer have a feel for what the running costs of your property really are.
- Scents and sensibility
Never underestimate the power of a nice-smelling home. You don’t need to overdo it, but a few strategically positioned reed diffusers, or even fresh flowers, will add a nice sensory touch. Avoid cheap, synthetic air fresheners as these just leave an artificial aroma. Failing that, if it’s not too cold, a blast of fresh air from a few open windows is a quick way of getting rid of house odours that you might have got used to - especially if you have pets.
- Bathrooms and kitchens
It’s said that these are the two rooms that sell a property. So, you don’t need to rush out and buy new ones, but you do need to present them in the best way possible. So, first declutter them to make them as minimalist as possible, and give them a really thorough clean. Let your buyers see the rooms, not all the shampoos, soaps, jams, marmalades and sauce bottles that typically clutter up these spaces. Go for the ‘brochure’ approach and imagine how they'd look in a magazine. Strip away all the things that get in the way of showing off their key features. And hold off from cooking that 27-ingredient MasterChef dinner until your buyers have had a proper nosey!
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