How to Make Your Property More Attractive to Buyers
Selling a house or flat is not always easy, particularly when the property market is in the doldrums and potential buyers are few and far between. You could sit back and wait for a buyer to come along, but the best way of ensuring a quick sale is to dress up the property’s best features by investing some time and money in interior design.
How Much Do I Need To Spend?
Sometimes you have to spend money to make money and selling a property is no exception to this rule. You need to factor in other expenses when moving home, but once you have done this, take a look at what areas can be improved upon in order to make your property more saleable. Next put aside some money for the job. Draw up a budget and decide on a spending limit, then stick to it.
Choose What Areas To Work On
The best way to decide what areas to improve upon is to look at your home through the eyes of a potential buyer. Ask a friend to come over and give you an honest appraisal, or alternatively ask estate agents for helpful tips when they come to offer you a valuation. They are the experts in what sells a house, so take on board what they say.
Interior Design Tips
- Carpets – worn or old fashioned carpets can be highly detrimental to a room. You don’t even need to spend a fortune on an expensive carpet: find a cheap remnant in a neutral colour and have that fitted instead.
- Lighting – add some stylish lamps and mood lighting to enhance the rooms in your home. The right lighting can make a huge difference, especially in a room short on natural light.
- Dress rooms before a viewing – tidy up, remove extraneous clutter, and present your rooms in the best possible light. Buy new bedding for beds and throw some attractive cushions and throws on your old sofa.
- Dress up the garden – the garden is just as important as the rest of your home, so buy some colourful bedding plants for the borders, hang some pretty baskets, and tidy up everywhere else.
Making a Sale
Once you have had an acceptable offer on your home, you may be tempted to rush out and celebrate your good fortune, but now is not the time to relax. Instead of resting on your laurels, you need to start looking for a new home so you can plan your next interior design project.
Finding the Right Property
Selling a home might be difficult, but finding a new one can sometimes be even more complicated. On the one hand you probably have a list of ‘must have’ features, but on the other hand you are likely to be constrained by how much money you have to spend. So before you fall in love with the idyllic house of your dreams make an appointment with a mortgage advisor and find out exactly what your budget is and therefore how much you have to spend on a new home. And if it is not as much as you hoped for, consider widening your search to a cheaper area.
James writes for www.hardwickmissoldmortgages.co.uk, a website that helps people to claim compensation if they have been wrongly sold a mortgage or mortgage protection insurance.