In a competitive property market, sellers can’t afford to put any buyers off by offering an unappealing home, so it’s key to address any issues that could put any doubt in potential buyers.
We’ve all seen and heard about horror stories like the photo above, so to make sure your house isn’t going to be in any hall of shame, we’ve picked out 10 things you need to avoid when selling your home:
1) Bad smells
Bad smells – including those from pets, smoking, dirt and spillages – can harm your chance of selling. So before putting your home on the market, it’s worth having a clean-up and using air fresheners and other pleasant odours if required.
2) Poor kerb appeal
Many buyers make up their mind within a minute of seeing your home. So first impressions are critical. Painting the front door, mowing the lawn, tidying the path, trimming bushes and clearing away rubbish or bins are good ways to improve kerb appeal.
3) A lack of photos
Most property searches start online so instructing an estate agents that will take plenty of high-quality photos of your home is a must. You only have a moment to catch people’s eye as they scroll through listings so fantastic pictures that show your home at its best are essential. Having a solitary photo like the above is going to leave potential applicants feeling like the interior has something to hide.
Less is definitely more when it comes to selling, both inside and outside. Don’t leave clothes or other possessions on the floor and keep photos, ornaments and personal items on display to a minimum. Clutter makes your home seem smaller and can be difficult for buyers to see past.
5) Sellers who show you round
Being shown round by a seller can make buyers feel uncomfortable and lead to them rushing through a property. It’s best to use an agent who can carry out viewings for you and point out all its best features. They can also give you honest feedback from viewers to aid your sale.
6) A substandard boiler
Buyers need to feel confident that they won’t be let down by an old, broken or inefficient heating system during the winter. So if you’re thinking of selling, it might be time for an upgrade.
7) Coloured bathrooms
While brightly coloured bathroom suites may have been considered the height of fashion in the 1970s and 1980s, they are certainly not well regarded by most modern buyers. Buying and fitting a stylish white suite won’t cost the earth but could add thousands to the selling price. Bear in mind that viewers may not fall in love with the olive green bath like you have…
A property that is too hot or too cold is sure to make buyers feel uncomfortable. It might even lead to questions about whether your heating system works. You should guarantee optimum comfort levels at all times.
9) Signs of damp
Damp is often regarded as the biggest turn-off when viewing a property. If your home has any damp patches or stains you should treat them and redecorate as soon as possible.
10) Extravagant fixtures and fittings
Some people will be immediately put off by over the top fixtures and fittings. A beautiful chandelier may bring life to the dining room of a stately home but could be overpowering in a two-bedroom terraced house. So keep things clean, modern and functional.
Got a property you’re looking to sell and don’t know where to start? With an agent and feeling that your house isn’t getting the interest it should be? Book an appointment with one of our local property experts.